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This article contains plot details about Broken Throne.
On their keel, Ashe and his crew talk about rumors that they have heard on the waters and on the port. They've heard gossip about the Nortan royalty losing their status and power and that they have heard of a Red girl who has Silver powers who goes by the name of Mare Barrow. Gill, who is part of Ashe's keel crew, says that he heard that the king, Maven Calore, kidnapped her out of love and she managed to escape at the wedding of Iris Cygnet and Maven.
Ashe makes his living smuggling refugees and illegal goods, and he hates Silvers. However, this doesn't stop him from accepting a generous payment to ferry Lyrisa, a runaway Piedmont princess, downriver to the Great Sea. Lyrisa is a distance relative of the Piedmont king, and betrothed to a cousin of the Lakelands queen.
World Behind attempts to equalize each of the Red and Silver stances. Reds are just as prejudiced as Silvers, and just because someone is a Silver doesn't mean their life is easy and wonderful. The novella also shows how people in different levels of society perceived Mare during her capture. Lyrisa makes it clear, as do the Red servants on board the keel, that Mare wasn't there of her own free will, while Ashe had thought she sounded genuine in her broadcast.
- This novella enriches the world of the Red Queen series itself. We hear the names of new cities: Mephia and Mizoura.
- We learn that a place in the Prairie Lands is called Fourskulls is the deteriorated remains of Mt. Rushmore.