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A paperback edition of three novellas set within the world of the New York Times bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series, previously available only digitally: The Shadow Cats, The Shattered Mountain, and The King’s Guard.The Shadow Cats is told from the perspective of Elisa’s older sister. Discover how their sibling rivalry looks from Alodia’s viewpoint, and find out whA paperback edition of three novellas set within the world of the New York Times bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series, previously available only digitally: The Shadow Cats, The Shattered Mountain, and The King’s Guard.The Shadow Cats is told from the perspective of Elisa’s older sister. Discover how their sibling rivalry looks from Alodia’s viewpoint, and find out why Alodia agrees to marry her sister off to King Alejandro of Joya de Vega. The Shattered Mountain revolves around Elisa’s best friend and handmaiden, Mara. Before she meets Elisa at the rebel camp in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, she suffers her own tragedy. Her village is destroyed and she must lead the few young survivors to safety. The King’s Guard centers on Hector, Commander of the Royal Guard and Elisa’s true love. Set years before The Girl of Fire and Thorns, it shows us fifteen-year-old Hector as a new recruit. He must prove himself—and he discovers a secret he must keep forever....

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories Reviews

  • Judith (Paper Riot)
    2019-03-04 12:47

    ONE OF THESE STORIES IS ABOUT HECTORI'M OKAYI'M FINE

  • Lisa
    2019-03-04 08:21

    I am so glad I read this book. These are definitely one (three actually) of the best novella's I've ever read. I am so glad and happy to know the backstories of these three amazing characters. I feel like I know them so well now. I hope the side characters of each of these novella's will make an appearance in the series. I know some already have in the first book (and I might have missed some). I highly recommend these novella's if you've read The Girl of Fire and Thorns

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-03-26 09:37

    The Shadow Cats (Fire and Thorns, #0.5)From Alodia's POV. It takes place before Elisa marries Alejandro, and offers insight into the sisters' relationship, which I particularlly appreciated, being an elder sister myself. I'd had a hard time with how cold and indifferent Alodia came across in the full installments of this series. It's just a really good novella.The Shattered Mountain (Fire and Thorns, #0.6)From Mara's POV. This is the story of how her village was destroyed, and how she came to join the rebels. It really fleshes her out as a character, but it is not a happy story.Again, a really good novella.The King's Guard (Fire and Thorns, #0.7)In which a 15 y.o Hector is sent on a mission by Alejandro during his King's Guard training. Oh, so many royal secrets . . .Obviously this was fabulous. B/c Hector.

  • Jana
    2019-03-19 09:44

    Rae Carson could write twenty books set in Joya D'Arena, and I would happily buy them all. She knows the land, its people and their cultures, the climate, even the flavor of the sea water so well that I suspect she's been there and these books are just an accounting of her travels. As a fan of the original Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, I was thrilled to have more insight into characters like Alodia, Mara, and Hector, and Carson did not disappoint in the slightest. Now that I've read these prequel stories, I need to go back and read the trilogy all over again, to look for mentions of Benito and Reynaldo or Lucio and Fernando, as well as a need to re-acquaint myself with Her Majesty Elisa. This collection of stories would be a terrific introduction to Carson's style and Joya D'Arena for any reader who is unfamiliar with either, but it also filled in details for me and reminded me of just how much I love reading Rae Carson's work.Just so we're clear, I purchased this book and fangirled all over it without any prompting or incentive from the author, publisher, or anyone else. These sparkly little thoughts are all mine.

