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Broken Banners (A Reaper of Stone, #2) ❮Download❯ ➹ Broken Banners (A Reaper of Stone, #2) Author Mark Gelineau – Slaughtered and left for crows, soldiers of the King s Army lay dead in a field A grim reminder the king s law ends at the gates of the capital Elinor fought for what she believed and now she is an ou Slaughtered and left for crows, soldiers of the King s Army lay dead in a field A grim reminder the king s law ends at the gates of the capital Elinor fought for what she believed and now she is an outcast No soldier will follow her No officer will stand with her Yet when she finds her brothers and sisters slaughtered, she cannot turn her back on them Long ago, they swore an oath Not to the king, but to each other And woe to those who break that bond.

10 thoughts on “Broken Banners (A Reaper of Stone, #2)

  1. Norah Una Sumner Norah Una Sumner says:

    3.5 starsI didn t like this one as much as the first one but it was enjoyable nevertheless I love Elinor and Aldis seems like a great addition to the story I m also glad we got to see Con again, he s a really great character The story was okay and I love how, even though they made some mistakes in the past, they are still willing to risk their lives for their friends I m not going to say because this is a very short novella and I don t want to spoil anything I am looking forward to the third book.

  2. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Broken Banners continues the story of Elinor, King s Reaper, and her loyal friend and royal engineer Conbert which began in A Reaper of Stone But before they make their appearance, a new character but an old friend of theirs makes a rather dramatic introduction Aldis finding himself in a very precarious situation his plan of drugging a rival reaper and then besting him in a duel to obtain a lucrative reaping contract going awry, as his competition lies dead at his feet The mysterious circumstances of the death leading to Aldis winding up before a Warden, where he expects jail time and the lose of all he was worked, schemed, and cajoled for Then a new lease on life is extended to him if he is willing to trade what little honor he has left to obtain it.Flash forward in time Elinor and Conbert remain in the wilds Their current mission sending them to Heights Ward Keep, not to reap the magical edifice but to transfer all their engineers to the Aldis Ninety Fifth Pioneers.The friends realize what this means they are out of favor Probably due to the events which transpired at Timberline Elinor s idealistic and righteous actions leading to bad blood between her and the royals who rule the kingdom And while she attempts to put an optimistic spin on their circumstances, Con will have none of it, seeing an ever worsening of their fortunes Little do they know they are both correct.Almost immediately, Elinor and Con ride into a scene of horror Dozens of men and women of the Ninety Fifth cut down and left to rot in the forests just beyond Height s Ward Keep All signs pointing to someone or something riding them down as they were attempting to flee The who and why not clear The fact that Aldis and over half his company are not accounted for among the bodies demanding that Elinor look for survivors, braving an unknown danger which she and her company are not prepared for The story which spirals out from this beginning is filled with classic Gelineau and King tension, mystery, daring do, and subtle world building At its heart, though, Broken Banners is really a tale about friendship, redemption, and becoming the person you could have been.Whenever I sample another Echo of the Ascended story, what always amazes me is how well developed and distinctively real the world feels The fact the authors are able to accomplish so much world building in such concise novellas is a true testament to their storytelling skill And with Broken Banners, this is front and center, as they add new nuances to this amazing place.The other highlight here are the characters themselves just as it should be Elinor has already become a favorite of mine, but she grows even so her desire to make the world a better place no matter the personal cost a wonderful break from the grimdark heroes of most modern fantasy Meanwhile, Conbert definitely proves he has the Samwise steadiness to compliment Elinor s rashness, and the addition of the complex, conflicted Aldis only adds to the fantastic mix of this growing group.I really can t hide the fact that I love Gelineau and King s Echo of the Ascended series Every novella of each series I have read has been an entertaining and uniquely emotional experience, one which brought to mind the great, classic fantasy of other authors You might have even read some of these serious yet fun stories Books penned by fantasy greats such as David Eddings, Raymond E Feist, Robert Jordan and recently Michael Sullivan And if you enjoy that type of epic adventure, then you really should pick this and the other Gelineau and King stories up today.I received this novella for free from the authors and Netgalley in return for a honest and unbiased review The opinion you have read is mine alone and was not influenced by anyone else.

