Title: Faith and Moonlight (Echoes of the Ascended, #4)
Release Date: 15th December 2015
“Faith and Moonlight is a story full of fantasy, magic and coming of age lessons.” – Betty, Goodreads.
“While dealing with some fairly heavy subjects, “Faith and Moonlight” is reminiscent of Terry Pratchett in that laced through the heavy atmosphere; array of emotion and implausible magic is hope. That spirit of what might be lightens the feel considerable making for a delightful story.” – Rabid Readers Reviews.
“This little nugget brings to mind classical fantasy with a new voice that readers will find fresh and inviting. My only regret in reading this book is that it was over way too soon!” – Rochelle, Cover2Cover.
ECHOES OF THE ASCENDED, #4: FAITH AND MOONLIGHT
Roan and Kay are orphans.
A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.
They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.
They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?
What won’t they do?
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!
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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