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Rend the Dark

(Rend the Dark #1)

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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 tha
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 15th 2015 by Gelineau and King
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Bookwraiths
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Rend the Dark is the type of genre blender story which I adore. Specifically this novella takes horror and fantasy themes, mixes them all together and concocts a powerful brew which is insightful, suspenseful, and meaningful. All the while, Mr. Gelineau and Mr. King also find time to give enough nods to world building and characterization to make this far from a one-and-done story, but rather serve as a true launching pad for a brand new series, one which deman
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Norah Una Sumner
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I feel like me giving Gelineau and King’s novellas 5 stars is not even a surprise anymore. I am addicted. Addicted. I suspect you guys are some sort of sorcerers because there is no other explanation for how you manage to make such amazing stories. There’s action, humor, awesome supernatural creatures, friendship…and even a plot twist. How on Earth do you guys manage to include every single one of these aspects into such a short story? I loved the characters & I loved the setting, of course.
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Terence
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freebies, 5-stars
Once the world was filled with horrible monsters called Ruins. The massive Ruins were sent back to the Dark from whence they came, but the clever and patient ones remain. The remaining hide in plain sight and are a blight on those who do not believe the old stories. Fortunately the world still has acolytes of the Order of Talan watching over it.

Rend the Dark was the first story I heard about in the Echoes of the Ascended series and the one I was most excited about. I don't like to watch monster
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Daniel
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, dark, brutal. With a dash of hope at the end.

Još jedna odlična kratka knjižica smeštena u svet "Echoes of the Ascended". Pratimo skroz nove likove od kojih je smao jedan marginalno povezan sa glavnim likom iz "A Reaper of Stone". Ljudi su pet odlično prikazani, izgledaju realno i ponašaju se onako kako bi se očekivalo što je uvek veliki plus. Sama priča je interesantna i opet imamo fin razvj mitologije bez prevelike ekspozicije.

U svakom slučaju preporuka.

P.S. Iako bih ovo stavio u dark fa
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Dark, monsters, friendship, destruction, salvation.

This was considerably darker than the other books (so far) in the Ascended series, and while I did enjoy it a bit, I didn't enjoy it as much as Elinor's story.

If anything, this darker installment is quite gripping and incredibly fast paced, and I felt it lent quite heavily towards horror, which is not a genre I seek out but do enjoy from time to time.

I do love the world that the two authors have created. It is rich, dark and smoky, with
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Mark Gelineau
Feb 01, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi everybody. Joe and I have a new novella to bring to you. This is book #1 of the Rend the Dark series.

Rend the Dark is our fast, fun action-horror adventure. It’s a monster story. A team story.

There’s a lot of Joe and me in these pages. I love the horror elements: the atmosphere, the shocks, the creepy stuff that keeps you awake at night. And Joe has always been more into the human elements: what happens to people in these situations, the importance of a team to face terrors that are greater t
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proxyfish
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, dark, novella
Reviewed on my blog - Books by Proxy

4 Stars

My first venture into the world of Aedaron, and the work of Mark Gelineau and Joe King, was with A Reaper of Stone – a surprising and imaginative novella with all the flavour of a high fantasy epic in well under a hundred a pages. Leaving me with a distinct and favourable impression, I couldn’t wait to sample the next self-contained novella in the series and see if this duo could pull off another winning read.

And I needn’t have even questioned it! Rend
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L.K. Evans
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great short read.

Basically this follows Ferran as he and his partner, Mireia, track down a big bad. It’s a monster hunt.

While not much of the world is explored, I still found this story rich and full. We learn that there’s a bad place out there that the Order of Talan protects the world against. Ferran and Mireia are part of that Order, and they team up with a Warden and magistrate to eliminate a nasty thing from a village.

