A.M. Rycroft | Into the Darkness (Mighty Quill Books)

Rycroft spins a very colorful and descriptive world in which the story takes place.

Into the Darkness, the debut novel from A.M. Rycroft, is the story of a sell-sword Aeryn as she goes on a sword and sorcery adventure to honor her late father. Her quest turns into something much more as she unwittingly awakens a long lost ancient evil and it is up to her to stop this evil before it plunges the world into total darkness and chaos. Rycroft spins a very colorful and descriptive world in which the story takes place. Aeryn is joined on her adventure by a young thief, a long dead adventurer, and an old friend who is a vampire.
Rycroft does an excellent job writing the battle scenes that take place in the story. They are well thought out and flow nicely with great action. However, there are several issues with Into the Darkness. The story really seems to go nowhere for most of the novel. The action scenes are few and far between and those times in between where any action takes place, which is set to build up the characters, is rather plodding. It seems to drag the story to a grinding halt at times. Another issue is the dialogue, specifically the use of modern vernacular. The story takes place in a world that more closely resembles our ancient times. Throughout the story, words and phrases appear that just do not fit the period or world this is set in. Some readers may not think too much of this, whereas others will be put off as it really stands out as not belonging. The ending of the story is also fairly anticlimactic. The whole novel is a build up to the ultimate battle between Aeryn and the Harbinger, the ancient evil terrorizing her world, and the fight to get to him is an exciting read that builds wonderfully to the final confrontation, only for it to not really be much of a confrontation.
Through the narrative and dialogue throughout the book, Rycroft does do a great job in building her characters. You learn to care what happens with Aeryn and her young thief Theo. You get a wonderful sense of what the world is like and of the evil that is trying to overtake it. Rycroft gives you enough character build up to take an interest in the other characters as well as the world in which they are in. Well, just enough for you to want more. Overall, Into the Darkness is a fairly quick read. As mentioned, parts go fast as you are sucked into the action and it holds the reader’s attention, but there are times where it just drags. The conclusion to the novel was satisfying and totally leaves the door open to additional stories of Aeryn, which Rycroft is working on in a sequel. | Mike Koehler

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