Tales of Darkfern: Book 1 - The Last Ryder

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Harmony Ryder feels lucky when she inherits Darkfern Cottage from a long-lost relative, little does she know it comes with a fairytale-themed burden. An unavoidable journey awaits her and the time has come to take the first step... More

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About Damien B Feral

Once upon a time Damien B. Feral was minding his own business, sketching out ideas for a new sculpture, when all of a sudden a film started to play in his mind’s eye. The story he could see was so vivid, almost real, that it quickly became all he could think about.
At first he tried to ignore it, thinking that it was just his fertile imagination acting up again...but the film kept playing. It began to invade his dreams and occupy his waking mind; the story was demanding attention.
Deciding that he had to do something about it he tried to tell the tale using what creativity he had at his disposal...but clay wasn’t enough. So, one day, Damien sat down in front of his computer and started writing – something he hadn’t done since he left school.
In the beginning he had no idea how to use words to tell a tale. His knowledge of grammar was almost non-existent as he had spent most of his education daydreaming and not paying attention to his teachers. So, unsurprisingly the first draft of his debut novel ‘The last Ryder’ was little more than a short story. Not satisfied with what he had achieved he spent the following years working as a barista during the day and teaching himself to write in the evening.
By then end of 2012 he had completed his first novel, lengthening the initial short story into the opening of a trilogy. The world of Darkfern is now a living breathing place, filled with imaginative and believable characters who all want their lives to be told by Damien. Now is the time for him to come out of the woodwork and share his talent for telling a tale with the world...

Reviews

Review by: caroline thorpe on March 19, 2013 :
what an enjoyable read! Interesting inventive a real page turner. I can't wait for the next installment. I loved the way Harmony grew up as the story progressed. For a debut novel this shows real promise. I look forward to reading more and would recommend it to adults as well.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Aideen Collins on March 06, 2013 :
A richly imaginative and pageturning debut from Damien B. Feral. Airy wit, an intriguing plot and Feral's vivid invocation of the magical world beyond the webway combine to make the first instalment of Harmony Ryder's coming of age quest a hit with all readers of all ages. A name to watch.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kate on March 03, 2013 :
Loved this book. For me it usually takes at least 5 chapters to really get into a book but this one i was hooked by the end of the first chapter, couldnt put it down. The discription in the book is mind blowing and really made me go in the world the author is creating. Im looking forward to reading more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rosie Belton on Feb. 12, 2013 :
An amazing read!!! It's one of those books that will captivate all ages and a real page turner. Unbelievably creative and cleverly written, can't wait for the next one! Thank you Damien Feral!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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