This was incredibly short, around 100 pages, so I don’t have tons
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Bookschatter
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: java, reviewed
Rend the Dark [Ferran 1] is the second novella in the 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 mo
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Robin
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Rend the Dark starts off with a slightly strange prologue—and then launches into a rich, well-done tale of fantasy and horror. The magic is unique, the evil the characters face is unusual (at least in my reading experience!), and the world-building is tidily woven into the meat of the story. The characters are diverse, cleverly sculpted, and appealing in their flaws. The pace is easily intense enough to keep the reader eagerly turning the pages. Gelineau and King have produced a first-class stor ...more
Puddlyduck
'Rend the Dark' began with a glimpse into the main character's past. I loved how the voice of 'the boy' was very distinct. Even the first simile was characterised by the boy's personal experience.
Personal aside: All too often, you come across phrases such as 'it hissed like an enraged rattlesnake'. Now while being effective, I find that the simile is far more powerful when it is framed by the protagonist's experience. It really makes their point of view feel more genuine.

In my opinion this nove
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Koeur
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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Publisher: King

Publishing Date: October 2015

ISBN:9781944015022

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.2/5

Publishers Description: 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 t
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Debbie
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, suspense
"Rend the Dark" is a high-suspense fantasy novella with a dark, monster theme and heroic characters. The suspense was built through ever-increasing danger and the character's reactions to facing the horror of the Ruins (demons, monsters). The world-building was worked naturally into the story so the reader understands what's going on without slowing down the action or breaking the tension.

The characters were developed enough that we can understand why each reacted to the situation the way they d
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Ashley
"The opposite of fear is not courage. We tell ourselves this, but it is a falsehood. Courage is merely a means to an end. No, the real opposite of fear is power."

Thank you, NetGalley for supplying me with this ARC! Really enjoyed this one!

These Novellas are something else! My God! Okay, so, I don't have any major complaints about this one, either. I enjoyed the movement of the plot! Everything seemed to make complete sense to the all the character's building, but also stayed true to the over
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Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

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My review can also be found on our blog Paein and Ms4Tune

This book was amazing! I think I actually enjoyed this one more than A Reaper of Stone. How Mark Gelineau and Joe King have managed to fit so much into such a short book is beyond me! It was powerful and creepy and had me completely hooked!

Rend the Dark is the second novella in the series An Echo of the Ascended. This series follows di
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Laura Greenwood
http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

Previous reviews in the series: A Reaper of Stone

Title: Rend the Dark
Series: An Echo of the Ascended (#2)
Authors: Mark Gelineau & Joe King
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 15th October 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Ferran was once an orphan that no one believed when he said he could see the darkness at the hearts of me
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Kerr
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to the author for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish date: 15th October 2015


Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

I really enjoyed this introduction too. Though it's set in the same world as Elinor's A Reaper of Stone and Ferran even went to the same orphanage as Elinor - his part of the world seems a lot darker. While Elinor is all about believing in the old ways and holding up honour, Ferran is fighting off the horrid monster
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Leah (White Sky Project)
The story is essentially about the battle against dark forces. At the heart of it is Ferran, an orphan (like Elinor from A Reaper of Stone!) who grew up with the gift – or curse – of being able to see demons or monsters hiding in plain sight. His visions scared him when he was a child but when he joined the Order of Talan he turned that fear into power to fight and kill these demons. In the book, Ferran travels to Greenhope with Mireia, another member of the Order, to meet with Aker, warden of t ...more
Colleen ~ The Clever Girl from Gallifrey
I have never been a huge fan of short stories (aside from King and Chekhov) so I was not sure what I would think of this going in, but for the most part I really enjoyed it. I felt the book had the right mix of fantasy and horror elements that would satisfy a number of different readers. One thing I really enjoyed was how the horror moments were not blatant and in your face. They come on subtly and transition into full-blown horror, and then afterwards that aspect of horror always lingers in the ...more
Marjolein
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com

This novella is part of The Echo of the Ascended a series with a concept that I'm really liking so far. Basically it is four different series, but they are all set in the same universe, I believe. There is a new novella every month. Rend the dark is the second one, after A Reaper of Stone.

