A short but satisfying read. This is really the intro/prequel/set up for Ms Bond's new SOuthern ROads seires...as such, it is very short. Despite it's length, it does mananage to tell a whole story, albeit a significantly compact one. Additonally it is lacking in almost everything else. As long as you keep in mind this is a short story, you should be able to enjoy it, before jumping into her new series. On a side note, This is the first hing I've everread by Stephanie Bond, and even with the curtailed story I'm looking forward to more from her --I might even look up her back list!