Only Mostly Optional. All along, I’ve been saying that the short stories in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection are optional reading. Yes, you’ll pick up more details about the clans and their customs, but the stories stand alone. If you skip them, you’ll still be able to enjoy the Amaranthine Saga. But as is often the case when I write, I’ve been making connections between the Saga & Songs. And they’re now so tightly woven, it’d be a shame if you missed out.
I’ve added a note at the beginning of Bk6: Pimiko and the Uncharted Island, encouraging folks to read Bathed in Moonlight and Flattered by Flowers before proceeding. And Lord Mettlebright’s Man, for that matter. For … reasons.
Thank you to those of you who’ve read ALL the things. And most especially to all of you who also took the time to review & recommend the Saga & Songs to others. I’m grateful.