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Sunset by Arshad Ahsanuddin
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May 14, 12

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Read from January 15 to February 12, 2012

This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

After reading this book, the first thing that comes to mind is how the title is appropriate and it really does feel as if they rode into the sunset. However, this book has nothing to do with cowboys. Instead, there's little of the paranormal world which it doesn't include. Vampires, shifters, justice fighters, protectors, magic and advanced technology; at first glance, an impossible combination but one that will stir every reader's imagination and leave you asking – What just happened? Yes, the book is that good.

The idea is based on the concept that behind shields and human impersonation lives a mix of superhuman beings on the soil of North America, so called Free People. They form their own society, an alliance between the Daywalkers, Nightwalkers and Sentinels, which abides by their own rules and does nothing but thrive under their combined talent. The supernaturals are vicious in their justice, they respect honor and crave peace, something they would not receive outside of the limits of the Triumvirate Council. Everywhere else is the world, Sentinels kill Nightwalkers, protecting the humans, and Nightwalkers don't lose sleep in killing Sentinels. Both of them sneer at Daywalkers who unlike Nightwalkers possess souls, and unlike Sentinels, who live to fight, choose no means and are not afraid to die, Daywalkers refuse to fight.

When there is a nuclear threat in Los Angeles, Nick, one of the Daywalkers has no choice but to step in, in the name of the Free People and save their people by getting rid of the threat. Unfortunately that reveals all of the supernaturals to the humans, something that has been successfully avoided for thousands of years.

All predictions say the final result would be war with disastrous consequences, but still, the Triumvirate names Nick as the Ambassador, contact and a mediator between the Free People and the humans. This book is about that revelation, the consequences and the resolutions. It follows mostly Nick through his growth and troubles, but also shows points of view from other crucial characters, assisting in better understanding of the author's envisioned world.

From the first few pages I kept saying – This is a brilliant book. So getting five stars. – Yes, I was actually that enthusiastic. The tension and the anticipation actually made me bite my nails as I not-so-patiently waited to see how the drama would play out, who would win in the duels and what next intrigue would tickle my curiosity and make me read faster.

The world truly is magnificent. Combining the concepts you might think are clashing and making them more than work is this author's strong suit and I truly admire his ability to keep all the facts in his head and stick to them throughout the story. There are so many names, difficult to follow them all, and at first even if you might be lost with the mention of artificial intelligence and so many people having their say. Don't give up, because pretty quickly it will all make sense. The only thing about that part I didn't like was the change of names. They all have full titles and on top that that, nicknames, honor names and endearments. The author tends to use all of them during the story. But that is just a mention since it most likely won't stop you from enjoying this trip into the magnificent.

My tripping point was the romance. Although I loved the book, there came a point a little past half the book when the soap opera became too much and I had to stop reading for a few days. The romance is rather weak in my opinion and what there is of it is so complicated you would need a guide to follow all the directions. Aside from that, it has that annoying trait of being just too sweet to the point of unrealistic. Yes, I am criticizing an unrealistic romance in a world where space travel is highly developed and vampires dine blood from a glass. I can't help it. Nick is an amazing character, so much so, that four hundred pages of him were not really enough. He deserved a great romance and by the end of this book there was a certain agreement between two individuals that lifted my hopes up and actually made me want to see that possible future, happen.

While reading the rest of the book, I decided to ignore the romance altogether. I accepted that it was there but instead of being annoyed by it I simply enjoyed the incredible twists and turns of the plot, cursing the humans, telling the Nightwalkers they were idiots and all but begging the Free People to open their eyes and act.

This is one story no one will regret reading. If you disregard the fact that there is romance and it happens between men, you are still left with an amazing piece of writing that has it all, from action to drama, paranormal to technological. A bit for everyone packed in a large package just waiting to be ripped open and enjoyed.
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01/15/2012 page 99
01/18/2012 page 299
64.0% "Can it get more soap opera than this?"
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MsMiz (Tina) what says you? Verdict? Will I like it?

Valentina Heart I don't know. I haven't finished it yet. I just can't force myself to read it although I need to review it.

The beginning is brilliant, lots of world building and it's a truly magnificent world, but then the romance part just fucks it all up, because they all seem to be interested in the same dude. Like watching Santa Barbara and Days of our Lives wrapped up together. The 'paranormals' are just to cocky. I so have to finish this and really don't want to.

Valentina Heart Yeah, finished it, and the second part is just as brilliant as the first. The author really knows how to build up tension and the world. The romance still sucked, but I ignored that part and enjoyed the rest. See, my rating reflects it. I checked and the second book seems to be a prequel which I don't care for and the third has a different MC.

MsMiz (Tina) Excellent - thank you!

MsMiz (Tina) Just bought!!

Valentina Heart Welcome;)

Nicci Arshad sent me this way to check out your comments. Have you posted a complete review yet? Just curious. I gave it a rating of 4.5 because the romance really did suck. Otherwise, an awesome read. I'm getting ready to start "Starlight."

Valentina Heart No, I can't post the review until it's up on the TRR page. I can send it to you in private if you want? You know, all mysterious and stuff;)

I probably would have rated it with half a star less, too, but that's not an option here or on TRR.

I do love the world, and would have read the rest of the series, but the way they are going doesn't really suit me. I can't read a prequel after something as intense as this, and I did want to skip to the third book, but there the MC is different and I wasn't sure if I would be missing any of the current plot by skipping the second book in the series. Yes, I'm complicated lol

But the books was really good, and the world elaborate and interesting.

Nicci I skipped Sunrise. Cheated reading Moonlight. You ever tried skimming on an ereader. :-) The Best of Times did a bit to resolve Nick's romance issue. The first 2 chapters in Starlight have me thinking I should go back and read the entire Moonlight book. You know, I'm giving myself a headache.

I would love to read the review esp for insights I've probably missed.

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Fadia Pierre oh, thid review just to read this even more. Makes me wonder will I get to finish my challenge

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