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"Once upon a time, there lived three witches…"As a child, Amarrah loved her grandmother’s stories of three witches who were members of the king’s harem—but they were more than just stories. Amarrah knew she had been there with them…and now their legacy, along with an ancient box that once belonged to them, lies in her hands.Charged with keeping the box safe, Amarrah is hea"Once upon a time, there lived three witches…"As a child, Amarrah loved her grandmother’s stories of three witches who were members of the king’s harem—but they were more than just stories. Amarrah knew she had been there with them…and now their legacy, along with an ancient box that once belonged to them, lies in her hands.Charged with keeping the box safe, Amarrah is heartbroken when it is stolen from her while she moves to America. Years later, she is shocked to see it on TV and is determined to get it back. Tracking the artifact leads her to Sergeant Harrison Brockson, a handsome soldier who stirs memories of a man she knew centuries ago in ancient Babylon. Is Harrison the key to finding the box—or could he be her destiny?Prequel novella to Maggie Shayne’s exciting trilogy, "The Portal"...

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ISBN : 9781426875571
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Number of Pages : 53 Pages
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Legacy of the Witch Reviews

  • Michelle Leah Olson
    2018-12-10 03:42

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:Even though this is only a novella, in true Maggie Shayne fashion she hooks the reader from the first page and doesn't let go!Action, adventure, romance, and the most beautiful segue into the 1st full length novel of THE PORTAL series, Mark of the Witch!I thoroughly enjoyed Legacy of the Witch and am confident that everyone else will as well. LITERAL ADDICTION gives Legacy of the Witch a well deserved 5 Skulls and would highly recommend those who are excited for THE PORTAL series to accept the gift that Maggie is giving to you all and read it. :) It's simply beautiful...

  • Charity Costa
    2018-11-24 03:46

    I wish I would have read this before I received an ARC of the 1st book in The Portal Series, Mark of the Witch. Only because reading this first would have helped me while reading it, this sets that book up PERFECTLY!!! I read a few reviews already for Legacy of the witch and one said that this enovella had to many holes, well Mark of the Witch fills in every single one of them. So if you felt that way as well at the end of this novella go preorder Mark of the Witch now and I promise you won't feel that way aftr you get your hands on it.It's hard to review this alone and not intertwine it with book 1 but I'm going to try. In Legacy of the witch you will see how Maggie sets up the story that will be the main plot for the whole series. We also get to see how Maggie is presenting us with the writing style she is going to use throughout the whole series, which is fabulous. One thing I must point out is that she blends the character and their previous lives perfectly, as the main characters get visions or memories revealed to them it helps the main character put the story together as you are reading it. So you get to discover it WITH the character. I have been waiting for this series for a very long time and I am extremely happy with it, Legacy will leave you lustful and hungry for Mark of the Witch and Mark of the Witch left me begging Maggie and asking her who I had to sell my kidney to in order to get book 2 now. I recommend The Portal Series for any reader looking for something I haven't seen in a witch paranormal based book before. It's been said a million times before and I can imagine a million times more after the rest of these books are released, Maggie knows how to cast a spell on her readers that has you missing the feel of her books in your hand. I give this enovella 5 out of 5 stars, and now I'm going to retread Mark of the Witch again.Charity Costa ~Bewitching BellaEmissary of Literal Addiction & proud member of Maggie Shayne's Official Street Team & most importantly a die hard fan of all things Maggie Shayne

