Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Roan and Kay are orphans that are lucky to be alive after a fire destroyed their orphanage. The two find themselves with a chance to enter the School of Faith, but they are much older than the normal applicants. They are given one month to prove they belong. They desperately hope to stay and to stay together.
Faith and Moonlight is one of the short stories that makeup the Echoes of the Ascended series. The series is made up entirely of novellas and short stories. This is my first experience with this world and I learned halfway through that I'm starting in the middle. That didn't seem to matter overall, although I imagine there are certain aspects of the world I'd understand more if I started at the beginning. I plan to do just that when I have a chance.
Roan and Kay attempting to enter the School of the Faith is loaded with familiar storylines. An amazing school only for the worthy and an unexpected chance are the few I can mention without spoiling anything. The characters are interesting. Roan is incredibly strong individual and absolutely devoted to Kay. Kay on the other hand was raised an orphan likely from birth so hope is a four letter word to her that was dangerous to speak or think about. Her doubt seems to be eating her alive from the inside.
Faith and Moonlight was a good short story with rich world building. There is a lot to like in the story so I will absolutely be sure to read more stories in the Echoes of the Ascended series.
3.5 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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