Reviews of The Dark Rider
"I read this book in one sitting. It was THAT good!" (Smashwords)
"My teenage daughter loved it." (Librarything)
"I wasn't sure where it was headed, but after a while you are totally consumed and don’t want to stop reading till you've finished!" (Goodreads)
"I felt like I was reading a wholly original and creative fantasy that was never predictable or boring," (Barnes & Noble)
19 year old Paul is the chosen one, destined to destroy the Dark and bring peace to all. Nicola is just an everyday 23 year old, holidaying in Cornwall but disillusioned with life. As the day of his judgement approaches the two meet, and Paul discovers just how wrong a prophecy can be.
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About the Author
I started writing 'The Dark Rider' when I was 14, the first scenes coming out in one go in the half light of a summer evening. However, it took another 24 years before I actually finished, so I am looking to make an improvement on that time-frame for the next book in the series!! I was born in Kent, England, in 1974, and have always been inspired and awed by the magic of being outside in nature at sunrise or sunset. It is time when anything seems possible, when the total domination of our modern world can be countered by light and shadow. For me, it is also when I have had my most magical experiences of nature, inspiring my writing and a lifelong interest and passion for landscape photography. Since leaving school I have had a meandering educational and career path taking in banking, environmental campaigning, professional commercial photography and teaching. However, my heart always brings me back to writing and I hope you enjoy the results. Keep up to date with The Dark Rider and more at www.facebook.com/FadingLightDarkRider
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did! For me good writing goes along way, and I was very impressed with Andrew Critchell’s style. This fantasy-adventure seems to be suitable for most ages. It takes a bit to get into the story, and at first I wasn’t sure where it was headed, but after a while you are totally consumed and don’t want to stop reading til you’ve finished! There were some editing and punctuation issues that I noticed, but they didn’t bother me too much. Hope there is more to this series, and if so I’d be happy to read it!
this book was fabulous, a real breath of fresh air! What lovely prose and vivid atmosphere Andrew Critchell weaved into this fun novel! After reading the book then re-reading the description I feel like the synopsis doesn’t do it justice. Not that it is bad, just that there is so much more to this book that you really have to read in order to experience. I felt like I was watching a movie, the writing is so descriptive. And I loved the ending!! I’m definitely interested in continuing with this series and see where the story goes. Lots more to discover!
for me “The Dark Rider…” was just okay. I liked the premise and thought it had a lot of potential, but something just failed to grab me the way I thought it should. (Note, my daughter read it right after me an LOVED it…so there you go.) Something that struck me was the overall tone of the book…it felt and sounder more mature that a normal young adult novel. I thought there was too much “telling” of events instead of “showing”, and was always kept at arm’s length from the action…like it was happening around me but not to me, if you know what I mean. Maybe it was because of the multiple pov’s and third-person omniscient narration, but I never quite knew what character I was “tuning into”, and that is something that is important for me to do. There were some proofing errors that I noticed, and even though the plot was interesting, I thought the pacing as a bit too uneven for my tastes. So much of this is probably just my personal preferences, as it was a decent story and as I mentioned my teenaged daughter loved it. It just wasn’t my cuppa.
The Dark Rider is the first book I have read by Andrew Critchell, but I assure you it will not be the last! From the descriptive opening pages, I was drawn into this exciting tale, and I admit I liked it more and more as the story unfolded and the plot began to reveal itself. I was thoroughly engaged from the opening pages and my interest never wavered until the closing lines. What I liked most about this book was that the story was constantly moving forward, never dwelling on something too long or rehashing backstory (a common mistake authors make, I have found). Instead we are swept up in this fantastical adventure and carried along for a magnificent ride. This is a very strong start for what promises to be a delightfully entertaining series!