I loved the ending and the concept behind this novella. The worldbuilding was really, really interesting – the trappers, the islands, the birds, the technologically advanced visitors, it was all really interesting and worked well together. Felt like a cohesive world. I have some pretty firm suspicions about that technologically advanced race too; will be neat to see if they were right when some future cosmere series’ come out.
The plot and character work was pretty thin. Again, the ending works really well, as does the kind of message or drive behind the story, but I think I enjoyed reflecting on that more than I enjoyed reading the actual story.
I give it three magic birds, and a murderous island.