Book: A Reaper of Stone (A Reaper of Stone 1) by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Release Date: September 18th 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
Thank you to Netgalley for this review copy in exchange for an honest review
A Reaper of Stone is a very interesting fantasy novella. It is a part of Echoes of Ascended, a collection of novella’s set in the same world but that follow different characters. That is a set up I always find fascinating because you do need a lot of skills to make that work to get the right balance in such a short space.
This novella is the first I have read in this world. Throughout the novella we get bits and pieces of world building and some of the worlds mythology is wrapped up in the plot. For me there was just enough world building but I would have liked to have seen more. At the start I was slightly confused by some of the terms that were being used. Like what is a reaper? But I can see a lot of potential to this world. We only got to see a very small portion, and there is clearly a lot that can be expanded upon.
As for the plot, that is rather fast paced which of course it has to be in a novella of around 90 pages. There is a nice balance between character interactions and action. The plot itself wasn’t very spectacular but it served its purpose to introduce us to this world and this character.
Elinor, our main character, is a strong female protagonist who has fought through the way nobility treat those that they deem below them. Though she has had to learn the hard way that you can’t change these ways by one fight. She relearns in this novella that it is still certainly worth the effort to fight against them when the cause is worth it. I liked Elinor. As this is a novella there is not enough room to truly deepen her out, but I feel there is enough present that you can form some connection with her.
I would have liked a slightly better connection between the prologue and the rest of the story. Now it feels a bit disjointed for my taste, because I needed a bit more a connection between Con and Elinor. To feel the bond that had formed between them over the years in between the prologue and the rest of the story.