Both of these short stories were a nice addition to the Red Queen series.
I enjoyed finding out more about Queen Coriane in the Queen Song s..Show More »tory, including how she met King Tiberias and how she died. The character of Coriane I didn’t fall in love with as much as I would have liked to, she spent a lot of time doubting herself and complaining about being alone in the beginning. The only issue I had with this story was that it didn’t answer the question on who actually killed her, if anything it made it even more questionable. As an individual story I would rate this a 3.5/5 as I would have liked a bit more detail in it.
Steel Scars tells us more about Farley and what she was doing before and overlaps with the Red Queen story. However I didn’t really have any interest in this story at all, it didn’t hook me in and I didn’t feel the need to really know this story. Farley came across in this rather a boring character where as in the Red Queen and Glass Sword I found her to be quite interesting.
Also in this story there was a lot of decoded messages that were being sent between people in the Scarlet Guard, regarding the mission Farley was on. To be honest I had no clue what any of them meant, with code names being used as well as real names it was hard to keep track on what they were talking about.
As an individual story I would rate this with just managing to get a 3/5. I managed to read through this so it was not bad enough for me to force myself to read but this probably was helped by the fact it was only about 100 pages.
Overall I enjoyed the first story but would have much preferred an extended version of Queen Story or a story on another character such as Shade rather than the Farley story in Steel Scars. Together as one book I have given this a 3 stars.
All in all, this book was... OK... I found the characters were not very well developed and the main character was annoying in a look-at-me-I'm-so-uniq..Show More »uely-special and look-at-me-all-the-boys-love-me way. While the topic is obviously not twilight, I did draw comparisons in my head to it, as I found the protagonist rather self centered, manipulative and two dimensional and there was a love triangle (possibly will develop into a rectangle in the future books!) that was annoying. The other characters are fairly standard but do the job. I am sure that Cal will set some hearts a flutter with his perfection with a minor but acceptable flaw, but I can't say that he did anything for me.
The storyline is alright. I found it a bit predictable, but it kept my attention well enough and I did get to the end of the book without too much bother. There were some twists that, while not a total surprise, kept interest up.
I also found the world it was set in quite odd. The author seemed to draw from high fantasy GoT style worlds and futuristic dystopian worlds, throwing them into the blender with a hint of steampunk in the mix!
In short, if you don't mind your protagonists being precious little teenagers and want something that is mildly engaging for a short time, this is a mildly engaging bit of fantasy that you can escape with for a while, but, if I were you, I wouldn't shift it to the top of your wish list.