*Novella Review* Rend the Dark by Gelineau and King
‘The great Ruins are gone. The titans. The behemoths. All banished to the Dark and nearly forgotten. But the cunning ones, the patient ones remain. They hide not in the cracks of the earth or in the shadows of the world. But inside us. Wearing our skin. Waiting. Watching.
Once haunted by visions of the world beyond, Ferran now wields that power to hunt the very monsters that he once feared. He is not alone. Others bear the same terrible burden. But Hunter or hunted, it makes no difference. Eventually, everything returns to the Dark.’
‘Dark’ is the operative word here because with comes in tons!
I’ve previously reviewed some of Gelineau and King’s works and they are fantasy-lite. Not in a bad way (they were very good stories) but a way that a novella should be, short, interesting, and leave you wanting more.
Rend the Dark had all of these, but also something more; horror.
That’s right, there is some scary scenes in this story and the creatures are actually damn frightening! There is no levity to be had throughout and it left me with a sinking feeling. And you know what? I actually really enjoyed it!
Character-wise, it’s quite good, although the creatures take more of a front seat, leaving the human characters less evolved. Having said that, Ferran is bad ass! He’s one of those characters that is skilled, strong, but not invulnerable. And he has a face tattoo, I mean, what’s not to like?!
Gelineau and King do it again. Great stuff!