  • Ren
    2018-12-12 08:46

    Legacy of The Witch is a prequel for The Portal series. I know about the new series by Maggie Shayne, since she make a gorgeous website for The Portal. Even make a song for this series. Such a dedication!As for this novella, I enjoy the story. Its fresh! Love the Babylonian myth and I always love anything that connect to Middle East culture. Amarrah is a slave girl to slaves girls. Nah, this already make me "huh, what the meaning of this?". To know about it, of course you must read this first, lol! Her grandmother just passed away and inherit a mysterius box to her. Alas she lost it. 10 years later after she move to America, she finally see the box, just to realize that the box now is hold by Sgt Harrison Brockson. Amarrah encounter him to get the box, but then she recognize him as her lover in the past. While destiny once again unite them, a dark force is try to prevent Amarrah to get her precious box.There are some things are bugged me. Such like :- The 1st POV. I'm not fans of this POV. Especially on PNR genre. - The destiny and reincarnation things. While I'm okay with the reincarnation, my feeling is a little bit mixed about the destiny part. Don't get me wrong. I love destiny trope, but I can't feel the connection between the heroine , Amarrah and the hero , Harrison Brockson. Yes, they're both had reincarnated, but is the chemistry from the reincarnation? How if Harrom, Amarrah's Babylonian lover born into another man? I just can't feel the connection between this two.- When Amarrah remember her memory in Babylonia era, there's 2 things that really bugged me. First, the word "sarong". Is that word exist like 5000-10000 BC? Sarong is a term for clothes from Indonesia (yes, my country!) and Malaysia. Even though people in Arabic peninsula use it, I doubt the word "sarong" already invented thousands year ago. Then when Amarrah called Indira with "Indy". Is the nickname too modern?Anyway, with the pro and con, I still enjoy Legacy of The Witch. And I can't wait to read the first book of The Portal series, Mark of The Witch. Hope the book is better than this :)

  • C.L.
    2018-12-13 09:22

    Gah!!!!!!! I love novellas, especially when they are attached to a beautiful series that I want to just snuggle up with or roll around in (like children with glitter or dogs with mud.. etc.. haha!). This was an amazing start to the Portal Series!! The connection of Amarrah and Harrison is brilliant and the visions/memories of the past are so breathtakingly described and vivid, I just wish I could have been there! (Does this series need to be turned into a movie? I am thinking Oh My Goodness YES!). Loved the adventure and danger throughout the novella. Also really loved the urgency and dedication Amarrah has for her task and that she refuses to let her Grandmother down. Books like this remind me that somewhere, there are people with a higher purpose that live their whole lives to do for others, follow traditions, and make a difference in the world and the lives of those around them. What a beautiful reminder! Thank you, Maggie for this fantastic peek into the Portal Series! I can't wait for the rest of the series and to find out what happens with the three witches who are sentenced to die for their beliefs...

  • Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
    2018-11-16 07:41

    This is a short story which gives you some background into the Legacy of the Witch(es), about who they were and what sort of people they were. Amarrah was a slave girl to the slave girls who fell in love with a soldier boy. I personally would have liked to know more about them and what happened after but hopefully that will show up in the books that follow this one.This book provides a well-paced, intriguing and mystical taster into what sounds like a wonderful series to read. This is a book of romance so it is completely safe for both young and old and all those in-between who don't want everything written out for them.

  • Jean
    2018-11-20 07:25

    This was a short novella, a prequel to a new series Shayne is releasing starting in October. It was actually a pretty good story, and the writing was fairly good. The story was very rushed, however. I understand that novellas are supposed to be short, but to me this felt like the story was one that Shayne would have liked to have written as a full length novel, but instead crammed it into a novella. I wished that the characters could have been just a little more fleshed out. Overall, not a bad read, but I'm glad I got it free on my Kindle, and didn't pay for it.

  • Katie
    2018-11-19 06:39

    WOW!!! I absolutely fell in love with this book! Maggie Shayne has always been a favorite of mine and she has outdone herself with this book! I am so excited to read the rest of the series! I have never found a book I enjoyed more than this even though it was a short one. I finished it in one sitting and when I was done I had an overwhelming sense of happiness. It may sound strange but I felt at peace after reading it! Maggie thank you so very much for an amazing start to your new series!

  • Patti
    2018-12-07 05:49

    Legacy of the Witch is the first novella I've read. I loved it. There are times when I'd like a story to move fast and get to the end quickly without leaving anything important out. Maggie Shayne delivers. The characters are believable and easy to relate to. Can't wait to read the rest of the series, Enter the Portal. Well done, Maggie.

  • Angela
    2018-11-30 06:47

    13 August 2015: $1.99 on Kindle

  • Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
    2018-12-01 04:28

    Great introduction to a new series.I'd like more romance and moments between the characters but the backstory really intrigued me!

  • AH
    2018-11-27 04:42

    Kindle free download 9/1/12.

  • xrysa
    2018-11-29 07:27

    Well that was a nice story and I'm really looking forward to read the first book!

