A fantastic short story from Naji's POV that shows his relationship to Leila, the river witch, and the events leading to the scarring of his face. One of the things I love about Naji is his internal conflicts. Here it's even more evident that Naji is slightly bothered by the fear people feel and show when they see him. And this is before his face is burned, so just imagine the issues he has with it in The Assassin's Curse, where people fear him not just for his profession but for his appearance. Oh, Naji! I just want to tackle you into a hug and never let you go!
We also get a bit of world-building in here. I loved that we get a description of what Naji feels while he's traveling through the shadows. It was such a nice detail to add. And we get more information about the kind of magic assassins use and how they use it. Overall, a great addition to The Assassin's Curse world!