My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A novella that begins at the end of the main character’s life is one that you know is going to take you for a bit of a spin. Jade Star succeeds in that regard with flying colors. Not being a long tale, it had somewhat of a twitchy start… meaning lots of things happened in a hurry. However, once you see where things are headed, you quickly become focused on the emotions of the main character.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this story was that I felt as if I ALREADY KNEW who Jade Star was. Don’t ask me how, but I did. Because this is a novella length story (and on the short side of that range), there isn’t a lot of time for character development and plot. I personally think it could be expanded somewhat to help with that, and to loosen some of the suddenness in the story shifts. Even so, it still works. You just have to be willing to accept the deep emotions of the main character and the few others in the story at face value to get the ‘pulled-in’ effects that I did. I found it easy to do myself, having read so much other fiction that I unconsciously filled in the unstated character motivations.
I enjoyed this read, and it left me wanting more of Jade Star and her universe. I guess I’ll need to read Tanager’s Fledglings when it comes out! I give this one 3.5 stars and call it a Grabbing Read.