Review: Rend The Dark by Joe King

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Publisher: King

Publishing Date: October 2015

ISBN:9781944015022

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.2/5

Publishers Description: 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.

Review: This review includes the next novella in the series, Skinshaper, as both novellas follow the same storyline and are short as heck.  I am not a big fan of novellas due to obvious shortcomings in storyline development. Although truncated, these novellas deliver a good punch. I liked that the movement was constant and the characters grew in parallel. The world building is a bit limited but other novellas promise a slow reveal in that department. The “Ruins” lack a bit of descriptive detail so you have to stretch your own imagination in order to visualize. A good time coupled with a short read kind of makes me want more, but that’s the whole point???

 

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