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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[he finds himself regretti ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Thank you, NetGalley!!
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. ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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. ...more
I received a copy for review ...more
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 ...more
Ever since the day he discovered his grandfather's stacks of pulps,comics, and sci-fi and fantasy novels, Mark was fascinated. When he saw his first movie, Star Wars, he was hooked. Stories of adventure and far off worlds thrilled him then and inspire him now. It was this passion for imaginative storytelling that led him to writing and education. In addition to his own writing work, Mark has taug ...more