Recently with e-books I have noticed an annoying trend with many so called a "short stories" - that being, that they are really more of a stray idea that could be a short story if it really really tried hard. Like the author had an idea for a short story, jotted it down, and some how managed to publish it as a short story. I am glad to report that this is NOT one of those short stories, and that this story actually reaffirmed my faith that some authors still respect their readers enough not to try and rip them off by passing off their random mussings as a true short story. Gee, remember when when "short stories" were really the length of what they now call novellas? Yeah, I'm digressing, so I'll get down off my soap box and start the reivew.
This story was so worth the $, and is a great pre-quel to the Otherkin Triology by Eve Silver. I actually read "Sins of the Heart" (bk 1) first, and still thought it was worth going back to read the pre-quel. The characters and plot development were well thought out, intriguing, and gave a great introduction to the "Otherkin world". I really enjoyed the characters and the story very much and didn't want to put it down. I won't expain the plot bc that is what the book blurb is for, but suffice to say, it is a story worth reading.
Before this series, I had not had the pleasure of reading Eve Silver's writing, but I have "favorited" her homepage and plan to keep up with this series and maybe a few of her others too. Thank you, Ms. Silver, for giving us an ENTIRE story to read. The fact that many authors no longer feel it is necessary to do that is truly sad. If anyone else has experienced this, remember you have 7 days to return an ebook for a full refund (and complain). Apparantly they get a lot of complaints about this issue, as they should, and hopefully refunded books with complaints will send a message to those writers.
However, THIS short story is a definate KEEPER and THIS author is definately one to read and continue to follow! Looking fwd to the otherkin series Sins of the Soul (book 2) release (Sept. 1, 2010) and Sins of the Flesh (book 3) to be released October 1st, 2010! Wow, I can't believe they aren't making us wait a year between books - amazing!