The Dark Rider

Rated 4.33/5 based on 6 reviews
19 year old Paul is the chosen one, destined to destroy the Dark and bring peace to all. Nicola is just an everyday 23 year old, holidaying in Cornwall but disillusioned with life. As the day of his judgement approaches the two meet, and Paul discovers just how wrong a prophecy can be. More

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About Andrew Critchell

I started writing 'The Dark Rider' when I was 14, the first scenes coming out in one go in the half light of a summer evening. However, it took another 24 years before I actually finished, so I am looking to make an improvement on that time-frame for the next book in the series!!

I was born in Kent, England, in 1974, and have always been inspired and awed by the magic of being outside in nature at sunrise or sunset. It is time when anything seems possible, when the total domination of our modern world can be countered by light and shadow. For me, it is also when I have had my most magical experiences of nature, inspiring my writing and a lifelong interest and passion for landscape photography.

Since leaving school I have had a meandering educational and career path taking in banking, environmental campaigning, professional commercial photography and teaching. However, my heart always brings me back to writing and I hope you enjoy the results.

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Samantha Ryan reviewed on on March 10, 2015

this was a great change of pace for me, as I normally gravitate towards more realistic-style fiction, but this was one epic tale that I couldn’t put down! I did have to have some patience in the beginning until I felt that I was more caught up in the thrust of the story, but the author does a great job of explaining all the backstory and sub plots. I don’t rehash plotlines (That is what the book description is for), but I enjoyed the easy flow and inventive ideas and plot of “The Dark Rider”, and really liked the characters! Happy that they were not cliché, cardboard cutouts of typical fantasy lore, but relatable and real (even for not being!) By the end I’d fallen in love with this book and although it doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger per say, it stops in the middle of more action to come so I’m curious to see where the next one leads. An enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of fantasy and adventure without hesitation.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Anabella Johnson reviewed on on March 7, 2015

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did! For me good writing goes along way, and I was very impressed with Andrew Critchell’s style. This fantasy-adventure seems to be suitable for most ages. It takes a bit to get into the story, and at first I wasn’t sure where it was headed, but after a while you are totally consumed and don’t want to stop reading til you’ve finished! There were some editing and punctuation issues that I noticed, but they didn’t bother me too much. Hope there is more to this series, and if so I’d be happy to read it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
CodyB77 reviewed on on March 7, 2015

this book was fabulous, a real breath of fresh air! What lovely prose and vivid atmosphere Andrew Critchell weaved into this fun novel! After reading the book then re-reading the description I feel like the synopsis doesn’t do it justice. Not that it is bad, just that there is so much more to this book that you really have to read in order to experience. I felt like I was watching a movie, the writing is so descriptive. And I loved the ending!! I’m definitely interested in continuing with this series and see where the story goes. Lots more to discover!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Claire Middleton reviewed on on March 7, 2015

for me “The Dark Rider…” was just okay. I liked the premise and thought it had a lot of potential, but something just failed to grab me the way I thought it should. (Note, my daughter read it right after me an LOVED it…so there you go.) Something that struck me was the overall tone of the book…it felt and sounder more mature that a normal young adult novel. I thought there was too much “telling” of events instead of “showing”, and was always kept at arm’s length from the action…like it was happening around me but not to me, if you know what I mean. Maybe it was because of the multiple pov’s and third-person omniscient narration, but I never quite knew what character I was “tuning into”, and that is something that is important for me to do. There were some proofing errors that I noticed, and even though the plot was interesting, I thought the pacing as a bit too uneven for my tastes. So much of this is probably just my personal preferences, as it was a decent story and as I mentioned my teenaged daughter loved it. It just wasn’t my cuppa.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Steph Coleman reviewed on on March 5, 2015

4.5 stars
I read this book in one sitting. It was THAT good! One thing I have really been loving about this new explosion of fantasy authors over the past few years is that they keep coming up with new and creative ways to improve upon existing themes. This is wonderful because there are certain themes, like good versus evil, which will never go out of style. But sometimes you can feel like you are reading the same story over and over. Well this was not the case with “”The Dark Rider”! I felt like I was reading a wholly original and creative fantasy that was never predictable or boring, but kept my fingers eagerly turning the pages anxious to see what would happen next. I highly enjoyed this book and think you will too!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Karen Matthews reviewed on on March 5, 2015

The Dark Rider is the first book I’ve read by Andrew Critchell, but I assure you it will not be the last! From the descriptive opening pages, I was drawn into this exciting tale, and I admit I liked it more and more as the story unfolded and the plot began to reveal itself. I was thoroughly engaged from the opening pages and my interest never wavered until the closing lines. What I liked most about this book was that the story was constantly moving forward, never dwelling on something too long or rehashing backstory (a common mistake authors make, I have found). Instead we are swept up in this fantastical adventure and carried along for a magnificent ride. This is a very strong start for what promises to be a delightfully entertaining series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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