Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (91 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
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?
How far would you go to make your dreams come true?
The descriptions of what the School of Faith looked like were well done. I was especially impressed with how clearly the narrator described the various exercises that the students at this school need to learn in order to sharpen their skills. These passages were so vivid that I could imagine exactly what those rooms and other areas looked like when the characters were practicing in them.
At times it was a little distracting to switch between Roan and Kay’s perspectives. I liked both of the main characters quite a bit, but it would have been easier to get to know them if the book had either been longer or if the storyline had only focused on one of them. While this is a minor criticism, there simply wasn’t quite enough room in the short story format to get to know these two protagonists as well as I would have preferred to.
One of the things I enjoy the most about Mr. Gelineau and Mr. King’s work is how much conflict they’re able to pack into a scene. They both are really good at knowing when and how to raise the stakes for their characters. I had a hard time taking breaks from this novella in large part because of how eager I was to know if Roan and Kay would figure out a way for both of them to remain at the School of Faith. There were so many reasons why their plans couldn’t possibly work that I had to see if they could actually reach their goal.
This tale is part of a series, but it can be read on its own or out of order.
I’d recommend Faith and Moonlight to anyone who enjoys old-fashioned duels as much as I do.