Sometimes series are odd. The series is written and then a “prequel” is added at the beginning to better explain a character or characters. That’s what this prequel is. It’s the explanation of what makes Hale, Hale. I would suggest reading the series first and going back to this story.
It’s a quick and easy read with lots of drama, conflict and emotions. The writing is visually appealing and allows the reader to visualize what is going on. While it’s listed as a novella, it packs a lot of punch.
This is not a new to me author and I absolutely recommend their stories.