This was just a prequel to the series, which I now will have to read someday, but it was a good read all on its own. The foreshadowing was strong enough throughout that I can't say I was surprised by anything, but somehow that didn't take away the creepiness factor. Like in movies when I know something is about to grab the hero, and I jump even worse than if I'd been surprised. I get made fun of for that, but I don't care. It's the suspense that does it.
This is definitely scary in a vampire/demon kind of way, and although many questions were answered in just the short story, I have more that I look forward to investigating. The writing/editing is clean, the story moves along quickly without rushing, and the heroine is easy to get along with.
Language: The blurb says there is foul language, but I can't remember any.
Sexual Content: None.
Violence: Yeah, it's a little gruesome in one part, and my guess is that there's plenty more to come in the following series.
Over-all Message/Plot: Not a message story. I found no continuity errors or plot holes, and the plot was pretty straightforward: escape or die. But I don't want to make it sound boring--it was anything but boring. Great read for a night when you want something creepy without straight on horror.
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