I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Release date: September 15th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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 a novella, made up of around 90 pages. It tells the story of Elinor, a Reaper (a special officer who reclaims land) in the king’s army. She had worked extremely hard to reach such an important position, but feels uneasy with what she has been tasked to do. Everything changes when she is sent to reclaim the land of Lady Kian Lliane, a noble woman murdered by bandits.
While short in length, not a single word is wasted. Gelineau and King have created a fully formed world which would give any full length piece a run for its money. Many of the short stories I have read in the past have been extensions of already established worlds and I think this is one of the reasons why I am so impressed with Aedaron. The use of description and careful word choice quickly enabled me to image the world and its inhabitants, plus understand social and political dynamics. I especially loved Elinor because who doesn’t love a kickass female protagonist?!
My only criticism was that it was over far too quickly. I wanted more and more! A Reaper of Stone is a nice start to a series of novellas. The followup, Broken Banners, is due for release on February 15th.