Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #0.2)
Slow at first but adds a lot more information to the series.
Goodreads: Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.
This novella comes before Red Queen but I would highly suggest reading it after the first novel. It follows the story of Farley and the Scarlet Guard, with a few appearances from Mare’s brother.
There isn’t really much to talk about with this novella except that there are a lot of characters and a lot of movement to keep on top of which for me became confusing. But the way Aveyard has written this novella helps add colour to our image of the Scarlet Guard and how they operate which was very interesting.
We also got to learn a little bit more about Mare’s brother and Farley which added to the original novel. However, unlike the first novella, Queen Song (review here) I don’t think it is necessary to read this one in order to get a better understanding of the story.
However, if you need your memory refreshing before picking up Glass Sword when it comes out next week then I would say give this a go. It isn’t essential but it does put you back into the world with a little bit more of an understanding of the Scarlet Guard and an idea as to what might happen in the next book.
Have you read Red Queen or any of the novellas? Are you exited for Glass Sword – I’ve got it pre-ordered!!