  • Emmy Ruijven
    2019-03-08 14:42

    3,5

  • Kaugummiqueen
    2019-03-03 13:34

    4,5 Sterne! Geschichte 2 und 3 haben mir sehr gut gefallen, Geschichte 1 war dagegen etwas schwach. InhaltIn The Shadow Cats erfährt man von Elisas Schwester Alodia, der rechtmäßigen Thronerbin von Orovalle. Ihre Gedanken und ihre kühle Haltung ihrer jüngeren Schwester gegenüber werden deutlich, ebenso wie ihr Wunsch, ihr zukünftiges Königreich vor den Feinden zu schützen, die sich langsam aber sicher erheben. In The Shattered Mountain erlebt Mara, später eine treue Freundin von Elisa, wie ihr Dorf von Inviernos niedergebrannt wird. Zusammen mit einigen Kindern und ihrem Geliebten kann sie entkommen. Doch sie alle sind geschwächt und sie wissen nicht, wohin der Weg sie führen wird. In The King's Guard tritt der fünfzehnjährige Hector entgegen allen Erwartungen bei der Königsgarde bei, um zu zeigen, was er wert ist. Doch schon nach kurzer Zeit wird er von seinem König und Freund Alejandro für einen geheimen und wichtigen Auftrag fortgeschickt und muss sich beweisen - auch vor sich selbst.Meine MeinungDa ich von der Reihe Fire and Thorns von Rea Carson begeistert war, wusste ich, dass ich die Kurzgeschichtensammlung besitzen musste. Ich wollte mehr aus der Welt erfahren, welche die Autorin erschaffen hat. Vor allem die Kurzgeschichten aus der Sicht von Mara und von Hector haben mich besonders gereizt, da ich beide Charaktere sehr mochte (Hector ist sowieso einfach nur toll ♥). Zeitlich sind die Geschichten vor der Haupthandlung angesiedelt, man kann sie also getrost vorab lesen, aber ich glaube, dass der Aha-Effekt einfach größer ist, wenn man die Kurzgeschichten erst im Anschluss liest.The Shadow CatsDie erste Geschichte ist aus der Sicht von Elisas älterer Schwester Alodia geschrieben. In den Büchern kam sie immer kalt und unnahbar herüber und man spürte stets eine gewisse Distanz zwischen ihr und Elisa. Immer schien es, dass Alodia neidisch auf den Godstone ihrer Schwester war. In dieser Kurzgeschichte besucht Alodia als Repräsentantin ihres Vaters eine Hochzeit, von der sie sich zukünftig ein starkes Bündnis erhofft. Doch die Hochzeit steht unter keinem guten Stern. Das Brautpaar, obwohl einander zugetan, befürchtet, die Vermählung absagen zu müssen, da eine grausame Bestie ihr Unwesen treibt, Menschen anfällt und das Land verdorren lässt. In Alodias Gedanken eintauchen zu können war sehr interessant, denn sie ist sehr berechnend und kühl. Das Wohl ihres zukünftigen Königreiches liegt ihr am Herzen, daher tut sie alles, um Vasallen und Unterstützung zu gewinnen. Doch trotz ihrer Distanziertheit schafft sie es dennoch, so etwas wie Liebe zu empfinden. Da ist zum Einen der Eunuch Zito, ihr engster Vertrauter und bester Freund, ihre Schwester Elisa, die sie mal mehr, mal weniger schätzt, und das kleine Mädchen Lupita, das sie kurz vor der Hochzeit kennen lernt und von der unheimlichen Bestie getötet worden zu sein scheint. Gemeinsam mit Zito begibt Alodia sich auf die Suche nach der Wildkatze und macht eine erstaunliche Entdeckung. Plötzlich merkt man als Leser, dass Alodia doch nicht so unnahbar und kalt ist, wie sie zuvor immer gewirkt hat. Sie ist zwar stark und mutig, aber auch verletzlich. Die erste Hälfte der Geschichte war leider etwas dröge, auch wenn man ein paar Gute Einblicke in Alodias Denken bekommen hat. Erst die zweite Hälfte war spannend und auch interessanter, wobei sie auch etwas unlogisch war. An sich hat mir die Geschichte gut gefallen, von den dreien war sie jedoch die schwächste.The Shattered MountainDie zweite Kurzgeschichte wird aus der Sicht von Mara geschildert, die in der Reihe eine enge Freundin und Vertraute von Elisa wird. In der Haupthandlung erfuhr man, dass Mara viele Narben trägt, aber weshalb, wurde nicht wirklich behandelt. In The Shattered Mountain erhält man Antworten. An dem Tag, als Mara und ihr Verlobter Julio aus dem Heimatdorf fliehen und heimlich heiraten wollen, wird das Dorf von Inviernos überfallen und niedergebrannt. Mara und Julio trennen sich, um die Kinder aus dem Dorf zu retten und die Feinde von der Flucht abzulenken. Die Rettungsaktion