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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Victoria Aveyard's Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection is a collection of extra stories, maps, and other "bonus material" for fans who've already finished the four-volume Red Queen series by the same author. It doesn't stand on its own, and two of the novellas have already appeared in print under the title Cruel Crown. Violence includes fantasy violence and remembered past events; blood and pain are mentioned but there's no gore. Strong language is rare but includes "f--king," "s--t," "asses," and "bitch." There are several same-sex romantic relationships but very little sexual content, just a few brief kisses and some caressing along with mentions of physical attraction and romantic feelings. A few older adults drink to excess; older teens of age rarely have wine or other alcohol on social occasions.
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What's the story?
BROKEN THRONE: A RED QUEEN COLLECTION is just that, a collection of short story/novellas, maps, journal entries, and fictional research into the history of the Red Queen world. Favorite characters and villains make appearances in events from before, during, and after the events of the original series. Mare, Cal, Maven, Evangeline, General Farley, an insane lake nymph, and more fill in some gaps in the original and provide more glimpses into what the future may hold for the characters and the world they inhabit.
Is it any good?
Fans of Victoria Aveyard's popular fantasy series will love going back to the Red Queen world, but the collection of stories, maps, and timelines doesn't stand on its own. Fictional journal entries, historical research, and the stories/novellas of Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection rely on the reader already having a deep understanding of the world and appreciation for the characters and the journeys they've undertaken. And be forewarned: Two of the novellas here have already been published as Cruel Crown.
It's a successful companion piece, though, that provides further insight into the main characters, fills in some gaps, and closes some circles while leaving room for even more. Maps, timelines, and journal entries help visualize the world, flesh out some characters, and sort out the order of some events. Mild-to-moderate fantasy violence, sexy stuff, and language make it best for teens and up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection fits in with the rest of the Red Queen series. Were there too many unanswered questions that this book answers? Why do you think the author wrote this book?
Why are fantasy series so popular? What do we love about them? Can we ever get enough of revisiting our favorite characters and worlds?
What are some of your favorite fantasy series? How does this one compare?
- Author: Victoria Aveyard
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication date: May 7, 2019
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
- Number of pages: 480
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 3, 2019
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