French Leave is the 4th Novella written by Mark Hayden. See’s Vicky, Alain, Helen and Conard taking a trip to France to try and capture the Bard Adaryn ap Owain can they succeed?
French Leave is the first Novella that I have really felt that while it was important to read the main story that the reader wouldn’t get the significance of the story even the with the cliff notes. That said I can understand why Mark says the reader doesn’t need to have read the main story because he does a good job of explaining the story so far but in all honesty, I only felt you need the main story in this book because the plotline isn’t a seperate case its an attempt at closing an open case.
The stand out for me is how we got to learn more about Alain and Helen it has set them up nicely for the main series. While he still has a minor role in this instalment I felt that we really got to know Alain even if we didn’t have his perspective we saw him through Vicky’s eyes. While this novella moves between characters like The Seventh Star it spends most of the time in Vicky’s view which is always a positive experience. Kiera Faulkner was also a good perspective because you could see in the mind of someone on the other side of the story in some respects.
French Leave I gave 4/5 on Goodreads because it was well written tied up some loose ends and gave some interesting views on characters and may have even changed my view of them slightly. This a story that I would also recommend you read before you carry on with the main series because it does feel like it has answerd some questions that could impact the main series too.