Review: A Reaper of Stone (Echoes of the Ascended, #1) by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

A Reaper of Stone (An Echo of the Ascended, #1)A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Gelineau and King via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


‘A Reaper of Stone’ was a classic fantasy epic with fantastic creatures, old gods, and magically empowered warriors. Right from the start the ‘A Reaper of Stone’ enchanted and piqued me. I absolutely LOVE high fantasy such as this; trust me when I say that Mark Gelineau and Joe King delivered.
I thought it AMAZING that the authors could fit so much into such as short novella. It was told INCREDIBLY! It was more a story told by storytellers than a novella written by authors. Every word, sentence and paragraph the authors wrote, I could imagine it: I could taste it; hear it; smell it; feel it; touch it; see it. There was a thorough character development, and character personality was established very quickly. I could easily get a sense of relationships, dynamics and emotions belonging to Conbert and Elinor, the two main characters.
The story itself was also beautiful. It was enchanting, captivating and poignant. We follow Elinor’s first story as she fights her personal battle between loyalty to the king or justice for the people. We learn of her world as new and old collide and her history comes back to haunt her. I believe this story does not deserve to be a novella but could have been a lot more if only the authors would let it. Don’t get me wrong: the novella was EXCELLENT, but I also believe it could have made a great novel on its own!
What I found absolutely fascinating was that the novella was written with a prologue and then followed by Acts 1 – 6 and concluded with an epilogue. This reminded me greatly of Shakespearean works as I believe that Shakespeare himself followed a similar play/story structure. I must commend the authors on their BRILLIANT idea and work!
The novella itself was told – fortunately – in third person with Conbert’s point of view telling the prologue and Elinor’s the middle chapters – or acts as the authors chose to call them – and epilogue.
There was the utterly BEAUTIFUL language which the authors used to create – no, WEAVE – a land of mystery and fantasy, of kings and his people, of loyalty and treachery and of new worlds and the old. Prose and the grammar was just awesome! I could not have expected less from the reviews and rating of this novella!
For fans of high fantasy, Sarah J. Maas’ ‘Throne of Glass’ series and David Eddings’ ‘The Belgariad’ series.
Congratulations to Mark Gelineau and Joe King! I can’t wait for more of your stories!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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