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Children of Sun and Moon by Matt Larkin
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Apr 22, 12

Read in April, 2012

Truly, I had no idea what to expect from Children of Sun and Moon when I first downloaded it onto my Kindle. Author Matt Larkin asked me to check it out and, while I'm always up for a new adventure, I had to be honest and tell him that this didn't seem like my usual reading material. Let's be realistic...no vamps, wolves, angels, demons, witches, mages, or other known-to-me supernaturals in the description. I gotta say...I essentially got my ass and expectations handed to me by this book...it was that good...

I'll start with the characters, since I do love a strong female lead. Chandi was kickass!! A true fighter, this lunar knows what she wants and goes after it. I love her. She is sassy and takes crap from no one, yet protects her family above herself. Ratna, her spoiled cousin who I nicknamed Bratty early in the story, was incredibly well written in her annoyingness and Larkin did a great job of making me want to slap her entitled face. Naresh...ahhh, Naresh. I'll admit that I had preconceived notions about the kind of character he was going to be. This was one of those rare moments in life when I'm glad I'm not always right. Naresh is a soldier...but so much more than that...

So the beginning of the book was a bit of a culture shock for me. The names, places, and even food are all Indian (not Native American) sounding, and I found myself stumbling over them just a little. I got used to them a few pages in, though, and they added richness to the story that I really appreciated. It was unlike any other world I'd ever read for so many reasons. Total originality points. A couple editing issues in the book caught my eye, but nothing so detrimental as to cause alarm--I just always like to mention them for those who are sticklers about those things. There were also a few fight scenes in the book which were a little too blow-by-blow for my personal taste. I generally prefer an overview to the "he ducked this punch while swinging his right arm in a hook and kicking so-and-so in the cojones" thing. Some people are into that, though, and that's cool too. If you are, there's a smidge of it in there--though not a ton.

Now, on to the true genius of Children of Sun and Moon: Larkin is an amazing storyteller. His writing is descriptive, yet keeps a quick pace with no wasted information clogging my already at capacity synapses. Maybe storyteller isn't descriptive enough. Maybe I should say that Larkin is a storyweaver. His universe is chaos and brilliance and honor and destruction and love in one amazing place. I was completely captivated by the world that he crafted with the Solars and Lunars and cannot wait for the next book!!

I give this book a shining 4.5 stars.
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