NightDrakeNightDrake by Lara Adrian
My rating: 3 of 5 flames

This is a free short story at all major ebook retailers. I think that if you’re going to write a post-apocalyptic novella/short story, it works best in an already established world. It’s hard to experience the entirety of the world when you have 30 pages to world-build, create characters, and have them fall in love.

That’s not saying it can’t be done, it just is hard to do well.

Lara Adrian is a favorite of mine, but this story has a lot going on and I feel like it would have worked better as a PNR rather than a post- apocalyptic romance because it could have devoted more time to the characters. I didn’t feel confused at any point, but I did feel like the I Love Yous were out of left field, and that there’s so much happening but we only get to see snippets of it.

That being said, I’ll read more if this becomes a series. I’d love to see what happens after they go back to the Strange court. Especially since there’s so much we don’t know.

This short story has the makings of a great series, and a great world, but if Ms. Adrian continues on with it, I hope we get to see some world-building.

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