And so, every Sunday for the foreseeable future, I would like to highlight short stories and novellas set in worlds I've already come to love and learn a little more about some of the secondary characters in my favorite novels. I'll be underscoring some of my favorite aspects of these short works of fiction, in addition to offering up a mini review of each work.
This week I'm featuring a prequel story from the Fire and Thorns world:
Author: Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns, book #0.6
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
In the same way that I didn't think I'd like reading Alodia's story in The Shadow Cats, I was hesitant to read Mara's story in The Shattered Mountain. But that Rae Carson is a freaking genius. She draws me into each girl's story, whether I initially wanted to be there or not.
Mara always seemed like such a strong young woman, like she was a survivor, despite how reserved and quiet she was. And after reading The Shattered Mountain, I know why. This girl has been through hell and made it out alive. And Mara has the scars to prove it. Unfortunately, with this being a prequel story, we already know she's going to suffer more before she gets anything resembling a happy ending. If she even gets that...you never know with that Rae Carson. She has a habit of maiming or killing any character you even look at twice.
But that's what I love about this series. It's so completely unpredictable. You never know what's around the next turn, so you'd best just stop guessing now. I, uh, couldn't help myself once I read this novella and had to immediately pick up my galley of The Bitter Kingdom, and even knowing how it all ends, I'm still in shock. There's just so much to take in. I highly recommend this series, even to those who aren't big on fantasy. It's truly one of my favorite YA fantasy series...ever. I'm sad that it's over, but at least we get one more novella before all is said and done...and it's from Hector's point-of-view!!!
**You don't have to read any of the prequel novellas, but you totally should.**
the Fire & Thorns series