She's more than just a sword.
“A friend of mine,” Alina murmured, “has been looking for you."
She advanced a step, a bag rustling at her side. Her mouth opened, but closed again. Wordless, she pulled the silk bag off her wrist and extended it to him, brow lifted in a silent command.
Amusement shuffled through him as Andrei accepted the bag. The moment he touched the fabric, emotions slipped into his mind.
“Viveet,” he whispered.
"The sword is of Andrei origin," Alina continued. "I don’t know the story of it, and I assume her father was the deliverer. Regardless, it was destroyed in battle three years ago. She wants it reforged, but hasn’t been able to find you. It is . . . of great value to her.”
Andrei barely registered the words. He didn’t know Viveet—not personally. But the Ensis magic of past swordmakers passed from witch to witch. Whoever wore the mantle would recognize an Andrei sword immediately.
The desperate gasps of magic coming from the bag had him too distracted. He strode across the room, tossed a reindeer hide over the top of his oak work table, and carefully emptied the bag on top.
Glittering pieces shifted out, tumbling over each other.
He braced one hand on the table and ran his other fingers over them. They sparkled beneath his touch, alternating silver and blue. The color leeched to gray when his fingers navigated off the pieces.
Images in his mind.
Memories, more than anything visible in his brain. Feelings. Swords didn’t form thoughts, but they did have attachments. They felt deeply. Deep enough that, after communicating with them, he felt drained. Tired by their bloodlust or loyalty or protective instinct or sheer hunger.
Andrei’s palm hovered over the largest piece. Dying flickers of light illuminated the hilt, as if Viveet were trying to reach out. An overwhelming ache rose from the depths of the metal, taking his breath away. Viveet was . . . lonely. Concerned. Anxious.
A mixture of all three that took his breath away.
“She misses Bianca,” he whispered.
VIVEET is the fifth novella in the Network Saga. Lovers of Bianca Monroe and her favorite sword will not want to miss this epic tale of powerful love, thwarted hope, and epic reconciliation.
For me this book filled in some of the the questions I had after reading ROTD. No spoiler alerts here. I also enjoyed reading from a different viewpoint other than Bianca’s, something I believe Katie does quite well in these novellas. All the wonderful things I love about reading and enjoy in a Katie Cross creation.
This story has so many emotions and I'm struggling with mine after finishing. It is a wonderful tale of a sword and a sword maker, lost love, lingering hurts, and even destinies to fulfill. This short story was amazing.
I love that Katie can take an inanimate object and bring it to life without it being silly or even far fetched. The sword does not get up and walk on its own power, but its communication skills are still amazing! I loved learning about Viveet and her origins, what a great story!
Just realised I didn't put my review up here, so I've copied it over from Goodreads.
** spoiler alert ** Viveet is a story that runs concurrently with Katie's recent novel Rise of the Demigods. In RotD, Bianca digs up the remains of Viveet to attempt to search for Andrei, a task she failed to do years prior. However, this novella takes place most from the pov of Alina, the Southern Network High Priestess, and Andrei, the famous swordsmith.
I pre-ordered this and paid for my copy, but was given access to read it a week early. Because I was given it early, I immediately put it on my Kindle and read through it, not wanting to stop for sleep until I knew everything that happened. I'm so glad I did though because it answered some of my questions I had, which I will leave below. If you've been following Bianca's story in Katie's Alkarra books, then be sure to give Viveet a read. It's definitely something that plays an important role in the overall story. Hopefully my other questions will be answered in The Swordmaker, a book about the legendary Andrei releasing some time in the future.
Also, Andrei is totally Katie, based on how Katie talks about her writing process and how the forging process works with Andrei. As soon as I finished reading I had to email Katie to ask if the character was an accidental self-insert.
Answered questions (I won't give the answers because they're all in the story):
Is Andrei one person or many?
Was the person who returned Viveet to Bianca Andrei?
Does Andrei still have magic, given that Andrei is known to be a legendary swordsmith from the Southern Network?
How does Alina know Andrei?
Will I continue enjoying these stories Katie is passing on to us?
Viveet is a story of the coming together of a shattered sword, and a story of the loves fueling Alina and Andrei’s lives. It’s another fine addition to living via Bianca’s world. According to Katie’s note at the end of the novella, I’m apparently making her very happy because I have at least one question after reading Viveet. Is there more than one Andrei in the series, one who made the original Viveet and one who subsequently repaired Viveet? Katie recommended I read the short story, “The True Tale of Viveet”, which I did (the story is part of the “Omnibus of Short Stories from the Network Series”). It’s another fine story, but I still question how many generations of Andreis there have been. Is “Andrei” someone’s name or more of a title for a special type of magical sword maker? Perhaps we’ll find out for sure in “The Swordmaker”, Book Two of the Historical Collection, to be published later this year. In the meantime, read everything in Katie’s fantasy series!