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Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Release date: December 15th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Roan and Kay are orphans.
A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.
They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.
They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?
What won’t they do?
What can I say? I have loved every book so far in the Echoes of the Ascended series by Mark Gelineau and Joe King. I cannot stop gushing about how fantastic each story is. Faith and Moonlight is less than 100 pages but the authors have done a wonderful job at continuing to build the world of Aedaron and provide the reader with further information about people or places mentioned in the other stories.
This book tells the story of Roan and Kay, two orphans who have been given an opportunity to join the Razor school of Faith in the capital. In the previous books, Razors (magical warriors) were always portrayed as being evil, but here the reader gets another perceptive. Razors receive their power from a connection to the ancient warriors of Aedaron and must make this connection or “pierce the veil” to be trained at the school. The two protagonists must do this in one month or lose out at the chance to change their lives.
As with their other short stories, Faith and Moonlight explores complex human relationships and emotions: loyalty, rejection, jealously, etc. I really felt for both of the characters, which is quite a feat as the author’s have only a limited amount of pages to connect the reader to the characters. I can totally identify with Kay’s wanting to succeed and belong somewhere without hurting those around you.
If you haven’t already, please pick up one of the books from the Echoes of the Ascended series. I thoroughly enjoyed Faith and Moonlight and look forward to reading more about Roan and Kay.