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Sunday 18 October 2015

✍ A Reaper of Stone [Elinor 1]: Echoes of the Ascended [1] - Mark Gelineau and Joe King

Genre: Fantasy
Published by Gelineau & King
Number of pages: 62
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ I really liked it  
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A Reaper of Stone
Review | About the author | Teaser | The Series |

"A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new."

"A Reaper of Stone" is the first novella in the An Echo Of The Ascended series by Mark Gelineau and Joe King, which will see the publication of a new title each month, featuring different protagonists, worlds and genres.

This first instalment, despite its conciseness, has the feel of a true epic fantasy.  Set in the realm of Aedaron, the third person narrative follows Elinor, the King's Reaper, and her latest assignment.  The tight yet evocative and very effective writing immediately transports us into her world, filled with terrifying ancient monsters, traditions, honour, treachery and magic.

Excellent delivery, great plot filled with action, strong emotions, realistic characters and a kick-ass heroine made this a very quick read that leaves you wanting more - much more.

A Reaper of Stone
is the first glimpse at Aedaron and Elinor, therefore do not expect to find all of the answers in this first tale.  The fact that this book is referred to as "Elinor 1" promises us that we will encounter her again, hopefully in the not so distant future when we will no doubt learn more about her and her companions.  I for one cannot wait.

About the Author

Mark Gelineau and Joe King have been writing and telling stories together for the last 25 years.

They share a love for the classic fantasy tales of their childhood.

Their Echoes of the Ascended series brings those old epic characters and worlds to new life.

Ever since the day he discovered his grandfather's stacks of pulps,comics, and sci-fi and fantasy novels, Mark was fascinated. When he saw his first movie, Star Wars, he was hooked.

Stories of adventure and far off worlds thrilled him then and inspire him now. It was this passion for imaginative storytelling that led him to writing and education. In addition to his own writing work, Mark has taught middle school English for the last thirteen years, and is excited to share his stories with his young son, Bryce.

Joe 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.

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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