  • Jennifer Prescott
    2018-12-15 03:37

    Interesting story, short, but nicely sets the stage for what has a strong possibility of being a terrific series.

  • Fefi
    2018-11-18 09:24

    Breve prequel della trilogia,ma l'ho trovato molto curioso e scritto bene.In poche pagine si sa già quello che conterrà l'intera trilogia,ma non per questo si è meno propensi a volerla scoprire.

  • Megan
    2018-11-22 10:51

    When Amarrah was a child her parents disappeared in Iraq. After their disappearance she went to live with her grandmother. Ever since she arrived at her grandmother's her grandma would tell her stories about three witches Lilia, Magdalena, and Indira. One of the times, when her grandmother was telling one of the stories, she shocked her grandma by telling he "I know this story." In which she preceded to tell her, her part of the story that she was a place slave to the slave girls in the harem. Throughout the years when her grandma would tell the story, they would tell the story together, her grandma telling one part and Amarrah filling in another part. When she was thirteen, her grandma was on her deathbed, telling the story of the three witches and after she finished it she told Amarrah that these stories are not just stories, but of three actual people in the past. Then she gives Amaarrah a treasure box, that belonged to the witches that was given to their descendants to protect it, and to pass down the stories and the treasure box until the witches come back and claim it. After her grandma died, she was sent to live with distant cousins, and at the airport a customs agent took it from her. After chanting a spell for the box to return to her someway, and after giving it to him, she never saw it again... Ten years later when Amarrah was on her way to the library, she happened to see her box on a TV Appraisal show. After seeing it she had a strong inkling that she needs to go get it back. Even hearing her grandmother's voice telling her not to forget her promise to protect it. She then sets off on a trip to recover it and after gaining information of the owner, she went to his house to see if she can somehow search the house of Harrison Brockson. When Amarrah knocks on his door and he answers it, Amarrah feels he is familiar to her. And after she remembers her dreams, or what she believes are hallucinations, she comes to realize that she knew him long ago... I thought this book was a really great introduction to the upcoming Portal Series. Which I am now really looking forward to after reading this book. I really liked reading how Amarrah sets off on a journey to self discovery. I really liked how you learn that Amarrah was there and that she knew the three witches. I really enjoyed that when she meets Harrison Brockson you learn that they knew each other during the period of the three witches, and during the story you read about their past memories. It was fun when the Amarrah had told Harrison how their relationship turned out in the past. All in all is was a great book to read. I really can't wait until the upcoming Portal series. I really hope that during the upcoming books that they mention Amarrah and Harrison so I know how things turned out for them. And I hope that I enjoy the new series as much as I did this one.

  • Sandy S
    2018-11-17 07:41

    LEGACY OF THE WITCH (The Portal Series0.5) by Maggie ShayneLEGACY OF THE WITCH is the prequel novella to the new PORTAL series by Maggie Shayne. Released September 1, 2012 Legacy of the Witch introduces the backstory to 3 witch sisters born in the middle east over 3,000 years earlier and their re-birth into a modern time.In the 1970-80s Amarrah was a young 13 year old girl from Iraq who was fascinated by the stories told by her aging grandmother. Since the time she was 5, Amarrah has listened to the tales about three beautiful sisters- Indira, Lilia and Magdalena-and their love for a young slave girl with the same name as Amarrah. And these stories were all too familiar, as though she had lived the life alongside the young girl. On her death bed, Amarrah's grandmother would admit that the tales were not false, but the memories from a long line of women who have protected a sacred object that at some time in the future would be returned to its' rightful owner and Amarrah would vow to keep the object safe. But it was during the first Gulf War that Amarrah was sent to live with relatives in America and the object was confiscated by airport security. It would be 10 years before Amarrah would ever see the object again.Throughout the years, Amarrah would continue to dream about a slave girl who had fallen in love with a young Iraqi soldier named Harmon, but the dreams seemed all too familiar. The dreams became more life-like when one of the three witch sisters was rumored to be involved with a man outside of her relationship, and the sisters were suspected of being witches, and the young slave girl would be told a story of a sacred object that would one day hold the key to the witches return.Today's Amarrah would find the object on a television broadcast of antiquities and oddities. Tracking down the owner would bring Amarrah face to face with a former US soldier who had been stationed in Iraq during the war. But there is a familiarity between Harrison and Amarrah that cannot be denied, and it is with the familiarity that the past will meet the future, and the lives of the three witches will be put into the hands of another for safekeeping.LEGACY OF THE WITCH is a short story that introduces the premise behind Maggie Shayne's new PORTAL series. The story is told through a series of dream sequences, visions and first hand experience from 3000 years ago to the late 1990’s. An interesting storyline that could only come from the mind of Maggie Shayne.see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe.com

