My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Gelineau and King via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
‘Faith and Moonlight’ is the FOURTH novella in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series and the FIRST in the ‘Roan and Kay’ series. I would strongly suggest reading all previous novellas in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series before this one as they interweave with each other in the fantastical world of Aedaron. Each novella has a different style/genre to it that make them all unique and STANDALONES but the firsts in their respective main character’s series. If you’re getting confused, then just check out Mark Gelineau’s and Joe King’s author pages and then their series.
I have to say I was looking forward to this novella as it seemed to incorporate many of my favourite styles and genres. In addition, the cover is probably Gelineau’s and King’s BEST so far and it is absolutely GORGEOUS! I also felt a strange kinship and deep bond to the main characters, Roan and Kay, BEFORE even picking up the novel because of their strong relationship.
This novella also takes around five years PRIOR to the first three novellas in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series were the first three all happened in a close timeline to each other.
I got quite the surprise when I opened the novel: KAY IS A GIRL! Before, I assumed that both characters were twin boys, but now the girl on the cover makes sense! And then I realised that Kay and Roan weren’t TWINS AT ALL! They were just close friends! I could already sense a romantic relationship happening in the future! There prospect of two childhood friends finding love has always appealed to me; it seems that the authors have gripped me in their imaginary claws once again!
Even though this novella is written by two authors, I felt no sense of dual authorship that sometimes makes itself known in writing and would distract the reader and thus irritate them. I was once again quite impressed at the quality of Gelineau’s and King’s storytelling!
The novella was written in third person and had dual perspectives: Roan’s and Kay’s. There were no grammatical errors or spelling and typing mistakes that I’ve found which was AWESOME!
Once again Gelineau and King wow with their beautiful storytelling, prose and writing! I am IN LOVE with their series! Congratulations to Mark Gelineau and Joe King! I can’t wait for more of your writing!
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!