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Short but well crafted
on 27 November 2013
I have previously read both of the St Marys books and enjoyed the premise so much that I couldn't resist having a read through this short story. Jodi Taylor's love of history has come through all of her novels and while the character development in the other books is much stronger, that is clearly down to the length of the work. I think you would need to have read the other St Mary's books in order to understand the background but it is well worth picking up after that while you're waiting for the next book.
Max has a clear voice in this story and stays true to character. The story takes off quickly and that pace continues throughout. I like the references back to the other stories particularly because it led to this feeling like a full story in its own right and not just filler. Don't get me wrong, it is short and I got to the end and wished for more but I didn't feel cheated either. I think Jodi has struck a delicate balance between clearly identifying it as a short story but not making so short that the reader is left unimpressed. The writing quality comes through and I will definitely be waiting for more!