Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring What Is Needed: Prequel 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga by P.H. Solomon.
About the Book: Hastra begins having visions of the destruction the mystic Withling order of which she is a member. Without any guidance, she investigates who the source of the danger may be. But how much time does she have and who should she trust with her visions? This is the second prequel short story to the forthcoming novel, The Bow of Destiny by P. H. Solomon.
My Review: As is the case with other short stories I’ve reviewed, I won’t go too much into the story as I don’t want to give away spoilers.
First off, I have to say I was happy to see Corgen back in this story. Having he and his brother involved ties the two prequels together in setting up the forthcoming novel. While he didn’t have a big role per se, he did play an important part in the story.
The rest of the characters were interesting, but I wasn’t a fan of Hastra. Granted, she did what she felt was right, but I just didn’t like her attitude toward her visions. That could just be my expectation as I’m used to seeing characters look for help when they need it, so take this critique with a grain of salt.
The story itself was engaging except for Hastra being the main character. I just didn’t like her enough to root for her. At times she and the story felt rushed as it covered several months in a couple of paragraphs, I can see why the author did that. There is only so much story for a short like this that you want to give away. I did like the underlying theme of the Withlings and thought it was done in a way that didn’t slow the story at all.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us in his novel.