gelingt, doch alle sind stark geschwächt und Julio erscheint zudem nicht am verabredeten Treffpunkt. Mara mochte ich in der Hauptgeschichte schon sehr gerne, wobei ich gerne mehr über sie erfahren hätte. Dazu hatte man nun die Gelegenheit. Man wusste schon, dass sie viel Schreckliches in ihrem kurzen Leben durchmachen musste, doch es nun schwarz auf weiß zu lesen war teilweise heftig. Die Flucht der Gruppe, bestehend aus ein paar Kindern und Jugendlichen, hat mich sehr gefesselt und bestürzt. Mara als Älteste übernimmt die Verantwortung und Führung, gleichzeitig spürt man ihre Angst, da Julio nicht auftaucht. Ich habe richtig mitgefiebert, denn den Flüchtenden liegen viele Steine im Weg und immer wieder passieren Unglücke, weswegen die Kinder immer schwächer werden. Mara als Protagonistin war sehr überzeugend und ich nahm ihr alle Gedanken und Taten ab. Ich habe es bewundert, wie sie alles versucht hat, um die Kinder durch zu bringen. Ihre Liebe zu Julio hat mich ebenfalls berührt. Wer die Haupthandlung vorher gelesen hat, der wird wissen, was passiert, aber es hat mich sehr traurig gestimmt und ich musste tatsächlich ein paar Tränen verdrücken. Besonders gut gefallen hat mir aber das Ende der Kurzgeschichte, in dem einige Parallelen zur Haupthandlung zu finden waren. Die Geschichte hat mir sehr gut gefallen.The King's GuardHector ♥ Muss ich mehr sagen? Eine Kurzgeschichte, in der Hector der Protagonist ist. Und dann dazu noch ein niedlicher Fünfzehnjähriger. Das kann nur gut werden. War es auch. Die dritte Kurzgeschichte ist die längste von den dreien und sogar noch einen Ticken besser als die zweite. Es war total interessant, die Beweggründe zu erfahren, weshalb Hector unbedingt bei der Königsgarde beitreten wollte. Als Favorit des Königs, da er mit ihm befreundet ist, hat er es bei seiner Aufnahme nicht leicht und wird von den anderen Rekruten, aber auch von den Ausbildern geschnitten und ungerecht behandelt. Ich fand es faszinierend, wie er trotz allem beherrscht und ruhig blieb, obwohl er manchmal eine dicke Lippe riskierte. Dadurch konnte man gut nachvollziehen, warum Hector so wurde, wie er sich in der Haupthandlung auch gibt: ruhig und bedacht, bei passender Gelegenheit aber auch schlagfertig und spitzzüngig, aber treu und ergeben denen gegenüber, die er liebt. Als er nach nur einem Tag bei der Königsgarde einen Auftrag für Alejandro erledigen soll, ist er zunächst nicht begeistert, da dies seine Favoriten-Position stärkt und ihn bei den anderen noch unbeliebter macht. Für den Auftrag werden ihm die Rekruten Lucio und Fernando zur Seite gestellt, die man auch aus der Haupthandlung noch kennt. Der Auftrag ist prekär und muss unter größter Geheimhaltung ausgeführt werden und schon bald merkt man, dass es Leute gibt, die nicht wollen, dass der Auftrag gelingt. Andere bekannte und unangenehme Gesichter aus der Haupthandlung tauchen auf und lassen einen misstrauisch werden. Es geht gegen Ende der Geschichte recht übel zur Sache und ich wusste nicht, ob ich lachen oder weinen sollte, da eine Szene sehr heftig war. Rea Carson geht mit ihren Figuren jedenfalls nicht sonderlich zimperlich um, was man auch schon in den anderen Kurzgeschichten feststellen konnte. Jedenfalls kommt ein Geheimnis zu Tage, mit dem ich zunächst nicht gerechnet hätte, obwohl es sich schon nach einiger Zeit erahnen ließ, was den Leser einen komplett neuen Blick auf die Haupthandlung werfen lässt - und auch auf Hector, der dieses Geheimnis mit sich tragen muss. Mein Respekt vor ihm ist jedenfalls gestiegen, da seine Liebe, Treue und Loyalität wirklich bewundernswert sind.FazitAlle drei Kurzgeschichten waren sehr angenehm und schnell zu lesen und haben mir gefallen, wobei die erste Kurzgeschichte leider am schwächsten, dafür aber auch kürzesten war. Es war sehr interessant, mehr Hintergrundinformationen über Mara und Hector zu erfahren, da man die Figuren nun viel besser versteht und noch mehr schätzt als sowieso schon. Die Sprache der Autorin war wie gewohnt sehr schön zu lesen, da sie einen sehr bildhaften und ausgefeilten Schreibstil hat. Insgesamt vergebe ich, mit Tendenz nach oben, sehr gute 4,5 von 5 Sternen!

