For my RL book club, someone has suggested we read The Jewel of St. Petersburg next month. After it was suggested, we realized that it's actually Book 3 of a trilogy, but it's supposed to be a Prequel.
So... typically I only read trilogies/series in order, but because this is a prequel maybe it won't matter if we read it first/on its own. People are kind of split as to whether to read The Jewel of St. Petersburg, as suggested, or read The Russian Concubine, which is the first book in the series.
What are your thoughts? Since it's a prequel, do you think the actual publishing order is a moot point? Or is it still important?
Has anyone read this book/series? Thoughts on the series itself?