Thystle Moran might live by the sword, but she's no murderer, until a friend left her no choice.
Thystle doesn't talk about the life she ran away from at fifteen. The past was the past. Until a childhood friend suddenly appeared in town and tried to kill her. Now an imp offers to tell her why.
But she's learned to be wary of gifts from imps. They always come with price, and this one is steep. She must hunt down a man as a favor to the imp's employer. But though Thystle might be many things -- a sword for hire and a vampyre -- assassin isn't one of them.
And yet, how can she turn her back on her friend and never know what really happened?
Swords, magic, and vampyres collide in this novella that readers are calling a "must-read for dark fantasy fans" and "the best vampire story I've read in a long time".
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"If I were already a follower of the series I pretty sure this would've been a sweet focus on Thystle's character and a good setting for next adventures. Yes, I want to know who's Jonathan, where does Thystle come from and what's going to happen next to her! " -- Goodreads reviewer
"[A]n intriguing plot line and a likeable main character. Whilst it is a short story it doesn't necessarily feel like one [...]." -- Goodreads reviewer
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
Let me start off this book review by saying I received a free copy of The Taming by A.M. Rycroft in exchange for an honest review. The Taming is a quick read about a rather brash and imprudent vampyre named Thystle Moran. She has some emotional baggage that does not help her decision-making process. She runs up against a man who has it in for anyone and anything not human. I had fun reading this one! It was paced well. I think Rycroft did a great job of mixing in enough flashbacks to fill in backstory. The flashbacks felt like they were balanced well with the current events in the story and were limited to just enough to tell the bits needed without becoming an information dump. I have to say, I liked Thystle. She was a wonderful combination of seasoned sell-sword with brash, impulsive, almost teenager-like young woman. I have only two critiques. The first is that there were a few spots where the writing seemed like it could have been tightened a little more. Nothing outstanding, more just tweaking words and phrases here and there. Overall, this is pretty minor and likely a good portion just me and my preferences. The other is that the story seemed over almost too fast. I felt like it could have been drawn out a little more or something. Then again, I also have it on good authority that Rycroft has been looking at venturing back into this world for additional stories. If she does, it may well address this critique. Overall, I enjoyed The Taming and would recommend it for anyone who likes creepy, crawly, vampyre type stories that go bump in the night.
Thystle learns that the death of a friend may not be an accident but a set-up. She searches for the man responsible. The man who is looking for her to carry out his sentence of death of her. I like Thystle. She is a vampyre who lives among humans. She is strong. I like that she is able to be humble and care about others. I like the potential female/female romance that may be beginning here. I like that she is able to be assertive when dealing with others within her vampyre community as well as other immortals and humans. The secondary characters all have a connection to Thystle. I would like to know more of the back story of Thystle and them, especially Wiat, her Maker. He in angry with her and angered by her but in his way he has her back. I want to see where her relationship with Lilla goes. I also want to know what the Immortals want with Thystle. The world building is good. As we readers need the explanations we are given more details of this world. This world becomes more layered with more questions about the people in this realm. I hope more books will be coming that will answer my questions. The Taming is well done and quickly read. I will be reading more of A. M. Rycroft.