  • Aisha Oaktree
    2018-12-05 05:23

    This one is a preview for the new series by Maggie Shayne, called the Portals. The first book in the series is called Mark of the Witch, which I got signed at BEA from Maggie. So when I saw that this was being given as a freebie from Amazon I was all over it. i always read Maggie's books, I don't know what they are about until I'm well into the books but if I see she;s in a book I will snap it up. She has a way of weaving a story that is magical and enchanting and just draws you in. This book, short as it was, did the same thing. There are witches, reincarnated souls, lost loves, bad guys, heroes in uniform *drools* rich history, magic and of course a treasure. Where do I sign up??? It's a short and fun fast read, that will suck you into the world Maggie has built and makes you drool just thinking about the rest of the story. It's a background laying book for the series,as well as a love story, it's short and it's so fun, and you actually felt the love. I enjoyed the history which added a rich layer to it, i loved that the main characters were reincarnated,and that the woman knew even though she wrote it off as a fantasy. Even though this was laying down the ground work for the series, by letting us know what happened to the women, we also got to see Amarrah's love story. The hero, Harrison is of course also reincarnated and wasn't that far off from his original incarnation, as a young man that Amarrah knew. The little adventure didn't feel forced and even though it was only like 53 pages, she still managed to pack quite a punch in this one. I can't wait (in fact I'm skipping all the other books I have to read so I can read the next on that I have on the shelf)to read the rest of the series. Maggie has always created characters that were memorable even after you have moved on to other books. I can't wait to learn more about these women and the men who love them. It's sure to be a witching good time.

  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2018-11-28 04:27

    This review was posted at Under the CoversNot knowing what to expect of this series, this prequel was the perfect teaser. A touch of the Middle East, legends, witches and a magical box. This series is shaping up to be a very interesting read.Amarrah's grandmother used to tell her stories from long ago about three witches in the king's harem, and how they could never find love. Except Amarrah knew these stories, because she had been there and lived through them. On her deathbed, her grandmother puts her in charge of guarding a box from those times, a box without a lock that cannot be open. But Amarrah quickly loses it. Now years later, while Amarrah has made a life for herself in American and forgotten a lot about those stories, the box reappears and turns her world upside down. And it brings her to Sergeant Harrison Brockson.Amarrah is a character I can grow to like. She didn't do much for me other than the fact that I could see her determination to get the box back and not fail her grandmother, at any cost. Harrison is hot, in a alpha, men in uniform, kinda way. I loved the flashbacks that Amarrah has. They serve the purpose of giving the reader a good glimpse into the witches and what the series is about, but they also serve the purpose of showing you the connection between Amarrah and Harrison. A connection that has lasted through times and even though they are different people today.Then there's the box. The box has me very intrigued. What power does it have? What is Amarrah's mission with the box? And obviously it has power because other people want it as well.I can't wait to dive in and start reading the first book in this series. I am very curious if it will be Amarrah's journey or if the books will focus on bringing happiness to the witches that were denied then.

