Let me say one thing about this short story. I WISH IT HAD BEEN A FULL NOVEL! The characters are vibrant, sympathetic where they need to be, suitably evil where they need to be, and none of them get stale. Perhaps this is the reason for the shortness of the story, but I just loved every thing about this book that I didn’t want it to end.
At only 59 pages, the author had to do a lot, quickly. She did that. In the first two pages we know that Thalia wants someone dead, James is in danger, and the two of them will be the central characters in the book. As the story progresses, we learn why Thalia wants someone dead and we start rooting for both her and James. When the plot comes to a head, you fear. When it is resolved, you cheer (and cry a little).
I loved some of the imagery and the side characters that were very nearly as rich as the main characters. I wanted to know more of the traveling caravans. I wanted more details of James and Thalia as they grew closer, but this wanting was part of the brilliance of the work.
It’s a quick read, a rich world, and an engaging story. Definitely 5 stars.
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