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This is a fantasy novella, about witches, vampires, and werewolves. The first chapter concerns some witches who are having some sort of a festival and a feast. The second chapter is about some people who are attacked and turned into vampires, and the third chapter is about a down-on-his-luck werewolf who accidentally kills his wife.
In the fourth chapter, the werewolf discovers the witches, who have just killed a vampire, and tries to blackmail them in return for not telling anyone they have killed a vampire.
Anyway, the main characters all end up arrested or kidnapped in some way or another, and with a bit of adventure along the way, all end up as the newest contestants for ‘The Orcus Games’.
This is where this novella ends.
I have to say that I did get a little confused at the beginning of this one. We are very quickly introduced to three different stories, which then come together later on.
Initially being thrown into three stories was a bit of a shock though, and I was then sat there puzzling what the hell each story had in common with the others!
I persevered with this though, and eventually the characters met and interacted. This being a prequel novella though, the story ends where I believed ‘The Orcus Games’ were about to start. What exactly ‘The Orcus Games’ are though I don’t know! I thought that this prequel would be an introduction to the series, but I don’t think it gave you enough of an idea as to what the next book would be about, to really let you know if you would like it or not.
This novella was okay, but I didn’t find that it grabbed me. I kept reading to find out what would happen, but I wasn’t desperate to find out what happened next.
I might be tempted to read the next books in this series if I find them for free, but I can’t say I’m bothered enough to buy them. Maybe if I knew more about what ‘The Orcus Games’ were going to actually be about I would be more interested.
Overall; an okay novella, a bit confusing initially, but does build up to the next book I suppose.
5 out of 10.
(review of free book)