A Reaper of Stone
by Mark Gelineau, Joe King
Paperback: 90 pages
Publisher: Gelineau and King
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description, My Take:
Elinor grew up hoping to live the tales of old, but the reality of serving the king is far different from what she expected. The nobles are corrupt and willing to kill anyone who gets in their way.
As a King’s Reaper, Elinor--and the engineers with her--pull down the unneeded stone keeps in the Marches. An old noble line has died, so Elinor will also perform a ceremony to transfer her current assignment to a new noble. Only, the old line might not be gone...
She faces a hard choice: to stand for justice against the odds even though she believes it will do no lasting good or survive by playing by the rules of the world she lives in.
A Reaper of Stone is a heroic fantasy novella. It reminded me of the wonderful heroic fantasy I read as a kid, not the dark, depressing stuff that is so common these days.
The characters were interesting, heroic, and played well off each other. The fantasy world was developed nicely for the length of the story and gave an idea of the depth there is to this world. I could always follow what was going on, but the world-building didn't slow down the action. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading future stories by these authors.
There was a fair amount of bad language (cursing words). There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this fun, quick read to fans of heroic fantasy.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.