  • Birdie
    2019-03-05 11:24

    Since this is a bind-up of 3 novellas I'm not going to give this a rating I'll just rate each individual short story and give a small review.THE SHADOW CATS-- 2/5I found this one to be the most boring and disappointing out of all three novellas mainly because Alodia is my least favourite of the main bunch of characters in this series. I really didn't like seeing the way she viewed and belittled Elisa in her head, it just made me hate her and want to take back the good feelings I began to have for her at the end of the third book. Besides hating her and her narrative, I found this story to be boring and dry. It does reveal some of the reason for Elisa being given to Alejandro but it didn't reveal the full reason which was what I was expecting. I will say that I enjoyed getting to know Zito, that was probably the most interesting aspect. Overall, this novella was a bit disappointing.THE SHATTERED MOUNTAIN-- 4/5It's no surprise I loved this novella because I love Mara so much. I sobbed so much reading this because she had to push through some awful things to get to where she was when she met Elisa. I really enjoyed getting to see her learn to lead and accept herself and grow as a person, without needing Julio as a crutch. This novella was so heartwarming but also so sad because of all the terrible things she and the kids had to deal with. It was a great background story for Mara's character and makes me love her even more. Overall, this was a great novella and I really enjoyed it.THE KING'S GUARD-- 5/5Is it any surprise that I absolutely loved this novella and found it flawless? No, because I love Hector so much he is such a precious cinnamon roll OH MY GOSH. Honestly, I think this novella was also amazing because of how many things it set up for the first book in the series. Hector learns so much about the royal family/palace in this book and while I guessed what was going to happen right before it was revealed, I was still completely shocked and had to stop reading for a second because it was such a good plot twist. I never saw it coming when I originally read the trilogy. It just makes me love Rosario even more and consequently dislike Alejandro more. I also really liked how in this novella we get to see how Hector formed friendships with Lucio and Fernando, some of my favourite characters from the last 2 books especially. I also liked getting to see Felix (Hector's older brother) with his wife aboard the ship because they were never together in the trilogy. She's one heck of a woman and her scolding Hector was the highlight of my life. The line Hector said at the end about his three personal items being his love for his kingdom, king, and queen made my eyes a little misty because YAS that's my precious cinnamon roll you go Hector!!! Overall, I really loved this novella and it was obviously my favourite out of the three XD. <3To be honest, I don't think the first two novellas are necessary to read to fully understand the series because not many new, important things happen in them. I'd just suggest reading them if you're like me and can't get enough of this world after the third book ended. I will say that I recommend reading The King's Guard after maybe the first book because it does have an important discovery in it, although, the discovery isn't really related to Elisa and her journey with the Godstone, it pertains more to the whole heir situation in the palace with Alejandro and why Hector is known as a man of few words.

