Rating: 4 stars
Axton’s existence was a lonely one until his mother brought Sadie into his life. Now, she’s the center of his universe, and he’ll do everything in his power to protect her.
But Griselda’s evil plans cast a dark shadow over their love, threatening the future he so desperately craves. With separation looming, Ax is preparing to sacrifice everything for the girl he loves. It’s a high-stakes gamble, and he needs to stay ahead of the game if he’s to outsmart his conniving mother.
Sadie has been his savior.
Now it’s his turn to save her.
Note from the author:
This optional novella relays Axton and Sadie’s backstory, and it is narrated solely from Ax’s point of view.
Provisional release date September 2016.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
I was so excited when I saw we would get a piece of Ax and Sadie their backstory and wow this novella sure didn’t disappoint. It’s an optional read, but I think it really adds something to this world and story Siobhan created. You can skip it and still follow the story, but I feel like this novella adds another layer and some depth and background to some characters.
We learn more about Ax and Sadie their past and their time on Tor in this novella. W see through Ax his eyes and really get how much Sadie means to him. It’s quite the emotions read and it’s so bittersweet! It was such a great read and at the same time it made me also very sad. If you read the first 3 books in this series you know what will happen and reading this novella knowing that is hard. I just felt so sorry for these characters, knowing what they will have to go through.
The Heir and the Human gives us a view into Ax his mind and until now I don’t think I ever fully understood him. I liked Ax form the beginning and his love for Sadie was obvious, but here you really get to see the extend of his love. How much he is willing to do for, how much he is willing to risk, how much he is willing to give up, how desperate he is. And it’s just awesome to get and understand his character better and if only for that this is a novella worth reading. I also think his behavior in book 3 makes more sense after reading this novella.
But it offers so much more. This novella shows us an important part of the backstory of some characters. And while we get some hints and bits and pieces in the books, I think this novella did a great job of having us be there and seeing things play out. We get to see Sadie, who’s slightly different here and it was interesting to see how she dealt with everything. And there’s Izzy and this novella explains so much about her as well. If I am correct she will get her own novella as well, but this one already gave some insights in her character. And some other side characters as well. And I even dare say we get a bit more understanding in Griselda, although I still think she’s pure evil. We do see a few glimpses that might have been something. It also explains Ax his connection with his mother and how he feels about her.
There’s a lot of story and events in this short story, a lot happens, but it doesn’t feel rushed. I also feel like it adds something to the series. Yes it’s mostly background and in the past, but it also explains a lot and gives you more understanding of some of the characters.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this novella, it was such a great read, but also bittersweet. I just felt sorry for the characters knowing what I do from the books. We get to spend some time on Tor, with characters we already know and get to see some of their back story. It’s written from Ax his point of view and I feel like I understand his character and the depth of his feelings much better after reading this one. I also enjoyed seeing some of the side characters and felt like this novellas gives me a better feel for them. All in all I think this is a great addition to the series and it you’re a fan of this series I would recommend you pick this one up!