Sunday, November 17, 2013

Novella Review: Unveiled (Fireblood 0.5)

Release Date: February 18, 2012
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publisher: Independently Published
Length: 40 pages

Part of the Fireblood series coming 2013.

Amongst the wasteland lies the gleaming city of Karm. A Camelot-esque utopia built from the ashes of a dying world.

Seventeen-year-old Fallon is no daughter of Karm.

She's its assassin.

Raised by a secret society of rebels, she's bent on bringing down the king's sham of an existence. But her first mark, one of the king's top knights of the Force, makes her question everything. Even her heart.


Protagonist: It was hard for me to think that with such a short novella that there would be any character development, however given that the story encompasses a life-altering and game-changing moment in Fallon's life there was hardly anything but character development. The novella thrusts the reader straight into the story and after very briefly introducing the protagonist begins a story of lies and deceit. In one night Fallon learns she can trust no one after she is sent to eliminate someone who she doesn't think could be a threat and begins to question all she's known. Like I said I was surprised by the amount of development Fallon goes through and even though after reading the novella I got a good sense of who Fallon was and where her loyalties were I wanted to know more.

Romance: Romance was something else I never thought such short story could show and do well. While the romance wasn't perfect, due to the nearly instant connection between Fallon and Xander, I understood the urgency to rush the romance a bit. I'm most excited that while the romance felt rush the "L" word was never used. As to the connection between Fallon and Xander, I thought they had a great rapport, but without too much character development between the two it was hard to really get a sense as to how well these two go together, hopefully future installments in this series might shed some light on that.

World-Building: The world that this author has created is very unique. A medieval world trapped in the future under a dome. There wasn't too much world-building just enough to really lend the reader enough knowledge so that the story made sense. However, that small amount of world-building was more than enough to pique my interest into how this world came to be. I'm a huge fan of medieval worlds, but to see one in the feature accented by technology, yet still keeping that which made the world so beautiful then, the artistry and language, really made this story stand out.

Predictability: With this novella being so short it was hard to get a sense for what was going on making the bombshells that this story had to tell hard to predict. They seemed to come completely out of nowhere which at this present time I'm not too sure how I feel about. That being said there were some things that were far too easy to predict, though there were a few moments that had me second guessing, which I did really enjoy but inevitably the predictable still happened. This isn't a bad thing, after all while it would make for a possibly more interesting story, in the end it probably would have been sad and tragic.

Ending: This ending was especially odd because it just... well... ended. It was almost as if the story ends mid-sentence, there wasn't a definitive cliffhanger, which it felt like there should have been, yet it seemed to end before something big should have happened. I feel sorry for those who read this novella soon after it came out as a nearly two year wait to possibly get the answers you want could be hell.


While I really enjoyed this short but intense novella, I couldn't help but think that if it was double the size there could have been a bit better more understandable connection between our protagonist and her love interest. Also while the ending might not have been quite a cliffhanger I felt that it was a bit more grueling feeling like the novella was cut off a few paragraphs from the end rather than an intense and shocking cliffhanger.


1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this novella. I read it today! LOL! I am about 19% into Fireblood and then I remembered this existed. I'm actually happy I had read a bit of Fireblood first b/c I'm right at the point where inserting this would make sense. It actually cleared a few things up for me that I was annoyed about with the book!