Joe King and Mark Gelineau – A Reaper of Stone
‘A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.
Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.’
I absolutely flew through this short story and loved it!
Elinor is a conflicted character. She follows the old ways whilst succumbing to the new. Her ideals are not matched with her role of Reaper – one who destroys the old to pave way for the new. Elinor’s internal struggle is central to the story and her personality is the real gem here; she is honourable and naïve; things that ensure you side with her.
The dialogue created by Gelineau and King is rich and meaningful, there is no unwanted chit-chat and this is crucial as the reader begins to understand the characters within such a small space of time. Each Act is action-driven and purposeful. A fight to the death is initiated and you are clear as to who you are rooting for; something I like when the number of pages is so limited.
There are creatures that terrify and those that inspire awe, and which present challenges and aid to our protagnist. There are many facets to this short story, all of which are designed to thrill.
Good and bad are cut and dry here and it is a real hero’s tale. I would definitely recommend this short story for those who want meaningful characters, strong action and a sense of purpose within the imagined world.
I will be reading the other novellas in this series and encourage you all to do the same 🙂