Published by Valkyrie Press on August 1st 2016
FINAL DECISION: Fabulous companion to the Arcana series. This collection of vignettes about the Arcana characters’ experiences on Day Zero provide insight into the major characters and some reveals before the next book comes out.
THE STORY: This novella is a collection of the stories of the Arcana characters as to what happened to them on Day 0. Some of the already defeated villains accounts are excluded but there is also the best accounting of each the different Arcana’s attributes. These vignette include several characters which have only barely been introduced to the series so there are spoilers and reveals as well.
OPINION: I loved this companion to the series because it gives some insights into the characters apart from the ongoing narrative of the books. This book is for fans of the series as it assumes knowledge of the characters and action. It provides fascinating views of these characters and their motivations and states of mind as the game begins. Clearly meant for those who already are invested in the series, this novella is more than a summary of known facts. It makes me anticipate the next book even more.
WORTH MENTIONING: All the Arcana are accounted for with revealed identities except the Hanged Man.
CONNECTED BOOKS: DAY ZERO is a novella in the Arcana series. It should be read after book 3 of the series because it contains spoilers for the books before that.
STAR RATING: I give this novella 5 stars.