Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sunset by Arshad Ahsanuddin review

Sunset: Pact Arcanum: Book One (Volume 1)
5 stars!

Sunset is an amazingly detailed look into the society of meta-humans living hidden in North America.  I usually don't enjoy vampire books, but this one is an exception.  There are three races in the hidden society Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, and Sentinels.  Nightwalkers are the typical vampires, Daywalkers are vampires that have been cleansed of their demonic taint and reclaimed their souls, and Sentinels are the soldiers that are genetically designed to kill vampires.  Daywalkers are a fairly new race, but Nightwalkers and Sentinels have been at war for thousands and thousands of years.  In North America however there has been a truce reached between the three races and they now live in relative harmony.  

When a terrorist threatens to nuke L.A. Nick, a Daywalker, reveals himself and exposes the hidden society to the world.  Arshad Ahsanuddin has created an intricate political structure involving all three races.  The vampire society is divided into houses that all have alliances and enemies as well as Nightwalkers hating Daywalkers and Sentinels killing all vampires regardless (outside of the alliance).  The story is action filled and intense.  This book is fantastic and I cannot wait to read book two and book three (this summer hopefully).  

Arshad maintains a website that is very informative about the various houses and alliances in his world.  He also has a newsletter that you can download in pdf format that is has a breakdown of the three meta-human races as well as a major character breakdown.  From what he has told me book 1 is very story based in order to draw the reader into the world book 2 has more of a character building aspect.  This book does have a gay romance aspect to it.  I am not a huge fan of romance, but Arshad does it very well and the romance stays pretty much PG-13 (other than vampire blood drinking).  

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