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Title: The Shattered Mountain (Fire and Thorns #0.6)
Author: Rae Carson
Year Published: 2013
My The Girl of Fire and Thorns (#1) REVIEW
My The Shadow Cats (#0.5) REVIEW
My The Crown of Embers (#2) REVIEW
Ashley's The Girl of Fire and Thorns (#1) REVIEW
Ashley's The Crown of Embers (#2) REVIEW
Synopsis: On the outskirts of Joya d'Arena, small villages fight for survival against the onslaught of sorcerers and raiders. Mara's village has been safe--so far--but Mara decides to escape anyway. Escape from her harsh, abusive father. Escape with her first love. But when their plans fall on the same day that the animagi burn the village to the ground, Mara faces losses that could destroy her. She's a survivor, though. She is going to make it through the mountains, and she is going to protect the refugees following her. Because there's a rumored safe haven . . . and some say they have found the Chosen One. Told from Mara's point-of-view, The Shattered Mountain is an alternate perspective of the beginning of the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns.
Review: This is a really good survival story. It is compelling the whole time. Mara and her fellow survivors have to escape into the desert and avoid the animagi. With Rae Carson's novellas, they aren't just fun little other-side-of-the-story stories. They are whole stories on their own. There are characters from the first two books that make appearances in the story, but many new characters that are interesting.
This novella deals a lot with loss and death and the different ways people can deal with such loss. The way Carson writes these children surviving after such loss is so compelling. I give this novella a 4/5 and it is a must read for fans of the trilogy.