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Book Title: Romancing the Darkness (Book 1) by Tyler R. Snyder
Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 260 pages
Publisher: Crystal Publishing, LLC
Release date: November 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-softback USA, e-book (MOBI for Kindle, EPUB, PDF)
Tour dates: January 31 to February 11
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).
Monsters of Mythical Proportion
Worlds of Magic and Power
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.”
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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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Q&A with the author
When I set out to write Romancing the Darkness, I wanted to try do something no one has ever done. At least to my knowledge. I tried to give a little something for everyone. With a vast magical land, mythical creatures, grand battles, a little romance and a dash of mystery. I wanted to try and mold all of it into one great adventure that everyone could enjoy. But what truly sets it apart are the gods within my constellation system. I have woven a system where the gods in my world take turns ruling as one chosen species ends their reign, a new chosen species along with their gods takes over. For instance with the current time in my books world, the aeons rule and their chosen species are angels.
For every set of gods on Ambion’s constellations, comes with a chosen species. Aeons have angels. The next constellation has dividers. And so on and so on. The gods choose who become the chosen species when they are born. For instance, angels can’t be created by men or reproduced. I can’t go into great detail as to why the chosen species end their time, right now. But lets just say not all those who are chosen are good.
That’s a loaded question. I mean none where very easy per say. But if I had to pick one it would be Caster. Caster is one of my favorite characters to write about. He is both Tristan’s guide as well as his brotherly figure. Tristan looks up to him, he may not admit it, but he does. And to write on and build this relationship between the two is one of my favorite things to write on. But on many things Caster is Tristan’s opposite and it makes it very intriguing coming up with their dialogue and interractions.
Romancing the Darkness takes up a lot of my time. But I do have several ideas I have on the back burner. Along with a few short stories connected to the world Romancing the Darkness takes place in. Again, I’m not too sure if I’m allowed to elaborate on it or not. But I do have this one short story that I have and haven’t completed yet, that I am very excited to get out there when it is ready.
Yes! Always save your work! So while I was writing Romancing the Darkness. It was in the middle of the day during the summer, we had a spontaneous thunderstorm. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing while it’s dark and gloomy out. The rain and thunder always manages to set the mood for me. But this particular thunderstorm knocked out the power. Now I was writing on a desktop. I had been working on this chapter for hours. It was one of my favorite chapters, Bottleneck was the name. The computer shut off and lost all that work without saving. So now, ritualistically, I save after every page. I’m super paranoid about it. To this day, I know I got most of it down. But I know the chapter wasn’t the same as the original attempt. Oh well, we live and we learn.
Romancing the Darkness is written by Tyler Snyder. I have not read this author before. I did start reading this book with my 10 year old son. While he reads at a higher grade level, there was some subject matter that was a little above his head. This book is rated PG 13. There is implied mention of sex. That is the content that was above his head. There are some war scenes and monster attacks, but we were ok with that.
My 10 year old loved the different mythical creatures. He is a huge fan of the fantasy genre and he enjoys it. We were not as familiar with someone of their names - we did have to look some of them up. My son enjoyed the war/battle scenes the best. He is 10 and loves Call of Duty. The author did a great job describing them without being too graphic.
Tristian, has defied the world's only law. Do not mix royal and common blood. Suddenly he is battling for his survival. The author built the character well.
Overall, this is definitely recommended for ages 13 and over. Please note the implied sexual tones. This is not my normal genre, but I was entertained and interested to what was happening next. My 10 year old loved the war scenes. Thank you to the author/publisher and IRead Book tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
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