Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Radiant Burn and The Best of Times by Arshad Ahsanuddin reviews

"Magic requires sacrifice."

Alexandria, Egypt, 2008. The Sentinel assault on the vampire citadel was broken by a spell that consumed the caster and destroyed everything around him. Only two of the vampire hunters walked away: Antonio Martinez, last of the Winds, and Edgar Jameson, his trusted lieutenant.

Circumstances drew them together again, eventually. Will the Sentinel curse bring them down just as it has all who came before them, or can the choices they make trump destiny?

This novella comes after Sunrise (Book 2) in story continuity.

5 stars

Radiant Burn is a short story set in Arshad Ahsanuddin's Pact Arcanum world.  It goes over events that readers may already have some familiarity with in much more depth with different perspectives.  I'll admit that I have been of a fan of the way Arshad writes since reading the sample of Sunset and I will continue to follow the series.

Radiant Burn gives a little bit more insight into the life of Nick, dealing with his father's time as a Sentinel.  As Nick is my favorite character in the series I really appreciate seeing a little bit of his life before he became a vampire that holds so much power.  Arshad's ability to write fantastic characters is unreal and you will feel like you know them as friends.  If you haven't checked out the series do yourself a favor and do so.

"Mortals die. It's what they do."

Rory understands. The death of his lover Takeshi is a devastating blow from which he can't bear to recover. Lorcan takes it upon himself to coax his friend and ally back to life. Then an innocent gesture of affection places them both in the center of an explosive scandal, forcing them to make choices they might otherwise never have considered. Magic requires sacrifice. Will their friendship survive the pressure of Nightwalker politics, or will their relationship be just another casualty of war?

This novella falls after Moonlight (Book 3) in story continuity.

4 stars

The Best of Times by Arshad Ahsanuddin takes place after the third book in his Pact Arcanum series Moonlight. It serves as a very nice appetizer for the upcoming release Starlight by setting up a few pretty major character changes. Arshad truly has mastered telling about his characters in ways that make them seem realistic and vulnerable despite the extraordinary amount of power they wield. 

This is a good read for fans of the series and really makes me eager for Starlight to see what's coming next.

Arshad's work is also available at Smashwords.

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