Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley
Synopsis: "A vain assassin takes an assignment with dire consequences. An aristocratic lady fleeing her past is besieged by pirates. And a manticore princess sets out on a life-changing adventure.
The Manticore’s Vow collects three stories set in the world of Magic of Blood and Sea, all exploring the origins of some of its most memorable characters: Naji, the scarred assassin, Marjani, the pirate queen, and Ongraygeeomryn, the man-eating manticore. Explore a world of dangerous magic and thrilling adventures with this trio of gorgeous, swashbuckling tales.
This collection includes:
The Manticore's Vow
The Automaton’s Treasure
The Witch’s Betrayal"
My Review: Last year I read the Assassin's Curse series but I didn't manage to read any of the novellas, which this book has now combined into one collection. Having already known the characters from the book it was a pleasure to go back and get to know some of their back story. The first story, Manticore's Vow follows Ongraygeeomryn, who I ended up loving in the series, as she decides to travel from her world to the human world and all that befalls her, landing her on an island far away from all she knows. The second story Automaton's Treasure was probably my favorite of this book. We find out a bit of Marjani's backstory, but Safin, a steamworks little crocodile thing, really takes the spotlight! I loved their hunt and discovery of the Great Treasure! The final story Witch's Betrayal follows Naji before he meets Ananna and in his early years in the Order. In this story we discovered the origins of his scars and some of his anger and distrust, it really gives us a lot of insight into his character and where his values came from. All in all I like that we get all these novellas combined into one book and they really do add to the main books in the series!
My Rating: I really enjoyed getting the backstory on some of my favorite main characters of the Assassin's Curse series, I do think that these should be read after the series as some of it may spoil some of the mysteries. I give this one a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. The above is my honest review and opinion.
The Manticore's Vow was just released on June 6th, so you can now obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or ask for it at your library!