My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’m used to reading shorter works now, thanks to the digital revolution, and have been surprised by how much I enjoy the brevity of the format. With Shattered Magic, I feel that the length was the main reason why I can only give it 3 stars.
The shorter format made me feel that a lot of the typical build up (for romance) was absent. The faster pace works with some novellas, but not this one. Other than the whole set-up feeling a tad coincidental, there just wasn’t anytime for the relationship to develop. If this had been an erotic novella, the quick progression wouldn’t have felt so forced. But it’s not.
Overall, the world building was interesting and the writing good. It just felt like perhaps an over-zealous editor lopped off huge hunks of the story, paring it down to novella size instead of encouraging the author to flesh things out and craft a full length novel. I was left feeling ‘meh’ instead of wowed like I had hoped.