Title: A Reaper of Stone (Echoes of the Ascended, #1)
Release Date: 15th September 2015
“‘A Reaper of Stone’ is truly an inspiring story. There is tragedy, heartbreak, treachery but there is also bravery, hope and victory. A journey that’s worth reading!” – Maya, Goodreads.
“Gelineau and King have created an effective page-turner that espouses modern fantasy values reminiscent of a Anthony Ryan or Joe Abercrombie…” – Jason, Goodreads.
“‘A Reaper of Stone’ gives us a small, satisfying glimpse into an intriguing new world that I cannot wait to enter again.” – Emily, Goodreads.
ECHOES OF THE ASCENDED, #1: A REAPER OF STONE
A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.
Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.
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!
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!
ABOUT MARK GELINEAU AND JOE KING
The defining moments in Mark Gelineau’s early life really trace back to two events. One was the discovery of an old cardboard box that had belonged to his grandfather. Inside that box was a collection of comic books, resplendent in their four color glory. Even though he had never met his grandfather, finding that box passed on a love of thrilling stories and daring adventure from one generation to another.
The second event was when his mother took him a to showing of Star Wars. For the entire duration of the movie, Mark sat with his mouth open and his small hands gripping the armrests. The better to pretend to fly the spaceships you see.
Since those early days, Mark has loved the stories of the imagination, the stories that transport a person from the world they know into new realities, distant domains, and realms of wonder. Even more than the stories themselves though, Mark discovered the sheer joy of sharing those stories. Taking them out of the cardboard box and into the hands of friends and family. This drove Mark first to education, where he could talk about the amazing stories out there in the world, and then eventually to writing, where he could try and write some of those stories for himself.
Gelineau and King is the extension of that joy. A place where Mark and his partner, Joe King, can take the stories they create out of the box and put them out there in the world.
Joe King spent most of his childhood doing what he loved most – building things with his friends. He built friendships, stories, worlds, games, imagination, and everything in between.
After a brief career in software, for a while, he pretty much gave up on the idea of building anything. Five years later, the woman who would become his wife, rode in on a white horse and changed his life forever. Another five years, and two beautiful daughters later, Joe is building new unimaginable things.
Joe believes in the power of stories, dreams, family, friendship, and getting your ass kicked every once in a while.
More than anything, he wants to tell a good story, and, for him, Gelineau & King is the constant reminder that it’s never too late to start building the things you love.
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