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(Rend the Dark #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Barricades broken.

A mining town empty.

One survivor swings in a cage, waiting to die.

Ferran’s tattoos burn as horrors near. They should run. They should seek help. But to save a few, they must journey deeper into the heart of the nightmare to face an ancient foe.
Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Gelineau & King
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Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Skinshaper is a stellar continuation of the story begun in Rend the Dark ; Episode II (if you will) gifting readers with yet another horror-infused fantasy, which delivers more than enough action, world lore, and characterization to fully entertain a newcomer to this series or a faithful follower.

The opening here is pure gold. The viewpoint that of a woman suspended in a cage high above an abandoned mine and its attending small settlement. All her attention on
Norah Una Sumner
"Barricades broken.

A mining town empty.

One survivor swings in a cage, waiting to die.

Ferran’s tattoos burn as horrors near. They should run. They should seek help. But to save a few, they must journey deeper into the heart of the nightmare to face an ancient foe."

I loved "Rend the Dark". I loved "Skinshaper" even more. Mireia is amazing. I pronounce her my official girl crush for the month of March.


The story is as scary and awesome as ever. I really enjoyed reading about the trio's adventure
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent little horror story with a character driven plot. Short and visceral, griping from the beginning to the end.

The only real negative is the length. It's way to short. You start reading, get in the groove and then it's already over. With a mild cliffhanger.

Still eagerly waiting for more.

PS. And an excellent first chapter. Sets the mood marvelously.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mireia has been waking up in the middle of the night screaming, Ferran's tattoos burn, and Riffolk wonders why he ever followed along. The trio have entered a deserted mining town and sense a horrid Ruin is near. When they find a survivor hanging from a cage, they vow to enter the mine to rid the world of the horror.

Skinshaper felt more frightening than Rend the Dark, but somewhat less enjoyable. Perhaps it's my own fault as Rend the Dark has been my favorite novella of the Echoes of the Ascende
Mark Gelineau
Feb 22, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Howdy everybody,

Joe and I are back with book 2 of Rend the Dark, Skinshaper.

Skinshaper continues the story of Ferran and his team as they continue their hunt for ancient and hidden demons across the world of Aedaron. Like the first novella, we try and capture that same mix of dark, creeping horror with bursts of tense action. There are new faces and we go deeper into the stories of the cast of the first book.

The series follows Ferran, a young man who was haunted by visions of demons as a child
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They have done it yet again! Mark and Joe are a powerhouse who deliver a bonafide masterpiece every single time. Skinshaper is horror at its finest!

We get to continue the story of Ferran, Mereia and Riffolk - the same trio of characters that we first learned about in the first segment of Rend the Dark. Last time, we journeyed with this trio as they battled a dangerous creature, but this time? The terrors hidden in the dark are much more dangerous and terrifying than they could have ever imagine
Tracey the Lizard Queen
*Received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book 2 in the Rend the Dark series kicks off several months after the events of book 1. We find Ferran, Mireia and Riffolk on the trail of something dark and evil. Heading ever deeper into the snow covered mountains in order to destroy whatever is causing Mireia's disturbing visions.

*Mild spoilers for Book 1*

Riffolk is by far my favourite character from this 'mini series', (view spoiler)
Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
Holy Jesus that was amazing!!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!


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

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I couldn’t have asked for a better continuation from my favourite book so far in the series, An Echo of the Ascended. For those of you who don’t know, An Echo of the Ascended is broken down into four mini series’. Each mini series follows a d
Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I did not read the previous novella and I'm sorry I missed it. Although this is a serial and the story is brief, it is action packed and worth the read. In this novella were following Mireia, Riffolk and Ferran." These acolytes had faced nightmares in Groveland Down without faltering or wavering in the slightest." They have survived Groveland Down and are now following Mireia and her visions in to a place where horrid madness dwells. They are searching for this place with foreboding lingering in ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ferran, Mireia and Riffolk have been drawn into the mountains by Mireia's dreams. But the trap and the risk is far greater than they can know. Soon they will face a Ruin beyond their darkest dreams. Can they defeat a monster the like of which has never been seen since the Ascended walked Aedaron?

I raced into Skinshaper because I enjoyed Rend the Dark so much. Sadly, I didn't feel the sequel was as good. It's a serviceable episode with an interesting development at the very end - but I found mys
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I think I might have mentioned before that I'm enjoying this monthly series that consists of four series set in the same universe but which feature different genres and people.

Skinshaper is the second book after Rend the Dark and it continues to be a great story. Ferran and co encounter an abandoned mine and village, completely empty save for one survive hanging in a cage.

This series is by far the darkest of the four, but very nice to r
Review to come!
Stacey Kym
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC kindly provided by Gelineau and King via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Yet another intriguing novella by Mark Gelineau and Joe King that left me breathless. I was extremely excited for ‘Skinshaper’ – the continuation of 'Rend the Dark' – and I can't say that I was disappointed. Like every novella in the 'Echoes of the Ascended' and the 'Rend the Dark' series, this one captured me instantly with the beautiful and enchanting – yet horrifying – prologue. It drew me i

"But it is one thing to think yourself a coward and another thing entirely to be proven one."

I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Thank you, NetGalley!!

3.5 Stars

This novella I enjoyed, but significantly less than the others, I found. I don't think there was enough action for me in this one, which is a shame! The characters offer great plots and great storylines and developments, but this Novella felt, sort of, like a filler. It was just a transition story into the next one.
'Skinshaper' is the sequel novella to 'Rend the Dark' - a horror/fantasy tale of the brave individuals fighting against the terrors hidden in the darkness. I was extremely impressed with the pacing of the original. The authors balanced character development, world building and action with almost expert precision.