  3. Cora Tea Party Princess Cora Tea Party Princess says:

    5 Words Perfect length for a cuppa.This was a fantastic continuation to this series of novellas.Again, this packs a punch and was hard to put down I really enjoy reading about Elinor and Con but especially Elinor and I liked the added narrative Aldis and the different perspective.I will absolutely be reading on in this series and reading by these authors I was the provided with a copy for review via Net Galley.

  4. Terence Terence says:

    Aldis, a friend from Elinor s time in the academy, has gotten himself and the men he leads into trouble Many of them lay dead in the field and others are locked in cages Elinor cannot stand to see the King s soldiers and her brethren in such a state.Broken Banners is similar to A Reaper of Stone as it centers around the greed of nobility and sees Elinor and her forces up against much stronger forces Elinor is still determined to set things right even when it isn t easy While I enjoyed Broken Banners the novella format of the series is getting frustrating This is the second story featuring Elinor and yet it hasn t even hit the 200 page mark More questions have arisen yet a date for an answer isn t in sight Even when it is, will the follow up be another 70 80 page novella It s hard to be patient for books as they come out slowly at times.Broken Banners was a solid addition to the Echoes of Ascended series I hope the next stories are either longer or come out much closer together In the meantime I ll be waiting to see how Elinor s story continues.

  5. Mitticus Mitticus says:

    Digital ARC courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 2.75 Maybe because is a novella I feel the lack of some deep thoughts from the main character Elinor , however, the change of 3 different POV could be part of the reason Aldis is asigned to a task Elinor make it happen The open end Well , in fact is a tbc.Aldis is a douchebag , coward, and selfish.Elinor gives strangely some Joan de Arc vibes bad feelings in there Empowered by strange powers, naive, and reticent to let go of her dreams I like Con.No different of other hundreds of fantasy books It didn t get to cultivate enough curiosity from me to continue pursuing the rest of the novellas.All the covers are beautiful.

  6. Joe King Joe King says:

    Hey all We re back and we re excited to talk about our latest novella as well as share some amazing concept art from it Broken Banners is book 2 of the series A Reaper of Stone It continues Elinor s journey, as she and Con reunite with an old friend But like all friends who ve been apart, there s still much there that was once treasured, and much that s changed In the first story, we had Elinor remembering the person she once was Broken Banners gets the story moving faster, jumping us into the action as she faces new dangers and new enemies, and pushing things further after her encounter in book 1 The series A Reaper of Stone is an epic tale about a young hero on a grand quest There are great myths and legends, fantastic monsters, old magic, ancient wonders, magically gifted duelists, and dark secrets that begin emerging from the shadows But at its heart, it s a personal story about friendship, love, and loss A story about three friends who once believed in each other above all else.The complete story is told through a series of novellas Think of it like your favorite episode based TV show Each novella can stand on its own, but when read together, it tells the fuller story.A Reaper of Stone is one of the four series in Echoes of the Ascended.Echoes of the Ascended is a series of series It follows the lives of five orphans Each series features different characters Each is a different kind of tale Read one, two, three, or all the series to customize your own unique, personal experience into the grander story of Aedaron.Be sure to check out information about all the other series, us, and our mailing list at our webpage www.gelineauandking.comThis is the first of our books 2 for all the series in Echoes of the Ascended, and we ll be releasing a new book 2 every month before heading onto books 3 Thank you to everyone who s still on this journey with us We wouldn t have made it this far without you Mark Joe

  7. Madi ~☆TheBookNerdDiaries☆~ Madi ~☆TheBookNerdDiaries☆~ says:

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and this has in no way affected my review DNF at 20% or somewhere around there The novella is only 75% of my copy and the rest is previews I m so behind on reviewing so I thought I d pick up the shortest one on my list and start from there A majority of what I read was basically a war story and I m not a huge fan of those Like the last one, I skimmed, looking for something to keep me going but I just couldn t.I think I keep requesting these because they are short and sound somewhat interesting but every time I m disappointed or DNF it I think I ve learned my lesson on these Maybe if one that sounds super interesting comes along, I might request it but I think I m going to stay away from these from now on.Blog Facebook Instagram Twitter

  8. proxyfish proxyfish says:

