Faith and Moonlight
by Mark Gelineau, Joe King
Paperback: 90 pages
Publisher: Gelineau and King
Released: Dec. 15, 2015
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
Roan and Kay are orphans. A fire destroyed their home, but they have a chance at a new life at the School of Faith. The school trains Razors--warriors that can tap into the power of the First Ascended. They're given a month to tap into that power or they will be kicked out.
As Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test. They swore they would face everything together. When the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together? What won’t they do?
Faith and Moonlight is a young adult fantasy novella. It follows the common theme of teens going to a special school and trying to find their place in it, but it also hints at a lot going on that isn't fully evident yet.
The characters were interesting and complex. Kay might have a unique talent of her own, but it's not the talent needed to become a Razor. She wants to stay with Roan, but she wants to do what's right. She doesn't want him to be forced to chose between staying with her or becoming a Razor. This creates a relationship and moral tension throughout the story.
The Razor aspects of the fantasy world were developed nicely. I could always follow what was going on, and the world-building didn't slow down the action. My only complaint is that there's a scene missing between Kay's answer and the last scene. The whole story was leading up to it, so I found it mildly confusing for the scene to be skipped. I presume we'll be told precisely what happened in a future story, though.
There was a very minor amount of bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting, quick read to fans of young adult fantasy.
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