In this sequel however, I found there was a lack of character development. Although arguably there is a huge change for one particular character, for me this didn't so much progress the
Marisa (Mirroredpages)
This was definitely the darkest of the novellas but it was the most engaging of the ones I have read. I tore through this so quickly and was constantly intrigued and horrified by what happened. It should definitely not be read late at night, a mistake I now know of, but a very quick read. The lack of world building was excused this time by much more in depth look at characters and a compelling plot line.
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Dark, monsters, loyalty, courage, friendship.

The Rend the Dark books are perhaps the darkest of all of the books set within the Echoes of the Ascended universe.

I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley, Gelineau and King, Mark Gelineau and Joe King for an advanced copy of Skinshaper for an honest review.

Ferran, Mireia, and Riffolk continue in Skinshaper, the second book in the Rend the Dark series. Drawn by Mireia's nightmares, the trio head even deeper into the snow covered mountains. Ferran's tattoos burning they come to a seemingly abandoned mining town. Finding a survivor hanging in a cage waiting to die they head into the mines to battle what awaits them. A
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish Date: 15th of March 2016

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

I have to say that this series is my 3rd favourite of the 4 - or so I've worked out so far. (I'm yet to read book 2 of the next two series). But having said that, I still found it enjoyable - if horrifying! Though I've given this book the same Voodoo rating as the first, I enjoyed this one less.
Leah (White Sky Project)
Great follow-up to Rend the Dark

I thought this was a pretty good follow-up to Rend the Dark. Skinshaper picks up a couple of months after the events in Rend the Dark. Ferran, Mireia and Riffolk have been traveling to find and destroy the Ruins or creatures of the dark. Mireia can sense the evil and her visions lead them to a mining town that is seemingly empty save for a woman in a cage. They find out that the town was attacked by hideous creatures that are now hiding in the mine. They enter the
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
This review is based on an ARC I received from NetGalley. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

“She shut her eyes as they dragged the screaming man back into the mine. Then all was silent. The woman didn’t cry. She just sat still and waited for her turn to die.”

In the second novella of the “Rend the Dark” series, which is part of the “Echoes of the Ascended” series, Riffolk, Ferran and Mireia travel deeper into the northern wilderness in se
It's about time I wrote this review. I've been putting it off for too long now and these authors don't deserve that kind of treatment. True, these stories weren't my favorite, but they still fit fantastically to the whole world and are definitely worth reading if you want to see the whole picture.

I received copies of these stories from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


The second part of these stories moves on with the trio's adventure. This time they'll ha
Wayne McCoy
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Skinshaper' by Mark Gelineau and Joe King is book 2 in the Rend the Dark novella series. It's the 5th book I've read in this world and they are building an interesting world, but not one I'd necessarily want to live in.

In this one, Ferran and Mireia and their young protege Riffolk find themselves on a rescue mission. There is something happening in a nearby mine. Something horrid dwells beneath and it must be stopped. The problem is stopping it may cost more than they can willingly pay. Before
Another very good short dark story

Another very good short dark short story. There is no running around the bushes in the scenarios, but the story fell a little too short, specifically both witch hunters are lacking a little bit more of development, hopefully it will be done in the next book since this one leaves an interesting hookup for book 3
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review of it. The opinions stated are solely my own.

Even though this story is short it grabs you by the throat and leaves you begging for more when you finish. Skinshaper picks up where the first book left off and it only gets better. Riffolk is accompanying Ferran and Mireia still as they hunt for more of the Dark ones to destroy. Mireia is having visions of something and they are heading toward it. What they find is more than
E Vikander
Skinshaper is the second novella in a series where witch hunters of the Order of Talan destroy ancient monsters that threaten the populace. In this story, the monsters are miners. The surprise twist in the tale, which I will not reveal, was unexpected and one of the best parts of this story. However, because I found the monster in the prologue to be silly, and the novella so short, I couldn’t get myself to feel the shivery horror that the monstrosities in the story should invoke and that the aut ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Skinshaper (Rend the Dark book 2) by Mark Gelineau and Joe King is the second book in the series by can be read as a stand alone. These books are each such wonders in that they are filled with vast amount of fantasy and action in only about 120 pages! The reader feels very satisfied once finished reading it as if reading a 500 page book! In this book, the trio come across an invested mine of pure evil, an ancient evil that takes humans and turns them into other things, horrible things. The first ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I tend to enter a great deal of them, trying to get new books for my classroom library. This one seemed to fit the genre that a few of my students enjoy, so I decided to give it a shot.

It probably would have helped me to have read the first book in this series, but overall I was able to fill in the missing information so that the plotline made sense. The descriptions were really clear, but (perhaps due to missing out on book 1) I just didn't connect.
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story takes place a while after Rend the Dark and is mostly from the perspective of the young man who joined the two witch hunters. He is struggling with his conviction and fear. The life is hard and frightening, especially when they find a settlement that has been attacked by a particular horror. In fighting it all three have to face and make life-changing choices. This series in this world is pretty dark, and this story is dark as well, though it is not tragic.

I received a copy for review
It is really hard to leave a good review for these novella's without giving everything away!

The characters are well rounded, the plot twists are wild, the monsters
are grotesque. Everything they produce is beautifully written,
formulated to draw you in and keep you coming back while keeping the
story short enough to read in one setting. I would definitely recommend
reading the first novella in the series before this one, otherwise some of
the details you read about won't be as meaningful.

See thi
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