- File Size: 3775 KB
- Print Length: 209 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1534680810
- Publisher: Tenebray Press (August 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K7UBXEE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,953,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In the Darkness Visible: Elk Riders Volume I Kindle Edition
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Praise for the Elk Riders Series
From Kirkus on volumes 1-5:
"A fantasy built on divine, chaotic action and written with immense heart." Kirkus Reviews
"The start of what promises to be a tumultuous, visionary fantasy series." Kirkus Reviews
"Fans accustomed to the author's lilting, evocative prose won't be disappointed." Kirkus Reviews
"Neill's prose is stately and hypnotic." Kirkus Reviews
"[Then] Elk Riders series is yet another blueprint for writing taut, exhilarating fantasy."Kirkus Reviews
"Neill continues to cut a unique swath through the epic-fantasy genre." Kirkus Reviews
FromAmazon Readers volumes 1-5:
"This series was a great sci-fi adventure! We have an interesting cast of characters and the author does a great job world-building." Amazon Reader
"A joy to read. The story line and characters are extremely well described and keep you interested reading through." Amazon Reader
"When given the choice, I go for box sets. The "Elk Riders" series didn't disappoint. Being able to read all the books in succession was a great treat,not having to wait for the next book to see what happens. Wonderful storyline,with lots of twists to keep my interest, a diverse array of characters, lots of adventure, suspense and fantasy and wonderful descriptions. Great series for all fantasy/sci-fi genre lovers." Amazon Reader
"I'm not usually into novels like this, but I found myself drawn into the world and the characters of these five volumes. I wanted to continue reading and see where the story lead as I read because I was wanting to find out more and meet new characters. This collection did not disappoint and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future." Amazon Reader
"I loved the story, it pulled me in from the beginning and never let go -- I've never read anything by Ted Neill before, but I'll definitely be checking out his other work. Thanks for the great read!" Amazon Reader
"This wonderful tome is a classic adventure, much like the tales of old, once told by the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert E. Howard, and J.R.R. Tolkien." Amazon Reader
"I am nearly speechless with glee that Neill once again doesn't disappoint with his unabashedly honest portrayal of the human condition and its many beautiful faults that again makes his characters so real." Amazon Reader
"I do hope Neill takes on a new adventure and brings more of his craft to the bookstore. He is by far one of my favorite authors. He has a great career ahead of him!" Amazon Reader
"I've really enjoyed the Elk Riders collection . . . The stories are entertaining,fast-paced, and full of well-developed and beloved characters." Amazon Reader
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There are a number of battle sequences in this book and I’m not a fan of those because they tend to bore me. Even so, those weren’t extensive and the story was otherwise interesting. I liked the protagonists and wondered what was going to happen next. I was nonetheless a little bit more interested in the boys’ story than Gabriella’s because I kept wondering if they were ever going to get caught. Plus, it seemed like anytime I thought the group on the airship was safe something else happened to them. I never thought the two boys were safe from retribution, not considering what they’d done in the past. There's also the fact that Gabriella was constantly having to deal with her fear of heights by being exposed to them, which isn’t too much fun to read about for someone who is also terrified of heights. Still, it’s a solid read if you don’t mind the occasional fight scene.
It's not just about the characters either. The setting comes off as unnatural when reading Gabriella but fine when reading Sade and Vondales. In Gabriella's story there are more modern ideas such as birthday presents packed in wrapping paper. While this could exist in a fantasy world, there wasn't enough time put into the story explain this. The world doesn't feel as fleshed out as it needs to be resulting in parts of the story that struggle to suspend your disbelief. Contrary to that, the brothers world feels much more natural and engaging and their actions within it make sense, albeit in a twisted way. Lastly, the ending of the book is not the end of either of the stories; I don't even know if it's the middle. It feels like half of a larger book.
The book alternates chapters between Gabriella & her brother's journey, and the story of Sade and Vondales, who had come to village to steal control of a portal to the dead, and how they came to be there.
Ted Neil is a promising new writer and I highly recommend this book!
Top international reviews
The characters are life-like, multi-dimensional and, at times, mysterious. The plot is unpredictable: whatever reservations I had about it from the beginning of the novel soon disappeared as I realised I wasn't prematurely anticipating much of the action at all. Overall a wonderful introduction to the series - and hopefully a foundation for still better things to come.
Read the rest? Maybe. .