Personally I think I could have done without this book. It basically charts the history of Victoria's fantastical world and the long reigning feud between the reds and the silvers. To me it felt like reading a textbook having a blend of geography and history.
The initial pages of the book are tiresome and I was left wondering why was I even reading it. It was my love for the Red Queen series that me complete this novella.
The book has a collection of stories including Steel scars and Queen's song and is basically a diary written by Julian who has recorded his findings to the present day. It was refreshing to read a short adventurous story on the Lakelander side of things although it was difficult to put it into perspective in the larger facets of the book.
Although I waited patiently to Mare and Cal to show, they do but it left much to be wanted. As I said before I didn't think their story needed closure because the events of war storm made the open ending of the book and their story quite believable. And who are we kidding even without the author putting it on paper we all know how that relationship is gonna turn out.
However, being a total Maven freak I was happy to read his POV and I can say that I was satisfied at the end.
The end of the book did make me realize that we truly reached the end if this rollercoaster adventure and I do hope for many more wonders from this talented author.