  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    2019-03-09 12:29

    HECTOR.That's enough for now.Review will follow.4.5 stars.Edit:I'm not reviewing this book on my blog, so I'm going to write down what I have to say over here. The first story shows some more of Elisa's sister and I liked that we got to see her POV. We only know her as the 'better' sister who hates Elisa, but now we get to see that's not true. She values Elisa at the end of the story and I loved to see that development in their relationship.THERE IS A HECTOR STORY. I mean, what more do I need to say before you pick this book up? This story alone is worth this book. We see how he claims his role and it's HECTOR.And then there is a story about Mara, which was incredibly interesting and sad to read.

  • Brianne
    2019-03-16 09:42

    I really enjoyed all three stories.. but now I yearn for more from this world!

  • Bookbuyer
    2019-03-20 13:33

    These were some really interesting short stories. Sometimes if I can't get into the main series I still love to read the novellas.The first one was really interesting. I thought the princess was really strong and that her sister was also strong but in a different way. I am curious to see how all these characters are in the main story.I felt bad for the poor eunuch guy. But glad that he and the princess have such a strong friendship.I had never realized that these short stories have a bit of a Mexican or Latin American feel to them. There were some words that I didn't completely get but thanks to my French I was able to have a good guess. I was very mad at the father in the second novella. He was a real piece of work. I'm glad that he died.I was really sad that Julio died though. He and Mara were a really cute couple. Mara was really strong and was able to lead all the children to safety.In the third novella. I really liked Hector. He was a smart young man and very reliable.I was horrified at what Isabella's father had done to her. To disfigure her like that takes a truly sick mind. I'm glad that the king and queen will raise the baby. :)

  • Gunjan (NerdyBirdie)
    2019-02-24 14:45

    This bind-up: mindblowing.If I had to list this in order from most favorite to least favorite would be: The King’s Guard, The Shadow Cats, and then The Shattered Mountain.I guess I’ll talk about each novella separately:The Shadow Cats is the first novella in the bind-up series. I liked this a lot. Mostly because it was funny to read how Alodia thinks. And she has her moments. But it was also so different, because, people, our badass Queen Elisa is completely useless from Alodia’s point of view! But in The Girl of Fire of Thorns we see that Elisa isn’t useless.The Shattered Mountain is the second novella in the bind-up series. I liked this one, because I felt that Mara was always a strong. It was great to see her lead, and her backstory was so sad.:DThe King’s Guard is the final story in the bind-up. THIS IS MY FAVORITE OUT OF ALL OF THEM! I loved Hector, and I can tell that he’s the same person in The Girl of Fire and Thorns and just as loyal—as always! If Hector and Elisa weren’t married then I would’ve taken him.Obviously if you’re a fan of this series then you’ll love this! I loved all the stories and the way they were written! So now I’m officially caught up on everything Rae Carson has ever written and am pumped up for her next book! :D :D :D

  • Krista
    2019-03-14 14:40

    Actual rating: 3.5These were good, but not great.Three novellas give us another peek at Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns characters, but I wouldn't say they offer any new insight.Apart from the reveal at the end of Hector's story - which was too obvious to be called a twist - I didn't come away with any added understanding of Alodia, Mara or Hector. I will admit, though, that Mara's story was inarguably compelling. All in all, these are nice, quick reads if you're not ready to let go of Carson's world quite yet, but they didn't do much else for me.

  • Cathy
    2019-03-10 16:20

    The Fire and Thorns series is one of my favourites and one of many things I absolutely adored about the series is the way Rae Carson wrote her characters. All her characters felt so REAL, and i'm so glad that we get to learn more about some of them. Each of these stories made me love the characters even more and reignited my love for the world that I was introduced to in The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Of the three, my favourite was definitely The Shattered Mountain (Mara's story).

