Consisting of THE HUNTED (free prequel novella), THE DAMNED (2015), THE FALLEN (2016) and THE RISEN (2017), The Darkest Hand trilogy unleashes the flawed but brilliant Inquisitor Poldek Tacit upon a Europe engulfed by the First World War. The Damned was one of the Book Depository’s ‘Books of 2015’.
About The Damned 1914. The outbreak of war. In the French city of Arras, a priest is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition-still powerful, but now working in the shadows-sends its most determined and unhinged of Inquisitors, Poldek Tacit, to investigate: his mission to protect the Church from those who would seek to undermine it, no […]
About The Fallen 1915. As the second battle of the Isonzo Front rages on the Italian Austro-Hungarian border, war threatens to engulf the Inquisition as dark forces muster amongst the most fanatical servants of the Catholic Church. Shortly before he is murdered, a desperate priest sends a secret letter to his brother serving in the […]
About THE RISEN 1917. As war and revolution consume the world, the End Times have arrived. With the apocalypse imminent, the world needs a hero to push back this tide of darkness and save all from the return of the Antichrist. But where is Poldek Tacit, the only Inquisitor able to compete against such daunting […]
THE RISEN, book 3 of The Darkest Hand trilogy
1917. As war and revolution consume the world, the End Times have arrived. With the apocalypse imminent, the world needs a hero to push back this tide of darkness and save all from the return of the Antichrist. But where is Poldek Tacit, the only Inquisitor able to compete against such daunting odds?
Current writing projects
Never a dull moment!
I'm currently working on three new books. The first is a dark modern day murder mystery set in a village very similar to the one I live in at the moment. The second is a co-author project, set in the time of Charles II, consisting of things that tend to come out only at night. And finally, I am working on the sequel to RIPPED, my modern day Jack the Ripper book.
What people are saying about my books
An action packed supernatural thriller that will nourish your blood lust… perfect for a plane ride or lounging on the beach
Fast, frenetic and bloody, The Fallen is an imaginative and deftly told tale that’ll chill you to the core.
Richardson’s debut has mash-up leanings … It works surprisingly well. Dan Brown fans will love this and it’s clearly more sophisticated, too
The devastating climax to this epic dark trilogy. Riotous, terrifying and urgent.
Evokes the fantasy of Tolkien and the darkness of King.
[The] use of the alternate history makes more sense out of the insistent killings than any dry narrative could. . . . From The Overlook Press, publisher once again of the uncannily insightful.
Richardson does a wonderful job of setting the scene; there’s plenty of atmosphere . . . The historical elements are fascinating, as is the author’s twist on the werewolf mythos, but the brooding, conflicted Tacit is the most compelling element. Readers who enjoy extra-broody antiheroes who are good with fists and firearms will find much […]
One of the most amazing trilogies I have come across.
An awesome read that will have you gripping the side of the your seat as you fight demons through the fists of a scary kick ass priest.
Allegorical and erudite, this imaginative first volume establishes a world, a monolithic villain, and a catapult for Tacit and Isabella, Sandrine and Frost to confront the evil lurking in the volumes to come
Richardson can definitely write a rattling good tale, with page-turning suspense that never slows down. [T]he horrors of shell shock, poison gas, and international machinations that we’re learning about a century after the Great War, make Richardson’s additions to the landscape seem just one small step further in danger and darkness. And Poldek Tacit, a […]
THE RISEN is OUT NOW!
1917. As war and revolution consume the world, the End Times have arrived. With the apocalypse imminent, the world needs a hero to push back this tide of darkness and save all from the return of the Antichrist. But where is Poldek Tacit, the only Inquisitor able to compete against such daunting odds? Old allies unite in a desperate race to unmask and stop the Antichrist before he can assume dominion over all lands and nations, while the Darkest Hand squeezes any remaining hope from those who wish to find an end to the war which has already claimed countless lives.BUY NOW