Review: Skinshaper

by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish Date: 15th of March 2016

Title: Skinshaper
Author: Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Publisher: Gelineau and King
Book: #6 of An Echo of the Ascended, #2 of Rend the Dark
Genre: High Fantasy
Found: Netgalley
Rating: 5 Voodoos

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Barricades broken.

A mining town empty.

One survivor swings in a cage, waiting to die.

Ferran’s tattoos burn as horrors near. They should run. They should seek help. But to save a few, they must journey deeper into the heart of the nightmare to face an ancient foe.

- Amazon

I couldn’t have asked for a better continuation from my favourite book so far in the series, An Echo of the Ascended. For those of you who don’t know, An Echo of the Ascended is broken down into four mini series’. Each mini series follows a different character but they are all set in the same fantasy realm so they come together under one larger series title. My favourite book so far has to be, Rend the Dark. I loved its dark and mysterious storyline and the balanced combination of characters. If you would like to read my review of Rend the Dark you can find it HERE.

Skinshaper is the perfect blend of fantasy, horror and gore! We continue to follow Ferran, Mireia and Riffolk as they travel across Aedaron to hunt out evil Ruins (ancient monsters) that are terrorising the Marches (or Counties). Riffolk is filled with self-doubt. He doesn’t believe he is brave enough to accompany Ferran and Mireia on their quest. He fears the monsters he’s encountered so far and with every vision Mireia has, he fears more and more what is in store for them next! Before he is able to think about leaving, the three come across an abandoned mining community. But all is not what it seems. Soon they find themselves travelling deep underground in search of the missing miners and the secrets that are held within the shadows of the deepest parts of the mine.

Much of the story is told from Riffolk’s point of view and it allowed us to feel his fear and apprehension, much as we did with Hil in Rend the Dark. I enjoyed getting to know him more and watching him grow in confidence. Mireia is still really mysterious, we never get to see through her eyes which really intensifies her peculiarities but we do learn a lot about the link between her and Ferran in this novella. We get to understand why they are so close and why they are such an amazing team. And don’t worry as well as all the character development we have one heck of a storyline! Be prepared for stomach churning monsters and pulse racing situations, which will have you wide-eyed and unable to put this book down till you’ve read the very last page.

It baffles me how Mark Gelineau and Joe King managed to fit so much into such a short novella but wow, do they do it well! I am totally in love with this series, it has fast become one of my favourites and I count down the days till I can get my hands on the next one! The only thing that makes me sad is that I will have to wait 4 months to get my hands on the next book about Ferran and Mireia. :( Skinshaper is the best book so far in my opinion!

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best in the series so far


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