Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a must-have companion to the chart-topping series from number one New York Times best-selling author Victoria Aveyard.
The perfect addition to the number one New York Times best-selling Red Queen series, this features three brand-new novellas, two previously published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-heard bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content.
Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!
The complete list of narrators includes Amanda Dolan, Vikas Adam, Charlie Thurston, Erin Spencer, Andi Arndt, Jayne Entwistle, Nick Podehl, Emily Woo Zeller, Arielle DeLisle, and Stephen Graybill.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 10 minutes|
|Narrator||Amanda Dolan, Vikas Adam, Charlie Thurston, Erin Spencer, Andi Arndt, Jayne Entwistle, Nick Podehl, Emily Woo Zeller|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 07, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11,542 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
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I’m so happy Kilorn will have a brillant future and Mare and call lived long enough to see their kids grow. OMG how I wish we could get more stories about them as parents! It would have been hilarious!
I’m content knowing the Mare and Cal got the HEA and that will be enough. I’m sad we might never get new stories about these dear characther, its always been a well written story but so many emotions. I feel sad its over but its certainly a story worth reading many times over.
There were at least 3 f words (from the parts I read) which I found annoying because even if it’s a “new world” language like that doesn’t fit the time period imo, but to each their own.
I was more interested in what happened to the main characters than any history—with how long the other books were I felt like I had enough background.
The section with new characters was interesting, but honestly was not necessary I felt. However, I liked them much better than Evangeline’s section. I felt she already had her happy ending and would have rather more time to be given to Mare, so I skimmed over hers to get the main idea.
Mare and Cal’s section takes place two months after the 4th book and is in the last 20ish percent of the book.
In the end, readers will be happy with the idea of Mare and Cal ending up together, but will be disappointed if they were expecting any descriptive details with dialogue as to their life together, which is summed up within a few paragraphs.
As to the content? I probably wouldn’t have paid the full price. There’s a short story about Coriane, one about Farley, and one about another Silver and Red duo that takes place peripherally to some other events, but doesn’t contain anyone from the others. While it’s interesting, it’s more like the start of an adventure novel rather than anything that can really stand on its own. Another portion of the book, maybe the last 28% is Mare and Cal, and as others said, it would have been better suited as an end to the fourth book, rather than that bizarre ending we had. However, don’t go in expecting closure in the story. There is a *bit* of closure in the last 2% that goes into what happens briefly (like a wiki article on the next 20 years of Montfort/Norta/Lakeland’s wars) but basically it’s just a few sentences.
I loved the original 4 books, and own the kindle versions, but unless you are a completist, I would just check this one out at the library. It’s probably better in that format anyway. While I understand the author’s desire for the characters to be realistic and complex, it’s still fiction and most people want things to be ended in a satisfying way. We live in reality that can be unsatisfying, so we read fiction that places it’s characters in difficult or horrific situations because we want to see them overcome them - because it gives us the readers a sense of overcoming too.
Although a lot of people probably glanced through the histories, I enjoyed reading it and getting more backstory to the formation of this world (even the foreshadowing of how climate changed messed it up).
I'm just glad I got to hear about everyone for one last time--to see and feel like everything was going to work out in the end. Sad to see the series end but I loved it!!
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Each of the stories adds weight to the wider series - something a lot of anthologies struggle to pull off entirely - and each focuses on a particular character or duo. The inner musings of Julian and various extracts from him were unusual and felt wasteful and out of place. Aside from a really stunning family tree and an interesting timeline of events, the extracts serve purely as messy recaps of the events of the previous four books. I do think they look really nice, the random scribblings are fun and different, but they felt pointless because they added very little, if anything, to our current understanding of things.
Queen Song is the first of the two duplicate stories within this collection, showcasing the life of Coriane before she marries the King, her internal struggles with mental health and the torture she was subjected to at the hands of Elara. There are few spoilers within, and the story is pretty good, giving interesting insight into a character we see very little of in the wider series and adding weight to the relationships between Julian, Sara, Coriane and Elara. 4/5 stars.
Steel Scars centres on Farley taking command of a mission and sharing intelligence via coded communications with her general, most of which are of the usual snarky and rebellious nature readers have come to expect from Diane Farley. Whilst this is pretty interesting it was also quite repetitive due to the format of the communications as transcripts, and equally didn't feel as compelling as a standard narrative. It does however provide a behind-the-scenes kind of look at the moment Shade and Farley meet and this felt authentic and really well played out. 3/5 stars.
World Behind was easily the most compelling of the stories within this collection. It introduces Ashe, a Red and captain of a commuting boat, and Lyrisa, a Silver on the run and hoping to buy her way onto his boat. I adored this story and both of the characters captured entirely different but equally useful perspectives. Whilst Ashe wants to mind his own business, isn't fond of Silvers and lives a relatively humble life, Lyrisa really showcases how the glamorised nature of the Silvers is perhaps not all it would seem. She's also a fun insight into an ability not portrayed terribly often within the wider series. Alongside this is a healthy dose of mystery about her purpose on board and this resulted in a total page turner. 5/5 stars.
Iron Heart felt very much like War Storm. Evangeline and Elane have alternating chapters, much like the alternating chapters of World Behind, but neither of them are especially captivating within this story. It takes place following the events of War Storm, with some focus on Elane and Evangeline's relationship (but nothing much more than we'd already seen previously) and considering if Ptolemus and Evangeline might abdicate their right to the throne. Whilst I wasn't especially interested by any of the characters, the political intrigue is really high in this story, with some important events taking place which reshape the future of the characters. Despite really liking Evangeline prior to this, I found her a little flat here. 4/5 stars.
Fire Light is the highly anticipated reunion between Cal and Mare following the close of the series and honestly it was probably the most disappointing story of the bunch. Neither Cal or Mare were characters I felt significant connections with; they both have very similar narrative voices which can make their interactions quite wooden. But more so than this, their eventual reunion was limited, superficial and didn't really have much impact aside from a predictable, albeit satisfying, conclusion to the cliffhanger of War Storm. 3/5 stars.
Farewell was brief but very clever. Aveyard does a fantastic job again of letting us into the head of a monster whilst still managing to humanise them; Maven is every piece the horrific mask he wears for his brother but this also captures his vulnerabilities. This is also told in alternating perspectives between Cal and Maven to highlight their toxic relationship - it left me wondering if Maven's story could have ended differently and what that might have looked like. 3/5 stars.
Despite some of the stories packing less punch than others, Victoria Aveyard's writing has only gotten better and this collection is a perfect example of that - and of why Red Queen was so good! I absolutely love this world, I find Aveyard's ideas really fun to read and her attention to detail is incredible - a perfect combination of intelligent, compelling and thorough prose, the likes of which encompass genuinely good fantasy writing. This world, the kingdoms, house and rules make for an incredible read and it was so nice just to be back with the Reds for one last time.
I already had Cruel Crown which features Queen Song and Steel Scars, so I skipped over these stories as I had recently read them.
Without spoiling it, you get to check back in with a few favourite characters and there is also a story from two new POV’s which I enjoyed. It also covers the history of the Red Queen world and fleshed our the Royal Line of Norta which I loved and found very interesting.
I found this really easy to read, I like the fact that there are no major story arcs of battles. It is just a glimpse into the lives of a few characters, no major drama. I loved it.
All over good book, Not all answers, however would certanly recomend the read