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-03-07 08:47

    Writing style, pacing, you name it. Carson does everything right.The Shadow Cats: I liked that we got a little bit of Alodia's perspective and now it's clear to me that the sisters would have gotten along better had their mother lived and/or had a competent father.The Shattered Mountain: Mara is great, as usual.The King’s Guard: Hector had a lot more to do with Rosario than meets the eye.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-22 15:44

    Reading this book made me realize how much I miss the world of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I love Rae Carson's writing so much and hope that there are more books set in this world. It was pleasure reading from Hector's, Mara's, and Alodia's perspective.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-18 13:27

    Really great insights on the back stories of these characters!! And HECTORRR I loved his story so much. and now this has prompted me to want to reread the series on audio!

  • Devon
    2019-03-14 13:19

    4.5 stars

  • Rachel
    2019-03-06 16:27

    SO. GOOD. And all I want now is to reread the entire series.

  • Anjillica Navarro
    2019-02-25 16:18

    I loved these stories and I am excited to read more of Rae Carson's work. It captured me immediately and I loved every minute.

  • Jennifer Sakash
    2019-03-16 11:33

    I had read the first 2 stories as e-books. Nice to have more background about some of the more interesting characters. Best to read this before the main book series.

  • Adeline
    2019-02-28 09:19

    The Shadow Cats: 3.5 starsThe Shattered Mountain: 3.5 starsThe King's Guard: 4.5 stars

  • Lara
    2019-02-26 09:44

    *3 stars overall* The Shadow Cats - *2 stars*The Shattered Mountain - *3 stars*The King's Guard - *4 stars* Hector's story was the best. (I might be biased.)

  • Dawn
    2019-02-25 12:38

    I actually enjoyed these prequel stories more than the actual series. I love the character development minus the overdramatic plot twists.

  • Alisha
    2019-03-14 10:47

    These novellas were okay, but nothing to get that excited about. The Hector one was good, the others were okay.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-03-07 12:36

    For more reviews, gifs, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.As of this writing, I was chatting with Debby (Snuggly Oranges) about this series very recently. That made me reflect on how much my attitude on this series has changed. Though I read the first book twice, I still can’t say I liked it, and, even now that I know how good the series gets, I still highly doubt I’d like the first book. Yet, here I am now, enough of a fan to read accompanying novellas that aren’t essential to the overall story, something I rarely bother to do.The short stories themselves remind me mostly of all the things that I ended up loving about the Fire and Thorns series. I love how brutal Carson can be to her characters. Pretty much every story is one of some level of despair. The story about Mara is deeply sad. Hector’s story has a scene that will probably haunt me forever it was so disgusting.I also think that Carson’s genius is inherent in the way she can make you reevaluate a character, just like she took me from loathing Elisa to respecting her. That’s not an easy thing to do. I love that there’s a story from Alodia’s point of view. Elisa spends a lot of time hating on Alodia, her all too perfect sister. It’s nice that she gets a chance to speak for herself, and I also like getting to see Elisa through her eyes.Mara’s story, “The Shattered Mountain”, ended up being my favorite one. Mara isn’t a character I really remembered too much about from the series. Yeah, I remember her romance and that she was part of the group, but that’s about it. I recall her as being somewhat prickly. If I’m right about that, then I can see why. She’s been through so much tough shit, because of family and the war. I would like to give her massive hugs.Hector’s story was probably the most fascinating in terms of relating to the plot of the overall series. You learn things both about Alejandro’s previous marriage and about how Hector ended up being made the head guard at such a young age. Sure, I would have preferred some extra adult Hector time, since I can’t swoon over fifteen-year-old Hector, but it was good.The stories also reminded me how badly I loathe the words “rear” and “belly,” of which Carson is overfond. You know how most people feel about the word “moist”? That’s how I’ve come to feel about those two words. Partly, it’s because they feel like words someone might say to a child and partly because I can’t imagine men really using them to describe their bodies. Sure, the feel isn’t modern, but also it’s a fantasy and there has to be some other word for it. If I ever read part of this series again, I’m taking a shot every time I hit one of those words and reporting back how drunk I get, because that will be more fun than wincing every time.The rest of my problems all stem from the audiobook, which is a shame because I loved the audiobooks for the series. First off, they used the same narrators from the rest of the series. Using the same Hector narrator makes perfect sense, but I’m not sure why Jennifer Ikeda is reading for Alodia and Mara. I like her narration, but I associate her voice with Elisa. Yes, those two POVs are third person, but I still don’t like that they don’t get their own voices. I had to keep reminding myself, especially with Alodia, that I wasn’t listening to an Elisa story.More problematic is Hector’s story. For some reason, the production on “The King’s Guard” was terrible. If it had been the first story, I would have DNFed the audiobook immediately, but, since it was last, I was stuck. It’s not Luis Moreno’s fault. It’s like they forgot to edit his section. His breaths have been left in, from deep gasps to little pants. It’s deeply unpleasant to listen to. Every so often, I could even here some background noises. I’m hoping that I somehow got an early version from Harper, but I couldn’t verify that since the Audible sample only has Jennifer Ikeda’s narration.Rarely, in my audiobook reviews, am I going to tell you to go with the print over the audio (assuming you’re an audiobook fan). I try not to listen to the audiobook version if I feel like it’s negatively impacting my experience. However, this one snuck up on me, and I’ve got to say I don’t personally recommend this format, unless someone can tell me Hector’s section is fine in the purchased version.

