“Presented as a combination horror/fantasy story, debut novel Into The Darkness by A.M. Rycroft delivers the fantasy goods.
The novel is quick paced and a quick read, following young Aeyrn Ravane on her self-imposed quest to discover the secrets of the Black Caverns, a legendary abode of a long ago adventurer. Along the way she gathers companions, including a magic-using shade of the adventurer himself, a very young want to be thief, and a vampyre, as well as the prerequisite enemies who want to do away with her. And her world, of course. Although she has doubts and her own dark secrets, she’s the one who can save them all.
Rycroft has built a world populated with twists on standard fantasy fare. Her characters, while young, have enough flaws to be believable. There is sympathy for them and their struggles—even if their struggles are against a power-mad demon god. She created backstories and myths for this place called Cathell, paying homage to the genre along the way. […]”
Thanks to Ms. Peters for a well-written and honest review of my book. I’m glad you liked it.