I love me a good fantasy novella - I think that they are a sure sign of how talented the author is. It is no easy feat to comprise something tangible and complete in so little pages.
This novella is a prequel to author's The Vengeance Trilogy and it does a great job of making the reader crave more of this world, more of the setting, more of the beautiful writing and to just know what happens next??
Obviously, I already purchased the first book in the trilogy - I mean how could you not?
I've been craving more asian inspired fantasy books and this honestly couldn't have come at a better time. In Shadows we Fall is a perfect mix of power hungry delusional emperor, a conspiracy, a mother who would do anything for her children and magic that puts fear into your bones.
Being a novella it is short, like very short. And that's probably my only complaint with it - because I really, really wanted more! Even 10 more pages would have done the trick, but instead I am left with millions of questions and a burning desire to read the next book immediately (I just might to be honest).
The writing pulled me in from page one - it was seamless, simple but descriptive. The characters are so morally conflictive that you don't know who to root for, or even if you should be rooting for anybody at all.
Is it fair to leave the reader hungry for more? Is it fair to tease and give nothing away? Sure - this is a brutal fantasy world, and here all and nothing is fair.
Freelance BETA reader.