Quick Holiday read. Set during Christmas, it follows the celebrations of the now huge families of both Robert and Colin with their respective wives, friends, and creatures of the realms. Not packed with much action or suspense as the previous books as this is just a novella but it gives us a preview of what's to come in the next book. It glimpses in to the past thanks to a malevolent ghost intent on killing the new lady of Castle Ravensmore and all her children (Emily)and thanks to the reappearance of that dreadful brother, Hamish, who seems to be back to create nothing more than grief to Colin's family.
I liked how it described the every-day lives of the Shadow Walkers when not at work and when surrounded by friends and family but the silliness of that ghost kind of ruined it for me. I wish the story would have focused more on Hamish being back and Thorne's reasons for bringing him back. However, I can tell it works well as a tie in for the next book, which for what I can tell is going to be Hamish story. It says it can be read as a stand alone but I really don't think anyone would enjoy it as much unless they've read the previous two books. 3 1/2 stars.
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP)*