by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to preview this book! Publish Date: 18th of September 2015
Title: A Reaper of Stone Author: Mark Gelineau and Joe King Publisher: Gelineau and King Book: 1 of An Echo of the Ascended Genre: High Fantasy Found: Netgalley Rating: 4 Voodoos
I was thoroughly surprised by how well this was written and how much thought had gone into the world-building and character development. It had all the key elements of a high/epic fantasy novel and even though it was only 90 pages long it still managed to pack a punch!
A Reaper of Stone begins with the first time Conbert and Elinor met and sets the characters up wonderfully. Elinor is a young orphan and a fearless cadet, determined to prove herself in a world full of snobbish and brutish nobles. Conbert is an older, kind noble who is surprised by how headstrong Elinor is, and learns quickly, to never under-estimate her.
Elinor is a strong and easily likeable character. It didn’t take me long to realise that she will be a firm favourite of mine. I wished there had been a little more insight into the old beliefs and how they influenced characters, such as Tae but it’s hard to do that in a Novella. Although saying that, Mark Gelineau and Joe King did manage to create the most vivid depiction of the world within the same constraints, so perhaps it could have been done?
I can’t believe how excited I am about this promising new series! I wish this had been a full length novel because I want more! I want to know more about the Razors and how they do their magic, I want to know all about the nobles and how they have become so corrupt, I want to know all about Elinor and her time growing up in amongst those who despised her and I want to know more about the terrifying creatures that live below the ground. The Reaper of Stone was just the smallest glimpse at what’s to come and I’m desperate for another taste!
This series reminds me of some of my favourite fantasy series, Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician and Frank Herbert’s Dune Chronicles to name but two!