I liked grouchy Chris and amusing Sable, and the concept of the basic story was intriguing. Derr was imaginative with the short stories, but it wasn't what I was expecting, and I wasn't a fan of the stories told out of order. I get some of the reasoning but it hurt the enjoyment some.
There were also a few holes that bugged me. Semi-spoilish, but if consorts are so important and they know 'right away when they first set eyes on a person', why did Sable (spoiler)
wait months after their first meeting to see him again? And then wait a year before telling Chris and making it official?
Overall glad I read it - was hard to put down and I couldn't wait to see what happened while reading it. The format was creative but not my favorite, and based on a few nuances I wrote above, can only give a 'good' rating instead of a great one. Looks like the rest of the series focuses on other characters as the mains, and not sure about the anthology format for those.
“Perhaps love was worth any and all sacrifice, but that love was of no comfort to those who were sacrificed.”