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In the Darkness Visible: Elk Riders Volume I

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In the Darkness Visible tells the story of two brothers, Sade and Vondales, and their attempt to wrest control of a portal to the world of the dead. A young village girl, Gabriella Carlyle, resists them with the help of her mentor Omanuju and his companion elk. While the brothers’ lust for power corrupts them, Gabriella finds herself on a quest that leads to new friends, e ...more
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Faith Rivens
This book had a lot of potential. Boasting some great characters, especially the brothers Sade and Vondales, it is the structuring of the narratives that ultimately detracts from the entire plot. There are two divergent threads that exist. The first is Gabriella's story. She is on a quest to save her village from the brothers. The second is the brothers' story, which is set in the past, and seeks to reveal how they came to be in the village. Ultimately, the narratives are left open-ended, with n ...more
Linda McCutcheon
This story grabs you and overruns your imagination. It is extremely original in its characters and plots. It is written in a way so that as outrageous some things are, like a magical elk, they are quite acceptable to the reality of the story.

There are two stories being told at once with alternate chapters devoted to each story. We start with Gabriella who is a young girl living in a small out of touch village that at times can be cruel to its inhabitants; such as bullying Gabriella 's brother wh
In this novel, there are two parallel stories at play. One is about a young girl named Gabriella who ended up fainting during a religious festival and speaking a prophecy of some sort. As a result, she and another villager and his pet elk go off on a quest. They’re joined by a blue-skinned individual who’s not quite alive but is very skilled when it comes to managing the airship they need to get them places. They naturally encounter numerous problems on their journey. The other story is about tw ...more
Jessica Bronder
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story has two parts. The first is about two brothers, Sade and Vondales. They are just trying to survive in a world that doesn’t care for them after their mother dies. It’s partially survival yet they make some bad decisions that make their lives darker than they started out to be. Then we have Gabriella, she faints during a festival and starts speaking about a prophecy. Together with her mentor, his elk, and her ostracized brother. Gabriella goes on a quest to help protect her island from ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Honestly, I’m thoroughly impressed by Elk Riders. I only stopped reading because I was too tired to continue and then went right back to it the next morning. It is (unfortunately) a rather quick read – only 190 pages long – but that doesn’t affect the overall experience. In my opinion that often happens, especially when the book contains fantasy/sci-fi-elements that, more often than not, needs more pages in order for the reader to connect and understand the world the author is trying to establis ...more
Cade Judd
"In the Darkness Visible: Elk Riders Volume 1 by Ted Neill" starts off an epic fantasy series by delving into two ongoing stories set in different periods of time. In one you have Gabriella and her traveling companions who set off on a quest. In the other you have two brothers, Sade and Vondales, who are trying to survive in a world that doesn't care whether they live or die. The first story is set in the present and the second in the past. It's an oddity that these characters could differ so mu ...more
Emerson Jesseler
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The First Part of a Great Fantasy Story

Often the success of fantasy novels hinges on the author's ability to create a fictional world that we, as readers, will enjoy visiting. In this novel, Ted Neill has created a world that is refreshingly original. It doesn't feel derived from or dependent on anything I've seen before. At the same time, it is rich and intricate with fascinating legends and hidden powers. In particular, the Tower of the Dead and the ceremony performed there was both ominous an
Amanda Waters
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Darkness Visible is an engaging, fast-paced fantasy adventure. The story does not take long to get going -- we seem to have barely met Gabrielle before she becomes a vessel for prophecy and part of a quest to save her island home. Fortunately, after shoving us off a metaphorical cliff, the author does a good job of letting us get to know Gabriella, and showing us the world she lives in as she discovers in herself. There's a lot going on in the story -- from Gabriella's complicated relatio ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like no fantasy novel you've ever read before

A smorgasbord of genres and themes, the first installment of the Elk Riders series seems to set the stage well for an exciting and unique twist on fantasy adventure. In a quest to prevent the conquest over darkness and death from two deceiving brothers, main characters Gabriella and Omanuju travel across treacherous lands with many companions such as a remarkable elk and Gabriella's ostracized brother. One of the greatest aspects of Ted Neill's novel
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think "In the Darkness Visible," by Ted Neill is another young adult book that is also a fun read for adults.I thought the story was interesting, it is about two brothers and their lust for power and how it turns the world upside down. So it is up to Gabriella, her younger brother, and her mentor to stop them from controlling the world of the living and the dead. It was a pretty fast pace story. I thought that Gabriella was a well-written character as was her brother. I felt bad for him becaus ...more
Mark Smith
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Neill’s first Elk Rider’s installment 14-year-old Gabriella Carlyle and her 11-year-old brother’s mission to save her people from a cruel military regime. Neill delivers an epic that stimulates the reader’s mind. It is almost impossible to put the book down for even a minute. The author uses social clashes, conflicts, and one young girl’s determination to rise above her torment to bring the story to life.

Neil brings each character to life using backstories and meticulous description, all whi
Katherine Parsons
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific start to the series. This is the only book I have read of the Elk Riders series so far, but I fully intend to carry on with it. Ted Neill has managed to build a world that may feel familiar to some fantasy fans - magic exists, though forbidden - but he has crafted a beautifully unique alternative to those who have come before him. It is atmospheric and brilliant.

The characters are life-like, multi-dimensional and, at times, mysterious. The plot is unpredictable: whatever reservations
This is an exciting and action-packed adventure. The charming young protagonist, Gabriella Carlyle, is a breath of fresh air. Her coming-of-age story, contrasted with the origin story of two other characters, Sade and Vondales, two brothers who craft their lives around numerous disadvantages, is an entertaining read. The book is well-written, with unique characters and the fast pace of the plot keeps things interesting. While this is obviously the first book in a series, the ending was still som ...more
Mr A J Hay
Ok an easy read

Ok. An easy read but also enjoyable because of it. . . . .
Read the rest? Maybe. .
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Globetrotter and writer Ted Neill has worked on five continents as an educator, health professional, and journalist. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Recovery Today, and he has published a number of novels exploring issues related to science, religion, class, and social justice. He is the 2013 winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Torch of Peace Award. His 2017 novel, The Selah Bran ...more

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