Tuesday, 29 December 2015

A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

Title: A Reaper of Stone
Series: An Echo of the Ascended (#1)
Author: Mark Gelineau & Joe King
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 18th September 2015
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Elinor has always felt the need to prove herself as just as good as those of Noble blood, but now she is a Reaper for the King she just gets on with her job, without the bribing and underhandedness of other Reapers. When she arrives at her latest assignment she discovers that the Lord trying to take over is in fact responsible for the death of the previous Lady. Deciding between what she should do and what she believes causes Elinor to do some serious thinking...

What drew me to A Reaper of Stone, and in fact the An Echo of the Ascended series was the concept. I haven't come across many fantasy novellas that aren't part of a larger series and as a quick in between read I thought they could work. After reading the first one (this book) I was surprised at just how well the authors had managed to pull it off.

A Reaper of Stone manages to have the quick snap of a novella, with a fast moving plot line, at the same time as managing to successfully create a fantasy world. The world building was strong, but there is clearly still more to learn about it. I liked this and thought it really had the feel of a series.

Naturally this being a shorter book there is slightly less character development, but I still felt that it was sufficient for the length of the book. I also felt that there was enough of a back story for Elinor, and for the other seemingly important character, Con, in the book for it to be interesting going forward.

I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. It was interesting and engaging.