  • Gloria
    2019-03-18 12:17

    I actually read this one a few days ago, but I only had a chance to review now.You know, I really liked this set of prequel stories. It helps you understand the characters better, and it was really interesting to learn more about their background. I think it adds much more to the Fire and Thorns series.

  • Kerr
    2019-03-23 11:32

    Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book BlogThe Shadow Cats 0.5This was fascinating. We got to understand a little more about Elisa's sister, and we find out exactly why she sends Elisa off to marry King Alejandro of Joya de Vega. I assumed it was to protect her, right up until the very end. The happenings in this story could even support that. But it turns out Alodia saw so much more in her sister in that one situation that no one else ever realised. And she was right.The Shattered Mountain 0.6This is the story of Mara and it made me cry. Not her horrid past, not her heartbreak - they made me sad for her, but what made me cry is when she tried to give up and those she saved decided it was their turn to save her. And how she felt about this. At the end of her story she sees Elisa and her first impression is interesting and foreshadows their friendship well.The King's Guard 0.7Ah, young Hector. The one I was most looking forward to. I'm kind of sad that we don't get to see him meeting and falling in love with Elisa, I'd LOVE to read that, but this was pretty good too. We know he's savy and smart, he's the commander of the Royal Guard when we meet him in Fire and Thorns, but in this we get to see just how much like Elisa he really is. They think so similarly it's brilliant. Difficult situations and high risk sinarios should be a breeze with them around.We also get to see a little into Alejandro's world too. I thought his wife died in child birth, but perhaps that was Elisa's mother. I'll need to check when she did die, because it would be odd if he was unmarried for so long otherwise. As to the secret it is that Hector knows, it wasn't horrifically surprising and I know it will go with him to the grave.It was nice to see the start of Fernando and Lucio too. If it wasn't for Enrico, would these two boys have become the men they are today? Who can say.I'm sad that this story ended here, I'd have liked to see some of the training and how Hector got from the youngest to the commander in under 5 years.

