Selection Novella, A: The Queen by Kiera Cass
Before America Singer’s story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….
Don’t miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon’s parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.1
Queen Amberly has always been a mysterious character in the novels with only small tidbits revealed. The Queen novella takes place during Amberlys own selection process vying for Prince Clarkson. Since she was a little girl she was in love with Clarkson from a far, now being in such close proximity her dreams could come true. But how can she become a princess if he won’t even look at her?
Many of the remaining girls come from respectable castes, 2’s and 3’s, while Amberly’s rough hands show the marks of the work of a 7. Coming from a highly polluted area, Amberly suffers from severe headaches and her health could cost her everything she has dreamt.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for the Selection series and all the novellas. Keep ’em coming Kiera Cass. I was excited to read The Queen but I must admit I was disappointed with the length. There and gone in a flash coming in at a mere 72 pages. We are able to dive right into the selection process, the castle and caste differences but there was one thing that I could not get into and that was Prince Clarkson. Knowing the man he becomes, and even the prince he is fits a more archaic time. There was no swooning involved here.
I won’t venture any further as I’m sure I have covered more than half of those 72 pages already. If you like the Selection series the novellas are a must. You can’t really argue that you don’t have time as it can be done in a short sitting.
1. Book summary courtesy of Kiera Cass webpage.