M.J. Ryder


Hello and welcome to MJRyder.net, home of author, academic and entrepreneur M.J. Ryder (Mike Ryder). I have many years’ experience working as a professional ghostwriter and marketing expert in industries as diverse as entertainment, healthcare and higher education, and have been widely published in each of these fields. I also work in academia, where I specialise in English Literature and philosophy, with a particular interest in science fiction and biopolitics. I am also a published author, and you can find my young adults novel, The Darkest Hour, available online and in all good book stores. Read on to find out more…

  • The Darkest Hour (Novel)
  • 'After Fantastika' Conference Report, Foundation (Winter 2018)​
  • 'The Trouble with Joi' in Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy (2019)
  • 'War Stories' in Fuzzy Revolutions (2019)
  • 'The Final Frontier' in Fuzzy Revolutions (2019)
  • 'The gates of our world: Vietnam and the (re)birth of biopolitics'
  • 'Exclusions through time: Charlie Gordon and the biopolitical paradigm'
  • 'The Literature of Drones: Ethics and Remote Killing in Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game'

The Darkest Hour

Phae is a girl unlike any other. Her father is the most powerful mage in the realm, and her mother is a member of the Lintari – a small, secretive band of warriors bound to the earth as its sworn guardians. With such powerful blood inside her, growing up was never going to be easy.

But when her powers bring about catastrophe and the death of her tutor, Phae finally decides she’s had enough. With her unstable magic threatening to bring about even more danger to those she loves, Phae flees her home on the Magical Isle to seek sanctuary on the mainland. Only there does she realise her problems have barely just begun…

Publication information

The Darkest Hour by M.J. Ryder is a heroic fantasy novel for young adults featuring magic, adventure and a strong female protagonist. It also has strong themes of love and friendship, and explores the moving tale of one father’s quest to find his little girl.

Type: Young Adult Fiction
Fantasy / Adventure

Hardback: 978-1-912615-66-7
: £12.99

Paperback: 978-1-912615-64-3
RRP: £7.99

eBook: 978-1-912615-65-0
RRP: £3.99

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