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5.0 out of 5 stars Danger! Here be spoilers!, 15 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Tornado of Sparks (Bitterwood Trilogy Book 0) (Kindle Edition)
If you haven't read at least some of the Bitterwood Trilogy (and if you haven't, you should ... James Maxey's dragons are Different) then at best you'll be wondering what this short story is about, and at worst it'll provide some major spoilers for the 'main' trilogy.

Without giving too much away, the rather confusingly entitled 'Tornado Of Sparks' fills in a bit of the back story behind Vendevorex and Jandra, two of the Bitterwood trilogy's main protagonists, which had only previously been hinted at.

It's a prequel of sorts, set 15 years or so before the events described in 'Bitterwood' and is a short, yet very satisfying, read - I finished it in around 45 minutes. If anything does let it down, then it's that it really isn't a standalone story - without knowing some of the background of the Bitterwood 'universe' it's probably not going to make a lot of sense.

As it stands, there's a tantalising glimpse into the back-story of some of the trilogy's major characters - it'd be nice if the material herein could be expanded to fill the gap between 'Dawn of the Dragons' (a 'true' prequel, set around 1000 years before 'Bitterwood') and 'Bitterwood', the first of the trilogy, as well as covering the background of some of the other major characters (eg. Kanati/Burke and Blasphet are two characters just ripe for similar treatment)

So, 5 stars if you've already read at least one of the Bitterwood books, probably 1 star otherwise as it probably won't make a lot of sense.
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