    Reviewed on my blog Books by Proxy 4 Stars This book was received from Netgalley in return for an honest reviewMark Gelineau and Joe King continue on their quest to bring bitesize fantasy to the masses with the fifth novella in their Echoes of the Ascended series Broken Banners, which continues the story of Elinor following the events in A Reaper of Stone, is an engaging and beautifully written fantasy epic which captures the spirit of its predecessor whilst introducing new characters and themes to this increasingly diverse series.Gelineau and King have proven themselves to be masters of deception as the captivating world of Aedaron is once again brought to life in surprisingly short format This is a world which becomes ever substantial with each addition and which consistently leaves you hanging on for And with this latest novella, these authors look set to start a tradition of successful and thoroughly engaging successors to their varied sub series of novellas Saved from prison by the machinations of powerful men, Lieutenant Aldis Janen, Reaper of the King and leader of the company of the Ninety Fifth, must make his way to Cragswatch March on a mission of importance a mission which could mean elevation in the ranks for Aldis and glory for the men and women of the Ninety Fifth.But when Elinor, Conbert, and their contingent of Engineers attempt to assist Aldis in the Reaping at Height s Ward Keep, they soon realise all is not as it should be Half the Ninety Fifth lie dead, and the other half are missing of Aldis no sign remains.Finding themselves embroiled in a war of succession, Elinor and Con must fight their way to the usurper and his pack of turncoat Razors but can they rescue Aldis and the remainder of the Ninety Fifth before it s too late In this battle of wills and arms, a Reaper s work is never simple From the outset it is clear that this will be a story of both discovery and adventure, a story where Elinor and Aldis, past friends and compatriots, will be reacquainted as the battle lines are drawn However, Con s obvious dislike of the Lieutenant shows that his reputation as a rogue and troublemaker extend far beyond his current situation and into the mystery of their combined past a mystery which runs a line of intrigue throughout the novella Often finding himself in situations unbefitting of his station, and from which he often must beg, bribe or cheat his way out, Aldis Janen brings both drama and humorous relief to the narrative, giving this second Elinor novella a distinctive modern fantasy flavour.Broken Banners continues in the same vein as A Reaper of Stone with Elinor s passages marked by their beautiful and atmospheric descriptions, a quality that lends itself to the vivid depiction of a darkly alluring fantasy world which resonates with the tradition that so clearly marks this series In addition to this, Broken Banners builds on the success of its predecessor by splitting its perspective between Elinor s observations and Con s practical realism, along with the introduction of Aldis roguish verve and humour a tactic which adds a refreshing tone to an already impressive sub series.Janen is a reactionary character who inspires love, loathing and despair in equal measure to those who cross his path and who, despite good intentions, manages to break Elinor s calm serenity on than one occasion Elinor, whilst accepting of Aldis, is able to show her strength of personality by insisting that he face the consequences of his actions with the firm resolve which she consistently displays throughout the narrative An excellent addition to this small cast of characters, Aldis Janen gives Elinor s Echoes a certain flair and sense of unpredictability which consistently builds tension and excitement and which looks set to continue in the Elinor novellas to come.From an amusing introduction, to a dramatic core, Broken Banners is a thoroughly exciting novella from start to finish The narrative and its alternating perspectives give a wide view of Aedaron from a varied, if small, cast of characters With a touch of conspiracy and a good dose of humour, this second Elinor novella showcases the varied skillset of these talented authors and left me in no doubt of the quality of this beautiful, if dangerous, fantasy series With delicious hints of strange powers, a narrative which is at all times beautiful and compelling, and fantastic battles which are than worthy of a mention, Broken Banners is a wonderful addition to this addictive fantasy series Fans of the Echoes of the Ascended will not be disappointed by this latest Elinor novella and, for those who have yet to discover the writing of Gelineau and King, surely you can spare an hour to become submerged in this dark, dangerous and beautifully imagined world.

