Perfection. As always.The thing about Melina Marchetta is that her stories unfold like a blossoming flower: Layer by layer, until what you have in the end is a beautiful bloom that you want more of. Gah!Now I need a whole book about Celina May of the Lumateran Flatlands or just, you know, Quintana of Charyn. Gimmeh! I am in a perpetual state of longing for this woman's words. Putty in her hands folks! If she writes it,I'm reading it. Get on it!Ferragost is a short-story and stand-alone in the Lumatere Chronicles. It features Lady Celie of the Flatlands, and the events happening in the story are taking place at the same time as those in the third book in the trilogy,Quintana of Charyn, which is due out in Australia on September 25th 2012, and March 2013 in the US.Finally accepting an invitation from the royal family of Belegonia and their request for her company, Celie finds herself awaiting their arrival on Ferragost Island--their journey from the capital to the coastal island delayed by bad weather. However, no sooner than the five days since Celie and her small number of Belegonian court companions arrive, Borealis Luby, a Belegonian Lord, ends up dead. What appeared to be a suicide or accident quickly begins to appear more sinister to Celie, and she immediately tries to work with the Castellan, Banyon, to investigate the presumable foul play. From the beginning the tension is building between Banyon and Celie. He's suspicious of her presence in the land and believes she's a Lumateran spy and possible Luby's murderer, while she's not sure what to make of him, especially because of the peculiar event she witness upon her first glimpse of him. Their interaction and banter with each other is fun to watch as the plot unfolds. In the end, they both seemed to have made a lasting impression with each other and come to terms with their own versions of varying truths surrounding Luby's death; meanwhile, other unveiling leave readers and characters alike, surprised and wondering if everything is not quite what it seems at first glance. Marchetta created a haunting setting, and adequately balances between the grim and mysterious with an air of romance with Ferragost.What she is able to do in this six chapter short, is the same thing she's able to accomplish with her full-length novels: fashion an intricate and intriguing plot complete with interesting and complex characters who are multidimensional, and dare you to not take notice of them...DARE you not to fall in love with them. There is the signature Marchetta layer building of story present, and an open ended-ness that leaves readers wanting to know more about the other stories that could be told and/or explored, all while simultaneously concluding this particular juncture with brilliant words. Her prose, as always, is laced with powerful revelations in the way in which they are delivered, illuminating readers to the nature and emotions of the characters and the nuances of their actions.I would definitely like to know more about Celia, Banyon, and Argus Laraunt. REALLY! I hope they all appear in Quintana...or you know, another novella in the future. Go and enjoy for yourself! I did!