Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. And it was not Alodia.
Alodia is the crown princess of the realm. The sister who knows how to rule, and the one who is constantly reminded that she has not been marked for a grand destiny. But Alodia has plans, and she will be the greatest queen her people have ever known. So she travels--with her hopeless, naïve, chosen sister--to a distant part of their land, to begin to secure her supporters. This region needs its princesses, for it is plagued with a curse. The crops don't grow, the spring doesn't arrive, and a fierce jaguar stalks the shadows, leaving only empty homes splashed with blood behind. If Alodia can save them, no one will be able to deny her strength and her sovereignty.
But what she discovers could change the fate of her kingdom, if not her world. And it will most certainly change her opinion of her younger sister.
This is a prequel novella of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. It's mostly about a journey of Alodia, the crown princess and the more "successful" one between Elisa and her. I really like the part that Alodia is not who I thought she was. Elisa always describe her as thinking herself as the superior one and sometimes bitchy. But throughout this novella I find that Alodia is quite different than how Elisa describe her. I kinda like Alodia's personality and I'd really like to see if there's more Alodia in The Crown of Embers.
The Shadow Cats is not as complex as The Girl of Fire and Thorns, as it's only a novella with fifty something pages. But the story is built up fast and I really appreciate that. And it relates closely to the early events in The Girl of Fire and Thorns which I consider is better than having hardly any relations. It's a must-read novella if you like The Girl of Fire and Thorns.