Mixed feelings about this prequel. Story opens with the betrayal of the main character, Citrine, who is attacked and driven out by the villagers that she has served when they are whipped into a murderous frenzy by her former lover who had discovered her paranormal pets. Great world building, but I am not sure I like the direction the story takes when Citrine promises the Lord of the Dark Forest that she will sow death and destruction in return for safe passage for herself and her monsters through his domain. This is especially worrying when she is emerges alone from the Dark Forest into a green and pleasant land and is immediately welcomed by a big friendly giant. Surely she will not bring death and destruction to his people. Will she? Guess the next book will develop the story. I will buy it, because I like the way the author writes and trust the the inherent goodness of Citrine will win through, but I dislike cliff-hangers on principle. I prefer to follow authors because I like their work rather than feel that I am being lured into a further purchase in order to find out what happens next. Hence the mixed feelings.
This short novel was so magical, I do believe that Angela Ford uses a magic wand to write her stories and not a pen! This is a story about fear of difference and the evil this could lead to. Citrine is an amazing character, so beautiful and at one with nature and so different to those around her that she is seen as a monster herself! During her escape from persecution all she could think about was whether her monsters were safe, these were her friends who she looked out for. I particularly loved the part where the monster from the lake rises to befriend Citrine and of course her encounter with Novor Tur-Woodberry is full of wonder too! I would have really loved to go on reading this wondrous tale but unfortunately it was just a short novel to whet our appetites and have us readers clamour out for more of the same magical writing which Angela J. Ford so excels in. Another big well done!
This prequel did its job because I am hooked! For such a short time frame we went through a lot with Citrine and what I experienced made me into one of her monsters because I don't want to leave her side. Citrine is a character we can root for and be proud of. The narrator did an amazing job putting us right beside her through it all. Impatiently waiting to start book 1!!!
Citrine was great and I love how magical the story was. It is like real life that people get treated differently for being who or what they are, so that touched me. I also see that you gave us only enough to keep the hunger at bay but we still need to eat!! Looking forward to more!!
5.0 out of 5 starsIntroducing Citrine – the owner of the monsters.
16 November 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Angela’s monsters, beasts and characters are always a standout. The story is short, but Citrine has an adventure that tells her story. She’s faced with betrayal and fear. The villagers fear her because of her different ways. If only they would only try to understand, they wouldn’t have to fear the unknown. But as it is, Citrine must flee for her life and this begins her new life. A great introduction to the new series, The Nameless One.