This short was included in the Shards & Ashes anthology. Branded was by far the best short in the anthology, as was to be expected. The story is well written and engrossing as I've come to expect from Armstrong. The world could easily be made into another series. Rayne is a great character and I love how we are not fully in on her plans. You get constant little inklings here or there that could go either way, but all along you know Rayne is being deceitful-we just don't know to what degree. Overall I really enjoyed the world created and Rayne as a character. I would love to know what happened after the short ended.