I had tried to read the short story, but couldn't make it through, after seeing that my library had the same story in audio thought I would give it a try. I managed to make it to the end, but was meh on the whole story. I liked the Valkyrie aspect, I liked how different the vampires were, but I didn't necessary like the characters. They both drove me nuts. I will probably check out the next book in the series, but won't be rushing right out to get it.