I don't think it's ever taken me this long to read a novella. I had a really hard time getting into this. It was definitely my least favorite of the novellas tied to this series.
I wasn't overly interested in the wizard or his story after reading the first book. The other novellas added something to the series at large. They were interesting and helped explain backstories of several important characters. That's not to say the wizard isn't and won't continue to be important in the actual books, his backstory just wasn't all that compelling.
The only reason I didn't give this fewer stars is because of the way we get to see the wizard grow and change in this novella. It was nice to see. I also liked the character Iris and found her to be entertaining. But that doesn't change the fact that overall this novella was an unnecessary one.