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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2012
A pre-quel to Fire and Thorns and another excellent addition to the series. I am looking forward to The Crown of Embers.. I am enjoying Ms. Carson way of writing.. She moves the story along at a brisk pace and I have yet to become bored. I am including Fire and Thorns in that statement as Cats is a short story.. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
I loved reading from Alodia's point of view. I would be really interested in seeing what she's going through during what is entirely Elisa's story in the other two books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
I started reading books by this author by chance. i am so glad i did!! This series is outstanding and I have loved every minute of reading! I highly recommend this book and even more so the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love this little jaunt into Alodia's personality, how she sees Elisa, and how the story connects to The Girl of Fire and Thorns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
Really lovely short novel giving insight into other characters from the girl of fire and thorns. We see a sort of prelude to all of the exciting events that occur later. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Rae Carson's other novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
Just love this prequel to girl of fire and thorns. Already you can Elisa`s spirit and character forming into wise leadership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
A short story set before the main action of "Girl of Fire and Thorns" focusing on the elder sister of the Chosen One. Excellent insight into both girls' psyches before the Chosen One comes into her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
I never really cared for Alodia in Girl of Fire and Thorns but I can say, after reading The Shadow Cats, I still don't care for her too much but I do respect her. One day she will be a strong leader and she is incredibly brave.

Her relationship with her steward, Zito, is amazing. The truly do care for one another on more than him just being her steward, there is definitely more there. I'm not saying a romantic relationship (though I would so love that) but I'm just saying, there's a true, strong bond between the two of them that is charming.

It's a fun novella getting a look at the sister who was overshadowed by her younger sister. You can see there's jealousy but it's not as bad as one would've thought. (Or at least, I didn't think so) It certainly has me staring at my calendar for September 18th to roll around so I can get my hands on Crown of Embers.

If you liked Girl of Fire and Thorns, you should read this. When you like a series, I think you, as a fan, want to read anything and everything that's out there relating to the series. So, don't miss out on this. Especially if you were like me and just kind of wrote Alodia off. Give her a second chance, I'm sure you'll be as surprised as I am.
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on February 15, 2015
As a fan of Carson's "Girl of Fire and Thorns" trilogy of novels, I finally decided to splurge on the three novellas (each $2.99).

"The Shadow Cats" is told from the point of view of Alodia, the sister of the Elisa (the protagonist of the related novels). The novels never really delved into the sisters' relationship and the reader only saw it from Elisa's perspective. Fans of the novels then will be intrigued to get a glimpse of how Alodia views her sister. (If you haven't read the novels but read this novella first, you will go into the series with the benefit of that deeper understanding, which can only be a plus!)

The plot is rather action-packed for a short story, and gives you a nice sampling of the fictional world that is fleshed out further in the novels. A diplomatic mission gives you a taste of the social order and international relations, a mysterious horror hints at the deeper religious and cultural background of the characters, and a short but brutal adventure highlights the danger and conflict present throughout the series. Some of the "action" is in fact very violent, which might shock some readers.

As for the characters, readers unfamiliar with Elisa and Alodia will not be missing out--the story really only hints at what kind of person Elisa is, leaving the rest for the novels. I enjoyed learning more about Alodia and her friends/supporters, in particular her steward. The relationships between the characters are well-developed even in such a short piece. Carson delivers (as usual) multiple strong women who are not your standard weak, submissive fantasy heroines or damsels-in-distress. In fact, the story seems to be a subversion of many fantasy tropes: a woman does not apologize for putting a man in his place, a woman who could wait for a man to rescue her does not do so, and several women lead calls to action when others stand around doing nothing.

All in all, a good read, though the story itself is maybe 50 pages, with the rest of the e-"book" being taken up by samples from the novels. Recommended if you are curious about the series or if you are a fan and just want to dive into this wonderful world again.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2012
I loved Girl of Fire and Thorns and this is a great Prequel. It adds some nice back story and further explains the relationship and tension between the two sisters Elisa and Alodia. You even get a glimpse at why Alodia starts to value her sister. There are some hints at Alodia's past and the promise of more of the two sisters working together. This was a nice little nugget with adventure and action packed in. I can't wait for the next installment!

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