Ferran is an orphan, who can feel/see the Ruins, monsters who once roamed the world, but are now mostly extinct. However, they may be hiding
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Wayne McCoy
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Rend the Dark' by Mark Gelineau and Joe King is a good beginning to an interesting story. You can read this 78 page novella and call it good or you can continue on.

In a prologue we meet a young boy named Ferran having a vision of his future, which will be fighting monsters. And how he will be linked to his future partner, Elinor. Then we skip to a village best by something strange. Ferran and Elinor have been summoned and they meet a young man named Riffolk and his friend Hil, and Warden Aker.
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Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
This is my second read from Gelineau & King and really I do enjoy them. This story for me was one I liked, but one I wouldn't overall rock back on my heels over. I found myself teetering on how to rate it because I really do enjoy them, but this one for me was just "ok."

The story itself is eerie which I love, mixed with the fantastical element to it, right up my alley! But for me this one seemed exceptionally short, just as I was getting hooked into the story it abruptly came to a close. A R
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Tracey the Lizard Queen
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my favourite out of all the Echoes' series. I love the darker stuff and this is no different.

Ferran, another orphan from the fabled orphanage-that-burned-down, was born with a rather nifty gift. Over the years the Ruins have been stealthfully returning, taking over the bodies of unsuspecting villagers and hiding in plain site. Ferran can see them, a rare blessing that gets him a place in the Order of Talan, an order dedicated to defending ordinary lives from the Ruin's threat.

The more
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Geneva Handleman
Wow. This is an awesomely dark and scary world these writers have created. I love their use of runes and tattoos. Children with Sight and adults who no longer believe. It's a world I will enjoy visiting, for certain, but I can't really say I would want to live there, any more than I would really want to live on a Hellmouth no matter how much fun Buffy and the gang seem to be having! Not that this book is anything remotely like that. No, this is awesome darkness. More along the lines of Lovecraft ...more
Debbie
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rend the Dark by Mark Gelineau and Joe King is the third novella in the An Echo of the Ascended series that I have read.

Each of these novellas can either be read as part of the whole or as a stand alone read. And has a completely different feel from the other two. But just as enthralling.

I received this copy of Rend the Dark by Mark Gelineau and Joe King from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Beth Covey
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin? Another action packed, heart wrenching, beautifully written novella from Gelineau and King. The characters are all so engaging and the world that is created is fascinating. Every time I finish one, I eagerly wait for the next. If you are a fan of fantasy fiction, you must read this series!
Rickus Bookshelf
Really enjoyed this novella. Full review over here: https://rickusbookshelf.wordpress.com...
Jeffrey Blehar
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had never read anything by either author previous to this novella. I plan on remedying that soon. "Rend the Dark" is a short, quick-paced fantasy/horror hybrid. Most fantasy series turn me off with way too much exposition early in the book. I get bored before I bond with any of the characters. This does not do that in any shape. There is very little in the way of expository banality. The authors, instead choose to let their world-building out in little dribbles. This allows for the reader to b ...more
Trish
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a short but not sweet novella. It is filled with horror and the monsters your dreams are made of. This book is action packed and fast paced. The characters are fantastic. I love the way they interact and show their emotions. The author did a great job at portraying that in the book. Also the plot twists in this book were unexpected and that's a making of a fabulous book. This is the second book written by Mark Gelineau and Joe King that I have read. The first one was A Reaper of Sto ...more
Trish
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a short but not sweet novella. It is filled with horror and the monsters your dreams are made of. This book is action packed and fast paced. The characters are fantastic. I love the way they interact and show their emotions. The author did a great job at portraying that in the book. Also the plot twists in this book were unexpected and that's a making of a fabulous book. This is the second book written by Mark Gelineau and Joe King that I have read. The first one was A Reaper of Sto ...more
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