I'll admit that the title didn't exactly inspire my confidence, but this book was advertised among the Audible Originals a while back, and since it was free I decided it was worth a try. After all, if I didn't like it, I could just ping Audible Customer Service and ask them to take it out of my library (you know, as you do).
Now, remember how someone in the distant past (or perhaps not so distant) told you that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover?
Well... yeah. I do that a lot. When I'm looking for a new book, I very frequently look for a book that has an interesting cover and an intriguing title, and pick it up to read the pitch on the back cover. Sometimes I won't even read the pitch - I'll just pick it up and start reading.
For example, when I found The 100-Year-Old Man that Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared I didn't bother reading the back cover, because the title was just so interesting that I didn't feel like I needed to.
This is another of those titles that grabbed my attention, and the cover art is very spoopy - I thought for sure what I had picked up was a short story about a murder mystery. It turns out I couldn't have been more wrong.
This short story stars a girl and her wolf, and showcases how a child sees the world of magic where people like us dreamed of living at that age.
Note: The wolf doesn't talk. I appreciate this.
It's got a great tone to it, evoking that childlike stubbornness and pride, along with the unthinking fear of the unknown. I would recommend this story for someone who doesn't have the time/energy for a full novel, but wants the worldbuilding and excitement of a novel series. BECAUSE (and this is the clever part) because this is part of a larger series and has a fully-developed world backing it up, but is short enough to enjoy in a single day.
If you like books like Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson or The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens, I think you would like this story.