I'm confused.

Rend the Dark (Echoes of the Ascended: Ferran) (Volume 1) - Mark Gelineau, Joe King

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very disappointing read for me. At 78 pages long there simply wasn't enough time to build up any excitement, do any world building, or even explain what was going on. I know they were fighting evil creatures, possibly demons? I'm not sure why they were attacking people. There was some magic involved, I think, at least there was mention of runes that blocked the demons(?) from being detected and possibly a lantern that glowed for some reason. I think the glowing was important. There was also mentions of chanting, but like the lantern I'm not sure what that actually did. After finishing this book I immediately headed to Goodreads to see if maybe I had accidentally picked up the second/third book in the series. I hadn't. This is the first novella in this series, but it would seem that the authors wrote multiple series in the same world. The problem is, if you are going to do this you actually have to take the time to set up your world in each series, see Tamora Pierce as an example. She wrote multiple series, all following different characters inhabiting the same world and for the most part you can pick up any of those series and follow along without reading the preceding series. The authors of this series failed to do this and because of that, I couldn't figure out what was going on or even why. I found since I had no idea why anything was actually happening, I really didn't care what happened to our protagonists. Despite what turned out to be a huge disappointment for me, I will give the authors credit for creating an interesting demon/monster/spider.