Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Romancing the Darkness Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have a young adult fantasy novel in our book review spotlight. Check out Romancing the Darkness, book one from the series by Tyler R. Snyder, read my thoughts, learn about the author & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: Romancing the Darkness (Book 1) by Tyler R. Snyder
CategoryYA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 260 pages
Genre:  Fantasy 
Publisher:  Crystal Publishing, LLC
Release date:   November 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: There is no sex, but it is implied. The violence is typical for this genre (attacking monsters and a war). The language does include light profanity (hell, damn, ass).  

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About the Book

Monsters of Mythical Proportion
Worlds of Magic and Power
Forbidden Love
And DEATH. DEATH is the consequence...

When Tristan defies Ambion’s only law—royal and common blood cannot mix, he discovers the consequences are real. The young guardian finds himself in a world where love and hate, war and peace, duty and betrayal blur into darkness. As his world devolves into a battle for survival, he learns only an Angel can save Ambion from the destruction wielded by the Dividers. Is Tristan the Angel destined to save the world or will he succumb to the wiles of a dark goddess?

​“Boy! Hey boy, let me show you the end.” Tristan looked in horror as tens of thousands of men and women were hooded figures. Explosions erupted everywhere, and the black sky spewed red lightning all around the warriors. A ground shaking roar forced Tristan to cover his ears. When he looked up, a massive golden dragon breathed fire upon the world: fire engulfed the horizon. “The end will begin with ash.”   


My Review

Romancing the Darkness is a Well-Developed Launch to the Series.  The author does a lovely job introducing characters and building the Ambion world. From learning about creatures and relationships to understanding the rules and expectations of the culture to following the battles and watching series begin to take shape--this first book is detailed and exciting. It leaves readers ready for the second book.


Readers May Need to Take Notes Until Everything Falls into Place.  There are a lot of characters, a lot of action, and a lot of pieces to keep in order as the novel's plot comes together. I had to re-read a few scenes and make some mental notes about characters and happenings because the author really packs a lot into the novel. All of the moving parts keep the pace moving well--but require reader attention and focus at times.


Would I Recommend Romancing the Darkness by Tyler R. Snyder?  I enjoyed the novel, although I didn't love the main characters' personalities. While they weren't the characters I wanted personally--they really did serve the plot and novel well. If you enjoy an action-packed, fantasy world with a variety of creatures, challenges--and a misguided love story or two--this is a great series opener for older teens and young adults. This first book leaves loose ends to pull you into the next novel, so expect to keep reading for resolution.


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Meet the Author

Tyler Snyder was born in 1984 in Medford, Oregon.

As a child, he was captivated by movies, video games, and Dungeons and Dragons, along with the worlds these activities created. The original spark that ignited Tyler’s imagination was when he wanted to see a movie similar to The Legend of Zelda, but the closest film at the time was The Dark Crystal. That itch, to this day, has still not been scratched. This led him to books and stories like the pastimes he adored and gave him exposure to a much grander well of ideas and possibilities. Meeting like-minded friends who shared the same hobbies, Tyler developed a passion for creating new worlds. In Romancing the Darkness, Tyler explores his world, Ambion, and the countless decisions confronting his characters.

Mr. Snyder currently lives in Wyoming with his wife, Sandra.

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