The Mutt, by Kasia Bacon
An Order Series Short Story
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I, Ervyn Morryés of the Black Mountain clan, know all about control.
As the only fair-haired Dark Elf in the Highlands, I had to learn to control my fists and my temper in the face of derision.
To become the best archer amongst my peers, I had to learn to control my breathing and my movements.
But the day the half-breed called Lochan Féyes arrived at the training camp, my discipline faltered. Because—sweet gods—when I am around that aloof, blue-eyed assassin, my need is uncontrollable.
Hmmmmmmm. This is difficult. Bear with me while I ramble a little bit, ‘kay?
There are things that I definitely really liked. Kisses and sexual encounters are done really well, for example. Very vivid and intense and close. Hell yes to that. Yummmm. I can see good times ahead 😉
The narration is easy going and atmospheric. Despite being a really short story, I already got some insight into the world and setting, and I’d daresay that if you are into elves and war/assassin stuff, you should be intrigued enough to pick up the books that are coming out later this year. However, I am not entirely sure I am totally won over, despite being into that.
To be honest, I am not utterly sold by the characters—who are immensely important to me in every book—and I am not sure whether the problem is the short length of the book or the characters themselves. To me, they feel a little bit flat. Too hot, too gloomy and distant, too, um, boring? I dunno, I am not really intrigued by them. There’s something missing, some depth. This might be a lot better in the full-legnth novel that is to come, but that remains to be seen. Ah well, maybe that tattoo is indeed interesting 😀
Then, the connection between the protagonists is only build on sexual attraction in the beginning—which can be fine for me, but then I need something more afterwards, and what I can witness here is not enough to finally judge that. So either it’s not fully here yet and still to come, or, well, it’s just missing.
The power dynamic of dominance and submission… Is utterly hot, don’t get me wrong. I totally dig that (see above), but it feels a little bit forced here or too fast and sprung on the characters and the reader.
Writing this all down, I think I can say that the glimpse we get here into this new series is too short. Many things are promising, but depending on how the story and the characters evolve, it could just as well be disappointing. I can’t really decide and maybe I’ll find out, or maybe not.
A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. She has a mild coffee and lemon tart addiction. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.