An unimaginable evil, bound by the gods to the sword Aeryn needs to repay a blood debt to her father.
"There's adventure, magic, and an ancient evil baddie. What more could you ask for?" -- Shane, Sciencefantasyhub
"This reads like a tribute and an homage to old-fashioned sword and sorcery stories." -- Joe Crowe, RevolutionSF
Aeryn Ravane chose the gray path of a sell-sword over that of a hero like her father. When he died, though, she chose to fulfill her debt to him by finishing his last quest. She never suspected his search for the sword bound by a curse would open a dark portal and tie the fate of an innocent to her own.
The waifish girl stalking her looks harmless, but when Aeryn confronts her, Theo spins a series of tales faster than a bard, leaving Aeryn suspicious about her motives. She reluctantly lets the girl tag along. But when they're attacked by the ancient evil bound to the sword, it's clear they won't survive unless they help each other.
Now Aeryn must make a choice -- try to save Cathell from what she unleashed or walk away and save herself and the girl.
The adventure of Michael J. Sullivan, Robin Hobb, and M.L. Spencer in this epic tale by award-winning author A.M. Rycroft.
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GOODREADS REVIEW EXCERPTS:
"I enjoyed Rycroft's storytelling. [...] Her character building is above par, creating an emotional ride through this dark tale. It is inventive in its characters and the compilation of adventurers that team up together, a twisted version of heroes from the likes of Tolkien and Terry Brooks." -- full review available on Goodreads
"A great start to an intriguing world, AM Rycroft creates a world fantasy and dark magic that's easy to follow with a set of strong female characters who are relatable and real." -- full review available on Goodreads
Works in the Cathell Series
Prequel: The Fall of Tynan Selvantyr
Book 1: Into the Darkness / Into the Darkness: Special Edition
Book 2: The Taming
Book 3: The Joy Thief
Book 4: Shadowboxer (The Gathering Dark, Pt. 1)
About the Author
A.M. Rycroft is the award-winning author of two dark fantasy series and several horror short stories. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and so she naturally bleeds black and gold whenever she gets a paper cut. Hobbies include watching the Penguins and the Steelers (or the Bruins and the Packers, if the first two aren't available), ignoring her email inbox (especially those from her editor about revisions to approve), and collecting superhero bobbleheads.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book! It's a fast-paced, full-bodied read from new author AM Rycroft. I finished it front to back in just a couple days. I totally recommend it for any fantasy fan or anyone looking for an immersive story with characters you want to follow forever. Can't wait for the next one!