This was a re-read, and so my expectations were very high. I remember enjoying it the first time through, which meant I should enjoy it even more the second.
Though this is a very short, short story it is well written. The world itself is quickly sketched in with the barest of strokes. The areas in which the story take place receive more detail as it is needed to provide enough depth for the tale to keep the reader immersed.
A sketch here, a nice insight there, and a little more information through action and dialogue makes the character development as complete as it can be in a short story. There are a few holes, though that is the format, rather than the lack of skill by Mr. Maltman.
Overall, after reading the main series, there are several questions left unresolved. Elysia helps to fill in those answers.
The pacing in this quick read does not do it justice. There is not enough time to develop a natural ebb and flow to the story telling, yet nothing here is rushed or lags. Everything written here drives through to the end, and you will probably hit the final word before you realize it.
Despite my preference for longer works, Elysia receives a 5 of 5 paw rating from this Pukah. There is a definite beginning, middle, and end to the story, though unless you have read the rest of the series, there are many questions that remain unanswered, which may bring down the enjoyment for others. (Yes, I have read them, so know most of the answers.)
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