A trilogy of short stories from the worlds of Master of Crows, Entreat Me, and Radiance.
STRONG BLOOD (3,504 words) – Ballard de Sauveterre from ENTREAT ME crosses time to share a drink with Silhara of Neith from MASTER OF CROWS and discovers a connection that spans generations.
CROW AWAKENED (2,975 words) – A short follow-up to THE BRUSH OF BLACK WINGS in which a terrified Silhara finally learns why his beloved wife Martise is fading before his eyes.
A MATTER OF TRUST (5,336 words) – A cultural divide is resolved in the most delightful way between Brishen and Ildiko Khaskem. Takes place after RADIANCE and before EIDOLON.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had already read and loved the first two shorts in this collection and was thrilled to buy them. BUT THE THIRD STORY!!! A Matter of Trust is worth 99 cents on its own; it's hilarious and heartwarming and unbelievably sexy. And it's about Brishen and Ildiko, who may be my favorite different species couple.
I love and adore anything this woman writes, and these glimpses are just as wonderful! I've already had the pleasure of reading CROW AWAKENED and STRONG BLOOD in the past, but if you haven't, you might be a little lost, so it's best if you were to read MASTER OR CROWS and ENTREAT ME so you can familiarize yourself with the characters and story. Grace entwined these worlds together with many years apart, and you won't be disappointed! I loved the little surprise in CROW AWAKENED, and I had my suspicions after reading A BRUSH OF BLACK WINGS!
Now for A MATTER OF TRUST, I was completely tickled by this! I couldn't keep the smile from my face as I read the gossip of the human women that made Ildiko blush and raise her curiosity. Scenes between Ildiko and Brishen are some of the most tender, sweet, and loving moments I've ever read. A friendship blossomed into real love, and this gave us a glimpse of something very intimate between two lovers. It's a wonderful addition/surprise...
Strong Blood -
I adored ENTREAT ME, so it was wonderful to see Louvaen and Ballard once again.
This time around Ballard must cross worlds to meet with the Master Of Crows to make a trade, a gem for an artifact in order to stop the blight on his crops.
Silhara and Ballard do business and then it's back home.
Fairly uneventful and quite short. 3 Savvy Crowns.
Crow Awakened -
Martise has been ill ever since her last ordeal with the underworld if you will and Silhara cannot bear it anymore, so he calls in help.
MASTER OF CROWS is what turned me into a fan of a Grace Draven, I loved it and have read it probably five times. This short was a lot of filler, though.
BUT... there is a super cute ending to this one...and for that I'll give it 3 Savvy crowns.
A Matter Of Trust -
RADIANCE was just an alright book for me, it paled in comparison to the other two previous books that were...
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