Book 1.5 - The Culled Crown Series. A Culled Crown Novella. Ten girls. Nine bodies. One crown. If given the chance to be queen, would you take it? Viera Kevlar is goddess-touched, one of ten female heirs to the Erydian throne. She is a poisoner, the first girl in the history of the Culling to ever be blessed with such an ability. Despite her own reservations and desires, she will have to fight for the crown. She may have to die for it. If she wins the Culling by killing the other nine candidates, then she will be crowned queen of Erydia. Her family will be invited to live in the palace and her mother might have access to healers who could save her life. But to be queen, she may have to lose the one thing she cares most about-- herself. This is a novella that acts as a prequel to Monroe Benson's story--"The Culled Crown." I would suggest reading that novel before reading this one. Although this story takes place before Monroe's Culling, this novella should be read between book one and book two.