  9. Stacey Kym Stacey Kym says:

    ARC kindly provided by Gelineau and King via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Review Broken Banners caught me up immediately It starts months after the end of A Reaper of Stone It is the second novella in the A Reaper of Stone series and the fifth in the Echoes of the Ascended A Reaper of Stone series follows the adventures of Elinor, a soldier in the King s army The Echoes of the Ascended series is the banner series that takes place in the world of Aedaron It encompasses the following series A Reaper of Stone , Rend the Dark , Best Left in the Shadows and Faith and Moonlight They follow Elinor, Ferran, Alys, Roan and Kay, respectively.The novella is told in third person narration by three main characters Aldis, Elinor and Conbert Aldis is an old friend of Elinor, from her youth at the Academy a school for fighters who has always been kind to her when others rejected her for her orphanhood Conbert is her other friend from school days, but one who has stood beside her through their lives in the Academy and later as part of the King s Army Many diverse characters were in this novella all were dynamic and unique Great character development occurred despite the short length of the novella and I found all heroines completely realistic and loveable They weren t too perfect or stilted, instead each had vitality and depth to them that made reading about them an absolute pleasure Villains were also portrayed cleverly and in great detail by the authors They made great enemies ones a reader can easily dislike It added to the story and made it that much exciting.The setting was breathtaking, too The authors wrote with such vivid imagery that I would often get so caught up that tearing my eyes away from the page was like torture I would FEEL like I was right there I could hear, see, touch and smell EVERYTHING that Aldis, Elinor and Conbert experieced The world these authors created is unbelievably tangible.There was also great chemistry between Elinor and Aldis Unspoken truth about feelings hung in the air between them and created an irresistible tension that enhanced the potency of the story Conbert s affections for Elinor also proved dramatic I sensed a love triangle between the three but, shockingly, I enjoyed reading about it rather than dislike it as I so often do I ll have to see what develops between the three in later novellas.Please, do not let the length of this novella put you off It is too good to be ignored and if you re a reluctant reader of just plain reluctant, don t be This novella is like a short epic, full of hope and victory where none can be found To simply put it It is a MASTERPIECE Beautiful writing and prose once again I really couldn t expect less from the wonderful authors duo, Joe King and Mark Gelineau It was atmospheric and captivating Emotionally charged, there was no way that I could put it down Congratulations to Joe King and Mark Gelineau on the successful publication of their fifth novella I m on the edge of my seat for Rating Plan1 star Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad Idea of the book was against my liking.2 star Didn t like it, didn t find it interesting or gripping Seemed to drag on to me.3 star An average book Wasn t bad or good Everything else was well done Original idea.4 star Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.5 star I LOVED IT I stayed up late until 3 am Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR

  10. Magda Żmijan Magda Żmijan says:

    Theis review is for both stories of the Reaper of Stone cycle.These two stories I m about to present you were my first meeting with authors Mark Gelineau and Joe King and oh, how good a meeting it was They are creating a fantastic world closed in seemingly too little pages It s fascinating how much goodness can be presented in such short stories.A Reaper of StoneThe first story of the series and the first one that shows us Elinor with all her might She s a fascinating character Strong minded, loyal and good with her sword The first time we meet her she does the impossible kills two of the creatures everyone s so afraid of What s the better way to present a heroine, right From that point on the story only gets better Elinor will have some hard decisions to make Some of them will change her life Some will almost kill her Broken BannersAfter what happened in Timberline, Elinor and Con find themselves without a team They wonder through the kingdom until they find their slaughtered brothers and sisters What else could they do, but to find out what happened and avenge them This time, we re introduced to a new character Aldis A former friend of Elinor from the academy days He s supposed to be leading the 95th regiment to deal with yet another keep that s supposed to be destroyed It so happened the keep was taken by a new ruler a bandit leader and his hoard Elinor seems to be unstoppable when it goes to bringing justice and saving people No matter the consequences she s willing to do the right thing Even if the situation seems hopeless But is it really Her reputation surely is on her side And the people she s with won t leave her either Both of the stories have a proper amount of world building that will help you understand how it all works, why everything is happening and what would happen otherwise I m really surprised how great job was done here to keep a balance between the action and the world building And let s not forget about the characters Each of them has their place and meaning Obviously, Elinor is the most important person in both stories, but we haveAnd let s not forget about the characters Each of them has their place and meaning Obviously, Elinor is the most important person in both stories, but we have a chance to observe the world from other points of view too It might be bothersome to some, but I think it was a good solution to reveal some parts of the story and to show how others see Elinor Oh, and you know what No romance It s extremely refreshing to find a story where main characters can be just friends I wish I could already read the next installment of these stories There s a hint at the end of what might come Can t wait I received a copy of both books from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Find of my reviews at

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