  • Jessica (Books: A true story)
    2019-03-11 16:43

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories is a compilation of three prequel novellas for The Girl of Fire and Thorns Series. The three novellas are called Shadow Cats, The Shatter Mountain, and The King's Guard. I have mini reviews for each novella.Shadow CatsTold from the perspective of the main character's sister. We get to see their relationship and why her sister set up an arranged marriage. Great conflict for a short story. I like Alodia (Elisa's sister). She really knows how to motivate people and lead them to the point that she almost seems manipulative. I say almost because it's clear that she does everything to protect the people in her kingdom. Adds enough background that it's worth reading.The Shattered MountainMara's tragic story. To be honest, though, I don't remember her character from the series so this story didn't hold my interest as much as the others even though it was well written. It's still a great story but it's nothing compare to the amazingness of The King's Guard.The King's GuardBest short story ever. Seriously. If all short stories had this much character development, conflict, and plot in just 90 pages I would read way more of them. We get to see the background of the romantic hero, Hector. Great conflict for a short story--it was the addicting, page-turning kind. We get to see Hector sacrifice his three prized possessions to save his kingdom even though he thinks he will lose his job, his future, and everything else by doing it. At the end, Hector is completely changed and is left with no possessions to serve as a guard except "Love for my kingdom, love for my king, and love for my queen." CHILLS. It makes you love Hector even more. Must read story if you liked The Girl of Fire and Thorns series. (P.S. his three items are irreplaceable and valuable though that is not obvious to everyone else. They are a quilt made by the queen, money hidden as art on a board from his brother, and a priceless book from his mother).

  • Ashley
    2019-03-02 08:27

    Originally posted hereLast year I read and loved Rae Carson’s series The Girl of Fire and Thorns, which to be honest I’m still a little shocked about. Mostly because to this day I am not a fantasy person. But..I liked it. And recently when Carson’s short stories came out in one volume I knew I wanted to read them. Of course a TBR happens and well, books get pushed down. Then, thanks to my library overdrive app, The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories appeared as an audiobook and it was fate. FATE I SAY.This was a solid set of three stories, all short and take place before the first book in the series. While they are not needed to understand the series (for those who hate novellas) but they do add to the story, and they made me miss the characters. Mostly Hector, because I do love and adore Hector. Hearts in my eyes for that Hector. But the first two weren’t about Hector and I still enjoyed them. You learn more about Elisa’s older sister, and you understand her from a completely different point of view. Same goes for the second story, The Shattered Mountain, you learn more about Mara, Elisa’s best friend, and she goes through so much that the reader doesn’t really understand and then in The Shattered Mountain your heart breaks for her so much.And then there is The King’s Guard which it’s obvious to whom it’s about. HINT: Hector! Oh Hector, our sweet boy who learns more in his 15 years than anyone should. Again, while it isn’t required to read these to understand The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, I do recommend it. It gave me feels I was in denial about for years.Also? HECTORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    2019-03-11 10:32

    NOTE: Two of the three short stories are more violent than the first novel (the only one I've read). Wanted to give a heads up."The Shadow Cats" is the first story about Elisa's sister Alodia. This was a little too short for me to get more of an idea of the sister. There is a major difference between the two, which the author does very well, but the violence in here was a little unnecessary in the amount of detail. I really don't like excessive violence in my reading, so I didn't really enjoy this one. (3 stars)"The Shattered Mountain" is the story of Mara, who you meet in the first book. This is the story of that happens before she meets Elisa. This showed the horrible effects of war and trying to survive in tough circumstances. This had a great survival story with great pacing, quiet moments of sadness and strength and really had me rooting for Mara. It made me excited to see how she will grow in the rest of the series. No major complaints. (4.5 stars)Finally, the longest short story is "The King's Guard" is about Hector before the first novel in his younger years. Man, this book really pushed my comfort zone. This really shows how awful and sick people can be, but also shows perseverance among trials. The pacing, how things unraveled and the knowledge you gain really adds to Hector as a character. If you can stomach the stuff in this, I highly recommend. (5 stars)The last two stories, in my opinion, are very essential to the series. I'm glad what I learned and can't see wait to see how they connect to the rest of the series.