All her life, Sashi’s mother warned her not to get involved with werewolf problems. But Sashi, a witch who uses magic to heal sick and injured bodies, has never made a habit of ignoring trauma. When she meets an abused shapeshifter that no one else seems willing to help, Sashi will risk everything –including a budding romance with a human, Will – to save a woman who can’t save herself.
I really enjoyed reading this one. In urban fantasy, we rarely get to read about healers. Fighters, detectives and the like, no, almost always. Healers, almost never. I was actually drawn in to this really quickly and I didn’t really lose interest over the course of the story. It actually surprised me, because going into this I wasn’t certain I would like it at all. It stands on its own as a story really well.
The fight between Sashi and her mother over how she doesn’t want to do what her mother wants her to will resonate with a lot of people. As will her fight to be with the boy she wants to be with, despite her mother’s objections. In fact, this novella reads as a young adult novella, despite the fact that everyone is over the age of 20, since Sashi is 21 and Astrid is in her 30s.
While Sashi is fighting on the mental front with her mom, Astrid is fighting on the physical front with her alpha. Beaten and raped, she refuses to submit to being what he wants her to be. Becoming a werewolf has caused her nothing but pain, yet she still refuses to give up even though there is no real way for her to make it stop. Well, unless she somehow manages to kill her alpha, though that seems unlikely.
As an introduction to the world-building in the Old World, this novella seems to do a good job. I have yet to get to rereading the rest of Scarlett Bernard, but this seems to hit all the main points. It sets up the main creatures and introduces that the world isn’t cohesive and there is no real safety nets in place.
Again, I enjoyed this short story a lot. I really recommend reading it, even as a standalone. It highlights some struggles people have to go through in a good way.
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