Firstly I have to admit to knowing the author, that said I'd like to think this is a fair and unbiassed review.
It took me a while to get around to reading the 'Tales from Alrais', I travel a lot and usually rely on my Kindle for literature (hint). The fact that it's published in a handy almost pocket size format was a big factor in me actually opening it up, as it turns out once I started I didn't put the thing down.
Finding large heavy books daunting as a child, reading anything 'elven' was something I steered clear of, The Hobbit the obvious exception as I remember this too was a slimmish read.
The stories are of a length that compliment the writing style and as such motivates you to keep the pages turning. For me, it meant that when I had reason to pause from reading more often than not I could do it at the end of a saga rather than pause in the middle of something and loose my thread. Quite often it has to be said that the end came too soon, as with a great novel often the last chapter is a reluctant read because you are all too aware that the book is coming to an end, so it is with this, 'death by a thousand cuts' as each of the 12 tales comes to an end.
A thoroughly enjoyable read, would be happy to recommend it to anyone looking for something easy and fun. Although I haven't had chance yet, I suspect it's also a book that can be reread offering further insight into the characters and the realm of Alrais.
Looking forward to hearing more of the three brothers...