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Nightlord: Sunset

(Nightlord #1)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  1,677 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact, he didn't even believe in them. Then he hooks up with a hot babe, wakes up with a hangover, and bites his tongue with his own fangs.

Which pretty much settles the question.

Now he's trying to hold down his day job while learning the rules of the Undead -- the most important being that bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts are
Kindle Edition, 680 pages
Published September 15th 2014 (first published 2006)
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Garon Whited Yes, I think I can. I try to be helpful, but I'm generally cranky, grumpy, and hard to get with. I'll give it a go, though!

I think (that is, I hope)…more
Yes, I think I can. I try to be helpful, but I'm generally cranky, grumpy, and hard to get with. I'll give it a go, though!

I think (that is, I hope) that "Nightlord: Midnight" will be coming out sometime in June or July. I'm finishing the initial draft up, and now it's time to go back through to do the first revision... and if that goes well, yes, June or July of 2015.

Mind you, if the revision reveals to me a major plot goof, I may be a bit delayed. I'm hopeful, though.(less)

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Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
While this book had its good points, they are outnumbered by its flaws.

Morality: The protagonist's morals make no sense. In the first 30 pages or so, he learns that he has been turned into a vampire, and must eat the soul of a person a year (this turns out to be a far, far larger number.)

He decides only to pick evil a hardworking rich man who is nice to children and dogs, but is somewhat arrogant. And a man who has been divorced three times (and has kids he wants to raise with each
Garon Whited
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
The first in the Nightlord series, we see that Eric is a pretty decent guy. He can be as dumb as a post, which is a source of much frustration, but also shows surprising areas of cleverness. I think I did pretty well with that.
However, I have to admit, writing a book means that I will never, ever, be completely happy with it. Writers are, often, also their own worst critics! If I listened only to what I think, you would never have the chance to read it. Other people, however, seem to think it's
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of the books that every time I try to suggest, I end up sounding like a complete fool.
Why? It's not that it isn't good, -far from it (it's really really good)- but the fact that its plot is a long epic journey.
Think of it like trying to explain the entire plot of your favorite book series to someone who doesn't even know the main characters. It gets confusing because both the setting and the characters change radically from the beginning to the end of the series, right? Now imagine
Mark Halse
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SWEET BLOODY FUCKING HELL! This book is just a little above breathtakingly amazing. The blurb of this book makes this sound like a modern Anne Rice novel but really vampirism seems like such a small part of the story.

NIGHTLORD: SUNRISE is like a modern, adult Narnia but instead of British siblings we get an American half vampire with a penchant for wizardry, a sarcastic dragon sword and a golem stallion as a main character. Still not convinced?

SUNRISE is written as a journal and thus is very co
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, the book I'm guessing is 1200-1800 pages long and I'm really hoping the author continues writing the sequel. The main character in this book reminds me of the main character in Demon Accords, except its mostly a medieval setting while at the same time taking place in present day. (sucked into an alt world) A lot of people cry out when the MC is considered OP, in this book the MC is definitely OP but has huge vulnerabilities (aka vulnerabilities of vampires/undeath) whose enemies try to ...more
Maria Mercedes The Oracle Reviews
Off the cuff without thinking about a review I can say that I love this book and hope for more. If you are looking for a vampire story filled with blood, gore the lust for power or even senseless sex, and then this isn’t the book for you.
Eric the reluctant vampire is some hero. A normal guy one day and a party later he’s a vampire. He takes this revelation well, much better than I would. He returns to his Vampire mother and falls deeply for her only to have her torn away from him. Eric wants re
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mich Must Read
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampire
I picked up Nightlord and put it down quite a few times. I saw such great reviews and I really wanted to get into it. This book is extremely detailed, but not in the right areas. The characters in here are two dimensional. I don’t “feel” anyone going through anything. The dialogue feels so casual through out that there is no weight in the story, no darkness, and there are some serious dark situations going on. Its like having a movie on in another room; you can here the dialogue, so you know wha ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only other book series I've read that is similar to this one is Name of the Wind. In both cases the male/female relationships don't seem to grow or develop in a realistic way and eventually it bothers me. More attention is paid to creating a spell and maybe that is the point of these books? I don't know. Because of his journey there isn't a lot of character development. I literally didn't remember the other characters names until the last 20% of the book because of this. I hope this book lai ...more
Sean Randall
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a rule, vampire stories are not my thing - the only ones, Dracula aside, that I could name with any certitude are Darren Shan and Edward Cullen. Although the narrative here isn't anything like the standard of Kvothe or even Fitz Farseer, it is still alluringly intriguing. I found myself thinking I really aught to find something a bit more diverting, yet still compelled to carry on and see what happened. There was something of James Galloway about the writing style, a sense that, even if the w ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Where to begin? I would like to say that I usually love fantasy reads, and a good number of vampire stories. I also enjoy when there is a new twist to a vampire read because let’s be honest, they can get kind of repetitive.

