When he wakes up as a fox, Renard Kendrick knows something has gone horribly wrong. Even though he’s lost his memory and knows little other than his name.
Not only is he imprisoned in a body he can barely control, he’s held captive by the vixen, Adriana. Suspicious of her motives to keep him, when escape presents itself in the form of a bird named Jabbers, Renard takes it.
Determined to discover the mystery of his past, Renard takes refuge with a group of “manimals” – a village of carnivores. But Adriana’s dog soldiers are not far behind, and she is willing to go to war to retrieve her prize.
Renard must decide whether he will escape yet again or stand and fight with his new friends. Both choices are risky and Renard’s inexperience as a manimal is a liability either way. Available formats: epub mobi lrf pdb txt html
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4 Star Review
A Deal in the Darkness is my first human to fox fantasy and I very much enjoyed it.
Renard wakes up as a fox in the castle of Andriana sometimes called Adrian who is also a fox whom Renard calls Vixon. Renard knows he isn't a fox, at least in his before life, and he is determined to discover just who and what he is. Adriana keeps Renard at bay with the use of her guard dogs and she tries desperately to keep him from visiting her father's tomb buried in a part of the overgrown garden where no one is allowed.
Against her wishes, Renard with the help of a wisecracking bird, escapes into the clutches of giant tree that grows in the middle of a meadow. Much like a biblical use of the many mansions story, Renard is introduced to a litany of birdlife who will guide him to his destiny. If he has one that is...
I feel in love with Renard and his quest to discover who he is and I didn't think I would. I've never read this type of story so I found it fun and exciting to see a genre of fantasy written so well. The author, Allan Anderson, weaves a web of intrique and desire rife with symbolism. While A Deal in the Darkness is not yet out on Amazon, keep your eye out for a great new fantasy designed to thrill.
I don't know enough about fantasy to give A Deal in the Darkness a five star review because I am just not familiar enough with the genre. While I found it a wonderful fantasy, I did have trouble getting into character with the creatures that told the story. This I blame on myself and my own preferences that tend toward mystery and suspense with a smattering of horror and sci-fi rather than the story itself.
About the Author
If it trots, walks, swims, flies, or slithers, Allan B. Anderson is a fan. His lifelong love of animals led to his specializing in animal biology and behavior for his second degree. His first was in Fine Arts, with a background in photography, graphic design, and of course creative writing. This potent mix of scientific knowledge and artistic flourish helped create the settings and themes in his very first novel The Last Chronicle of Azurden: A Deal in the Darkness.Allan lives in Maryland with his family, helping run a small farm. Being an eagle scout, he enjoys hiking and camping, but also likes computer gaming, model collecting, playing the piano, and spending time with his dogs – his favorite animal, which he hopes the other critters don’t figure out.
His first published work “The Trouble with Dragons” debuted in A Forest of Dreams, (Indie Author’s Press, 2014) and was soon followed up with three short drabbles in Spooky Halloween Drabbles2014, (Indie Author’s Press 2014) a month later. The Last Chronicle of Azurden: A Deal in the Darkness, is his first full length novel.