Series: #0.5 in The Remnant Chronicles
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Romance
Format: Purchased eBook
Before borders were drawn, before treaties were signed, before wars were waged anew, before the great kingdoms of the Remnant were even born and the world of old was only a hazy slate of memory told in story and legend, a girl and her family fought to survive.
And that girl’s name was Morrighan.
In this prequel novella to the Remnant Chronicles, a girl and a boy from enemy camps meet, fall in love–and set history in motion.
This novella was a tale about Morrighan, the one that came long before the tale of Lia, Rafe, and Kaden. It told the story of her growing up, falling in love, and knowing just where she stands in the world.
I thought that this novella was well put together and it enhanced the story. I do recommend that you read the novels before reading this because you pick up clues as to where they are, who some of the people are, and what happened to lead to where the characters from the trilogy are.
I loved the romance in this novella. It was beautiful and loving, but not without hurt or tragedy or struggle. I loved how both were young but understood what it meant to love and be loved and how they could love with all of their hearts and souls for the other.
I thought that the plot enhanced the story in that it told of not just their love, but also the struggles of Morrighan’s tribe and Jafir’s clan, of how one hunted and the other gathered, of how there almost was a war between the two without the battles of bloodshed. It was one in which I thought drove the characters in the directions that they needed to go; the plot lead itself. I could pick up on clues on what happened in the main trilogy from long ago, which was fun and exciting.
Morrighan reminded me of Lia in that she holds so much hidden potential and intelligence, trusting in herself and her gift to lead her to where she needs to be. She was strong when she needed to be and weak when she knew there was no other choice.
Jafir reminded me of Kaden not only for the place where he is from, but also because of the ruggedness of his life, his wild behavior. But he also had his own strengths and weaknesses, and I think many of both were ones that involved his emotions and his heart.
My only critiques of the novella were that there were several grammatical and spelling errors throughout, but not enough to really deter from the story, and that I wished that the last chapter had been expanded. Honestly, I just want more of Morrighan and Jafir and their lives together.
Overall, I loved this novella and think that if you’re a fan of the Remnant Chronicles that you should definitely give this a go. It was fantastic and I personally think that it added to the lore of the story.
I rate this novella 4/5 stars.