"Carswell grinned, just to the point where it started to hurt, and rubbed a thumb over his tie tack. For good luck."
- Marissa Meyer, Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky
If it weren't for this novella, I would have already forgotten how much I love Carswell Throne. The way we got to know him in Cress pictured the guy as someone who isn't shy to get things his way, someone who's a fantastic negotiator, highly confident and after all, not bad with the ladies either. Comparing all these qualities to his teenage years, it might just seem that even back then, he was already the character we all love. What I loved even more about his character in this novella, was how good he actually is when it comes to negotiating. Or rather, excellent at telling nonsense. How talkative Carswell actually is made me laugh and love his character even more, if that's even humanly possible. The story itself is cute and fluffy, and does pictures him as a real hero despite what he says in Cress. I loved the relationship between him and Kate, and the little snippets of his life at home before even joining the army. If only this would have been more than just a novella.