Well it turns out this prequel just happens to take place at Christmas, who da thought! Anyway this is an awesome little introduction to the title character in this series and the author does a bang up job of giving us the details of where and what situation she came from. It's really cool how in so very few pages the author molds and details Nyssa Glass into a complex personality who the reader just must know more about. The writing and plot are tight and the whole story is satisfyingly completeand a most enjoyable read. I will definitely be reading my way through the remainer of this series.