First the short story.
Lady Ansleigh Smyth and her two year old son, Tristan. One of the immortal fae, she traded it all for a chance to win the heart of a human, but discovered "You cannot win something that does not exist." She returns home, broken and sick, hoping her family will forgive her and heal her and her son, who cannot walk. This glimpse into the series of Armored Hearts shows a world rife with conflict set between fae and the industrial age, and her tragic story could definitely be a novel on its own, but no, this is the end of her story and the beginning of another.
Her son. I was lost in all the thoughts of fae and the repercussions of Ansleigh's choices, I didn't see chapter one coming. Ten years later, we have her son, who now goes by Gareth, sitting in a wheelchair. This first chapter clips past, setting up what Gareth knows & doesn't know, but it snatches us toward the end and leaves us wanting to know more. With the set up in the short story, I'm curious to see what kind of novel this will be. To be honest, I'm more engaged by Ansleigh's story. I would like more information on Gareth's story before I can say yes or no to reading more about him.
(review of free book)