I have to say up front, I know this author. I would rate this short prequel more as a 3.5. As I always TRY do with my ratings, I rounded up since a 3.5 isn't a choice on Goodreads. Occasionally, I do round down but not very often.
The story begins slowly but soon picks up. Ms Gregoire's writing flows smoothly and her descriptions are well written. The only problem I really had was, it was too short. I was just getting into the story and "the end". This bodes extremely well for the first full length novel in the series.
Can't wait for it. Write faster please!!