  • MelodyMay (What I'm Reading)
    2018-11-14 03:43

    Also on http://sillymelody.blogspot.comLegacy of the Witch is today's selection. First off it's a novella that introduces a new series that has to do with witches. Perfect for this time of the season, since Halloween is just around the corner. So here's what the novella is about:We meet up with a 13 year old Amarrah who's grandmother is about to pass on to the next chapter of her life. A flower way of saying she's dying. All her life she has been told of stories of about these witches, but they are not just stories. Amarrah and these witches lives have been entwine with each other over many lifetimes.Now Amarrah will become the keeper of the box. However, when she is about to leave Iraq for the states she ends up losing the box. Heartbroken that she has let her grandmother down. Life moves on and she sees the box again. Life has given her a chance to reclaim the box.In order to reclaim the box she meets Harrison Brockson who had manage to get the box. Now Harrison and Amarrah need to get the box from his ex-fiancee. Will they succeed? Will the future of the three witches come to a happy ending? Well, I guess you will be coming along with me on this journey, because I don't know the answer. I just know how it all started.I'm excited to see if they all can have a happy ending. The first book in the Portal Series will come out in October. After reading this novella I'm sure that we will find an action pack adventure awaiting us. I hope you will come along with me on this journey. So, far I like the start and eager awaiting the next installment.

  • Beth
    2018-12-12 04:28

    Book Blurb - "Once upon a time, there lived three witches…."As a child, Amarrah loved her grandmother's stories of three witches who were members of the king's harem. But they were more than just stories. Amarrah knows she was there with them…and now their legacy, along with an ancient box that once belonged to them, lies in her hands.Charged with keeping the box safe, Amarrah is heartbroken when it is stolen from her while she moves to America. Years later, she is shocked to see it on TV and is determined to get it back. Tracking the artifact leads her to Sergeant Harrison Brockson, a handsome soldier who stirs memories of a man she knew centuries ago in ancient Babylon. Is Harrison the key to finding the box—or could he be her destiny?Prequel novella to Maggie Shayne's exciting trilogy, The Portal.Enjoyable and quick story about a reoccurring love. Really great for a novella length plot. I loved that it brought in the war hero meets the American Iraq woman. Definitely want to read more in the Portal series. I received Legacy of the Witch free on Amazon 9/23/12.

  • Jess(ToTheMoonAndBackReviews)
    2018-11-29 05:38

    So I was not sure what to expect when picking this book up, it actually took me a second to realize it was a prequel to a book I was already reading, so of course I stopped reading that and focused on this book alone.I have been a fan of Maggie Shayne for a while now. This book wasn't a let down when it came to expectations. Reincarnation can be a tricky subject to brooch because you don't know which life to give the most attention to and often I have found the books containing such subjects lacking, this was not the case in Legacy of a Witch.I loved that the love the two main character's felt would travel with them through their life time's and destiny draws them together.It is interesting to see how things start out and it is a book well worth the read.Favorite Quotes:"It was my first kiss. And I heard a whisper inside my mind, a vow. I will never forget this moment, this feeling, not even if I live a thousand thousand lifetimes."

  • Sabrina (Soter) Sally
    2018-11-22 06:42

    Questo breve prequel della serie The Portal di Maggie Shayne ci introduce in un'antica favola. Amarrah è cresciuta con la nonna che le raccontava sempre la fiaba di tre streghe schiave di un harem...ma è davvero una fiaba? o forse tutte le visioni, tanto simili a ricordi, della giovane Amarrah non sono altro che avvenimenti accaduti in un altra vita? Alla morte della nonna alla ragazza viene affidato un magico e misterioso scrigno che però ben presto viene perduto. Dopo ben dieci anni Amarrah è sorpresa di vederlo riapparire in una trasmissione tv, e il nuovo proprietario, l'affascinante soldato Harrison, sembra stranamente familiare... Nonostante la brevità del racconto l'autrice è riuscita a dosare bene i flashback del passato con la ricerca dello scrigno ai giorni nostri, infilandoci anche una romantica storia d'amore e reincarnazione. Molte cose restano ancora da chiarire, in attesa dell'arrivo delle streghe ;)

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2018-11-28 02:29

    3 STARS"Once upon a time, there lived three witches…"As a child, Amarrah loved her grandmother’s stories of three witches who were members of the king’s harem—but they were more than just stories. Amarrah knew she had been there with them…and now their legacy, along with an ancient box that once belonged to them, lies in her hands.Charged with keeping the box safe, Amarrah is heartbroken when it is stolen from her while she moves to America. Years later, she is shocked to see it on TV and is determined to get it back. Tracking the artifact leads her to Sergeant Harrison Brockson, a handsome soldier who stirs memories of a man she knew centuries ago in ancient Babylon. Is Harrison the key to finding the box—or could he be her destiny?Prequel novella to Maggie Shayne’s exciting trilogy, "The Portal" (From Amazon)A fair prequel to a paranormal romance. Not sure it has peaked my interest but may try the series as a later date.

