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Thursday 22 October 2015

✍ Rend The Dark [Ferran 1]: Echoes of the Ascended [2] - Mark Gelineau and Joe King

Genre: Fantasy
Published by Gelineau & King
Number of pages: 78
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ I really liked it  
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Rend The Dark
Review | About the author | Teaser | The Series |

"The great Ruins are gone. The titans. The behemoths. All banished to the Dark and nearly forgotten. But the cunning ones, the patient ones remain. They hide not in the cracks of the earth or in the shadows of the world. But inside us. Wearing our skin. Waiting. Watching.

Once haunted by visions of the world beyond, Ferran now wields that power to hunt the very monsters that he once feared. He is not alone. Others bear the same terrible burden. But Hunter or hunted, it makes no difference. Eventually, everything returns to the Dark."

"Rend The Dark" is the second novella in the An Echo Of The Ascended series by Mark Gelineau and Joe King.

On this occasion, the third person narrative introduces us to Ferran, and we immediately get a reminder of how Ferran is linked to Elinor, the heroine of the first instalment, A Reaper of Stone: they are both in the same orphanage as children. This means that we are visiting the realm of Aedaron.

Whereas Elinor, one of the King's Reapers, introduced us to ancient magic and terrifying monsters in the vein of the worms in Tremors, Ferran shows us a different aspect of Aedaron and draws us into a much darker world of ancient entities and sinister supernatural forces.

The human aspect is very strong, as is the sombre medieval feel, but with a light at the end of the tunnel as people pull together to defeat unseen forces. Once again we encounter a strong female figure in Mireia, Ferran's side-kick.

Atmospheric, fast-paced, engaging quick read, with a satisfying story and glimpses of Supernatural and King's IT. This is definitely a series I can get hooked on and look forward to month after month.

Note: this book also contains a preview of the next tale in the series: Best Left In The Shadows [Alys 1].

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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