ARC Review: Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelneau and Joe King

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Original Title: Faith and Moonlight

Year Published: 2015

Published by: Gelineau & King (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Number of Pages: 104

First Sentence: The smell of the fire still clung to the boy.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

Roan and Kay are orphans.

A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.

They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.

They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?

What won’t they do?

My thoughts:

Yet another fantastic story by Gelineau (my lord, I hate spelling that) and King. All their stories are focused around a group of orphans who all grew up in the same orphanage. This time, we get to follow Roan and Kay, two of the orphans who have showed a talent for tapping into the magic around them. They travel to the School of Faith, one of the schools created to help children like them to harness their powers.

Roan is the boy and the one who has the better grasp over his powers. He easily fits in at the school and loves his new life. As a character he is wonderful and very easy to care for. He cares so much for Kay, and would be willing to give up everything to ensure her happiness. He believes in himself without being arrogant which was absolutely lovely. He is the perfect hero.

Kay is a little different. She can’t tap into her supposed powers at all, something that both frustrates and angers her. In comparison to Roan, she is shy, insecure but just as loyal. Just like Roan she is likable, and it is very easy to understand why she makes some of the choices she makes.

The plot, as in all these novellas, is perfectly paced and manages to be both interesting and fulfilling. I think I read this novella in almost 30 min, not because it’s short, but because it was so entertaining. There are some subplots that work very well with the main plot, and without being confusing or feeling unnecessary.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

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