Christine McDonnell has been writing stories since she learned how to write. She found out early on that she had a talent for writing fantasy, and she's stuck with it ever since.
Christine is currently a sophomore at Longwood University. While writing is a deep passion for her, she also finds time to spend with her friends and family. When not hanging with friends or writing, she does more research... by READING fantasy books. Especially by authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, who also have stories here on Smashwords.(Check them out!! *hinthint*)
on July 19, 2012 :
**MILD SPOILERS AHEAD--READ AT YOUR OWN RISK OF LOSING THE SURPRISE FACTOR**
This short-story was well-written indeed....usually I dislike stories written in first-person POV (as the author tends to insert traits of themself that may not correlate well with how their character is openly portrayed), but if I hadn't known you in real life, I would have never guessed that a young-adult female--with no experience as a grieving parent, such as the main character was-- the author.
I gave it only 3 stars because this prequel indeed left me asking a lot of questions, as reviewer Yvonne posted....and I know stories are not supposed to feed the reader every answer imaginable, but for a short story (unless you were to plan on making 10 more of these short stories) there seemed to be too much going on, and the pace was very fast considering how many characters you've introduced. If it were only four or less characters, a fast pace is understandable. But to throw in his attendant, and Demetria, the maid....I could be wrong but I have a hunch that one (or both) of them will become quintessential later on in the series, and the introduction of them was far too swift for me to gather any lasting impressions. I think with such a fast pace and vague introductions readers may have to flip to previous pages/chapters later on in the series to remember a forgotten character.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 24, 2012 :
This prequel leaves you asking a lot of questions...why was Lucian chosen as the leader, why are his young daughters such a threat to the Seeker, why is the Tristica rebelling? I can't wait to find the answers in this new series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)