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on Feb. 20, 2014 :
Although this short prequel does not contain any spoilers for the first book in the trilogy and could be read beforehand, I believe that the true purpose of any good prequel is to grant further insight into characters and situations with which the reader is already familiar from reading the primary work. Otherwise, why not simply make it Part One?
This story serves that purpose, giving us more backstory about Jennet and how she first came to Feyland. A problem that I had with Book One was actually that we were not given enough to connect with about Jennet, so I'm pleased that this prequel took care of that, and makes Jennet a little more sympathetic. However, the writing is a bit padded when Jennet is "in-game", in that it is repetitive about her suspicions that Feyland is something more, and that at times it completely repeats sections of Book One's opening. I still kind of wish that this prequel and Book One could just be retooled into one complete novel.
(review of free book)