  • Olimpia
    2018-12-03 07:43

    This was an awesome prequel to the Portal Series. Had everything needed in a teaser and it was hard to put down.I loved the characters of Amarrah and Harrison. The connection and bond that’s lived over so many of their lives was amazing. It was great reading about Amarrah’s visions from her past life, which made it easier to understand how they met each other and fell in love. And how “the treasure box” came into the story, the history of it, and its significance.Maggie did an excellent job in bringing in the opening to the Portal series and the 3 major witches, Indira, Magdalena and Lilia, and their history. Really set up the story and made it so interesting, you wanted it to keep going right into the first novel.I am not new to Maggie Shayne and her work, and was so excited that this was coming out. She did not disappoint at all and I look forward to reading the next one, Mark of the Witch.

  • Alicia
    2018-11-29 05:31

    I have already read the first book in this series Mark of the Witch, which was amazing! However I wish I had read this one first. Legacy of the Witch was a delightful book. It helped to shed light on the three witches through Amarrah's flashbacks. We got to see what the harem witches were like as people. I liked that this story showed us how the box finally made its way to Indira after 3000 years. Amarrah was lots of fun. I enjoyed seeing her inner turmoil over losing the box. Harrison is extremely sexy in a whole I'm here to save the day and not ask questions sort of way. He is a true solider. If you are looking for a quick free romance with some mystery this one is for you. Just remember that once you read this you will be begging to get your hands on the next installment in The Portal Series!

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2018-12-11 10:38

    So this is where it all began! This short story is pretty good for setting up the world building for The Portal Series. Amarrah is an Iraqi immigrant, living in the States. She's also one of the slave girls who helped the three witches back in ancient Babylonian times. This is her story of how she's reunited with her ancient lover. This story moved in a fast pace and was sweet. We learn just enough about this new Witch world by Ms. Shayne. Since I read the first book before this prequel, this book made more sense to me. It's good to see that Father Dominic is consistent - the rat bastard. Recommended for readers who enjoy magic and romance. This is a good teaser for the first in the series.

  • Katherine Maxwell
    2018-11-17 10:49

    Well, there isn't much that I can say directly about the story that hasn't already been said by these other lovely people, but wow! I read the entire story while sitting on the grass in the middle of a renaissance faire, while my daughter napped. I couldn't have cared less that people looked at me weird (Kindle+renn faire= not something you see every day) I was hooked, and thank goodness my daughter stayed asleep for the duration! I was bummed when it was over, because I wanted more! I am a huge Maggie Shayne fan, and once again, I'm not let down at all.I can't wait for Mark of the Witch to come out!

  • Kelly
    2018-12-10 10:47

    The use of flashback/memory to tell parts of a story can be really hit or miss with me but I liked how this one played out. Amarrah and Harrison's attraction to one another worked well in the framework that was laid out. I liked the world building and I think this is a story I wouldn't mind revisiting to see how it played out.This book was a free Kindle download I picked up 09/03/12 for the Why Buy the Cow? reading challenge.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  • Shirley
    2018-12-08 05:44

    If the purpose of a prequel novella to a series is to get readers curious about what's to come in a series then Legacy of the Witch works well. Readers were given enough of a tease that you couldn't help but be curious about what happens next. Through flashbacks to the past and present time drama, Legacy of the Witch leaves readers with a sense that there is a lot more in store for not only the main characters featured but those who were left in the past. I received Legacy of the Witch as a free download from Amazon on September 5, 2012.

  • Selina
    2018-12-02 04:52

    This is a free kindle e-book, published by Mills & Boon. Amarrah's grandmother has left her a box for safe keeping. This box has been left by some witches, which is supposed to be passed on from generation to generation.Amarrah's grandmother used to tell stories about the witches. The book is about Amarrah losing the box and finding it again, with the help of Harrison who is a soldier.It is a story about how she remembers her past life, and how she meets and falls in love with Harrison.It is a pleasant, fast paced story.