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review 2016-03-15 18:05
Skinshaper
Skinshaper (Rend the Dark Book 2) - Mark Gelineau,Joe King

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 read. The one thing I really, really liked is the references that I start to notice between the different series. I'm looking forward a lot to the next story (both in this series and the next Echo of the ascended which will be more of an urban fantasy).

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-02-27 00:00
Skinshaper
Skinshaper - Mark Gelineau,Joe King Skinshaper - Mark Gelineau,Joe King Ferran, Mireia and Riffolk have been drawn into the mountains by Mireia's dreams. But the trap and the risk is far greater than they can know. Soon they will face a Ruin beyond their darkest dreams. Can they defeat a monster the like of which has never been seen since the Ascended walked Aedaron?

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 myself less engaged by it, the characters not developed sufficiently to deliver the impact that the authors achieved in Rend the Dark and Broken Banners. It's not bad by any means (the detail on Talan, the Order's tattoos and the 'interesting development' are all intriguing), but it didn't live up to my high expectations. I think part of my problem was our new narrator, Riffolk, who I never warmed to. I'm hoping we may get to see future instalments through Ferran's eyes directly.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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