I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of the fantasy genre, but C.C. Cole managed to write a book that even those who aren't fantasy fans could delve into. For a new author, this is a pretty good debut. Despite it being a novella, you could still see the development in writing style as the book progressed. I was fully intrigued by the middle of the book and Cole gives the heroine, Shevata, room to grow as a character for future installments. It had dark themes, but very age appropriate for YA. Fantasy fan or not, I thought the premise was great and loved the integration of both fantasy and horror elements. I certainly look forward to reading the second book in the series! I believe C.C. Cole may have converted me!
Disclosure: My review of Claudia's short novella "The Fury" was not contingent on her reviewing my novellas.
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