Published by HarperTeen on July 7th 2015
In The Jewel, we followed Violet in her servitude under the Duchess of the Lake. Now we'll hear Raven's story and her time as a surrogate for the Countess of the Stone in this digital novella from Amy Ewing.
When Raven is bought at the Auction, she knows immediately that things will not go well. And when she arrives at the Countess's palace, Raven quickly discovers that the Countess is much less interested in having a baby than experimenting with Raven's mind and body. Raven can only hope for an escape…and to see Violet again, all the while reminding herself that she is Raven Stirling, and she does matter.
HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.
I don’t always read novellas, especially when they are for secondary characters. However, after Violet noticed Raven getting increasingly thin and confused, I needed to find out what was going on.
I thought that Violet was being treated terrible, but her treatment is nothing compared to Raven’s. The Countess of the Stone is evil. Plain and Simple. Raven isn’t just property; she’s “It”. It sleeps on the stone floor in a cage. It gets tiny meals consisting of a red apple slice, three peas and a half of an onion roll. It gets led around with a muzzle and blindfold.
I’m glad I read this novella. It’s short of course but really enlightening. The Lady of the Lake told Violet that there are others out there much crueler than her and now we know who is and how much.