Title: Rend the Dark (Echoes of the Ascended, #2)
Release Date: 15th October 2015
“Atmospheric, fast-paced, engaging quick read, with a satisfying story and glimpses of Supernatural and King’s IT. This is definitely a series I can get hooked on and look forward to month after month.” – BooksChatter, Goodreads.
“‘Rend the Dark’ was a creepy, fast-paced demon hunt through the forgotten villages and ruins of Aedaron. I absolutely LOVED it!” – Stacey, TwinReads.
“Another action packed, heart wrenching, beautifully written novella from Gelineau and King.” – Beth, Goodreads.
ECHOES OF THE ASCENDED, #2: REND THE DARK
The great Ruins are gone. The titans. The behemoths. All banished to the Dark and nearly forgotten. But the cunning ones, the patient ones remain. They hide not in the cracks of the earth or in the shadows of the world. But inside us. Wearing our skin. Waiting. Watching.
Once haunted by visions of the world beyond, Ferran now wields that power to hunt the very monsters that he once feared. He is not alone. Others bear the same terrible burden. But Hunter or hunted, it makes no difference. Eventually, everything returns to the Dark.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Gelineau and King via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
‘Rend the Dark’ was a creepy, fast-paced demon hunt through the forgotten villages and ruins of Aedaron. I absolutely LOVED it!
This is the second novella in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series and follows Ferran’s story. Once again I was enchanted by the blurb and absolutely eager to read the novella. This is my second story by Mark Gelineau and Joe King and BOY am I glad that I picked it up! If you haven’t read the first novella in this series, I suggest you do! But ‘Rend the Dark’ could also be read as a standalone without having read ‘A Reaper of Stone’ though some characters from the latter are mentioned in the former.
Ferran’s story starts off with a BANG – and it quickly captivates me. The novella starts off by introducing us to a young orphan, Ferran, who has the ability to see monsters who have hidden amongst the everyday people by disguising themselves as humans. Ferran’s novella is the first novella in the ‘Ferran’ series and the second in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series. Ferran is linked to Elinor – who was the main protagonist in the first novella of the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series – through their mutual orphanage and their close friendship, along with the rest of the characters who will be the main protagonists in the rest of the novellas: Alys, Roan and Kay.
Mark Gelineau’s and Joe King’s beautiful storytelling and language is once again present in ‘Render the Dark’. For the second time, their prose and grammar is outstanding and I spotted no spelling mistakes or typing mistakes that would have taken from the powerful and awesome effect these two authors have.
Once again the authors chose to use a story structure that I so greatly admire about them: a prologue; four acts (aka chapters); and an epilogue.
This is a very short novella: only 55 pages long on my Kindle app but I found it totally satisfying to read. There was character development, dynamics and history; all which is needed to make a good novella.
Told in third person narrative, we follow Ferran’s point of view and Hileon Finchlas’ – a minor character. Their perspectives alternate every chapter so that we are kept on our toes and wondering.
For fans of high fantasy, Sarah J. Maas’ ‘Throne of Glass’ series and George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Dance of Dragons’ 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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