Intended as a prequel set before the events of the first book in the series, Darkness Watching, I decided to read this one first. However, even though it doesn't spoil the first book, in hindsight I'd recommend reading the first book before this one, since everything will make more sense that way.
It was kind of a short novella focussing on Claudia, the year before the real story starts. Basically it bottles down to her experiencing a lot of the same things as Ash in the first book.
I think it was a nice addition to the series for those who like to know a bit more about the background of some of the characters. Not having read, at that point, anything else from the series I felt a bit lost at times, but it didn't bother me that much. The story was interesting enough and I was looking forward to reading the rest of the series (which I'm reading as we speak).
Fears Touch is the prequel novella to the Darkworld Series, the first book is Darkness Watching.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review