by Mark Gelineau & Joe King
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Publish Date: 15th of December 2015
Title: Faith and Moonlight
Author: Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Publisher: Gelineau and King
Book: 4 of An Echo of the Ascended
Genre: YA, High Fantasy
Rating: 4 Voodoos
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?
This is the fourth novella I’ve read from this series. And I love this one too! What I love about this series so far, is that each book works independently but if, like me, you have had the chance to read all of them together, you will notice little things that link them.
The most noticeable of links is that Roan and Kay (from Faith and Moonlight), Elinor (from A Reaper of Stone), Ferran (from Rend the Dark) and Alys (from Best Left in the Shadows) were all living in an orphanage together until a fire destroyed it. These five friends were the only survivors and were rescued by Cadwell, Marieai’s father. Sadly, they were separated and ended up on different paths. Each book has focused on a different character and each is the beginning of a mini-series within the larger fantasy series. It’s quite a brave idea and it sounds really complicated but believe me, it’s genius and it works.
Faith and Moonlight is different to the other three novellas, because it is the beginning of a YA series. It’s lost some of the more gruesome and creepy aspects that the other three had, but has still got that magical element, and great character development, that I love. This story focuses on the friendship between Roan and Kay. Kay is kind and vulnerable, and Roan is brave and protective. Roan will not abandon Kay, no matter what. Together, they have made it to The School of Faith in the hopes that they will become Razors.
The School reminded me of Divergent (by Veronika Roth), in that it was made up of opposing groups, battling against each other to become the best, the chosen. I really wanted Roan and Kay to succeed. I could completely relate to Kay, her struggle reminded me of my time learning to Ski, and lets just say my success was much like Kay’s. I felt her frustration and determination. I felt for her so much. Roan was so lovely, I loved that he valued his friendship above anything else and I hope this never changes!
The only thing that confused me was whether Faith and Moonlight was set before the others or not. I gathered that, when we met Elinor, Ferran and Alys, they had all been through a lot since their time in the orphanage. But Roan and Kay seemed to have gone straight from the Orphanage to the School. It will be interesting to see how this is linked to the others.
Overall, I really enjoyed Faith and Moonlight, it was a great start to a new YA series and thanks to its short length, its more focused than many of the other YA fantasy series’ out there. I’m excited to see what happens next!