Set years before the events of Jacmuir: Trust Stained Lies, Xavor, Resna, and Natro are students at Jacmuir University. Natro wants to take his fellow students’ minds off of their difficult college studies, so he decides to throw a party. Xavor opposes this idea at first, but when he realizes that he might get to take Resna, the girl he has a crush on, he agrees to help. However, once they’re at the party, Xavor is forced to come to terms with an event from his past, one he hoped he would never have to face again.
I have never read the Jacmuir series, so I was unsure of what to expect from this prequel. However, I found that the author explained everything very well, and I felt that I didn’t need to have read the other books to understand what was happening.
The characters were easy to discern so that I didn’t get their names mixed up too often. I favored Xavor more than Natro simply because Xavor felt like a more tender-hearted character to me. Resna seemed like a nice girl, although I would have preferred if the author had given a bit more insight to her character. I would have loved to know more about her.
Even though this novella is under 50 pages, I found that the plot was well written. It kept my interest, and I didn’t feel as if it needed more plotline or suspense.
Overall, this is a great novella, even if you haven’t read the rest of the Jacmuir series.