This one in particular does bring a certain new element to the vampire world. Along with needing to feed off of humans, Eric can perform magic. Oftentimes, he performs magic to heal and help others, which then in turn makes his character likable. However, and this is the tough
Susan Angela Wallace
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Night lord sunset by Garon Whited is a sci-fi and fantasy read.
Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact, he didn't even believe in them. Then he hooks up with a hot babe, wakes up with a hangover, and bites his tongue with his own fangs. 

Which pretty much settles the question. 

Now he's trying to hold down his day job while learning the rules of the Undead -- the most important being that bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts are a real bitch. 

Upside; Eric has the beautiful Sasha to teach h
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise of this story is pretty dope: a physics professor turned powerful vampire, seeks revenge for his murdered woman. (FYI - some people murdered the shit out of her) I am here for all of it.

Unfortunately, there really isn't a direct path to vengeance. I'm okay with that (not really), since there wouldn't be much of a story.. He has to understand his powers, accomplish certain tasks, meet people, excetera, excetera. Along the way, he makes stupid choices, and brushes it off with the excu
Cryogenic Fire
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this.

This was a Kindle Unlimited recommendation and to be honest, when I read the book blurb I was a little 'meh' about it, but decided to go ahead and give it a try and boy am I glad that I did!

It drew me in from the get go; from Eric's transformation into a vampire/nightlord, his efforts to square this and his new needs to living in modern society, through to his travel into an alternate medieval style universe where magic is considered normal, in pursuit of his unknown enemies and his s
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty good, needs editing.

Overall the story is a male Mary Jane story. The protagonist has a never ending supply of knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as a remarkable, nigh unbelievable, ability to process events quickly. He takes being turned into a vampire, drinking blood, magically sucking the life out of people, being trapped in another world, and learning magic without so much as a double take. Most of those are within the first 200 pages.

While the overall story is a good one, the pr
Chris Smolinski
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a good read, well listen. From start to finish you are on the edge of your seat. I cant wait to get into book 2.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
READ THIS BOOK! but only if you like beautifully written fantasy and vampires
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nightlord: Sunset by Garon Whited is the first book in this new series. In this book we are introduced to a character by the name of Eric. He has been leading an average life as a professor at a university enjoying the time teaching his students. After a fun night out with the guys having more than a few drinks he wakes up in a house with a woman that he does not know at all but he doesn’t feel any fear when he sees her. Instead he ends up spending a lot of time with her enjoying himself and goi ...more
If you are in the mood for an EPIC epic and love vampire adventures you should read this book! The story is convoluted and suspenseful though I found it to be a bit too slow and drawn out in places –particularly in the first half. At a staggering length of over 12,000 locations this tome was not a quick read for me. I almost gave up on it a few times as I worried about my increasing backlog of other queued books. I am glad I kept with it, however, because I truly enjoyed the latter half of the b ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Completely pointless. The author has no idea what he wants to do, so he does everything all at once. It comes out as a complete mess. It starts as an urban fantasy, then he gets bored and invents a portal to another world, medieval this time. And then he doesn't seem to settle at any one plot point. "where should I go now? I am supposed to be doing that one thing, but I guess for now I will go right", and right he goes, stumbling upon bandits or whatnot. And then he stumbles upon something else, ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nightlord: Sunset is the first book of the Nightlord Series. Eric is a school teacher and engaged to marry Terri. She ends their relationship and calls off the wedding suddenly. His friends take him out drinking to cheer him up and so he can try to get over Terri. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a strange bed and he can’t remember how he got there. Then the beautiful Sasha greets him with a huge breakfast. She thinks that Eric is her long-dead husband reincarnated because he promised ...more
Servius  Heiner
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jordan Steinhoff
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
There's a lot wrong with this book. Often cheesy dialog, no particular depth to many of the characters. A lot of exposition that, while interesting, is not really needed.

However, it all comes together to be greater than the sum of its parts. This is an excellent start to an epic story. There's balance between action, intrigue and world building. All the characters have their times to shine.

An epic evil needs a smackdown and Eric, though he doesn't know it, is just the man to do it. What sometime
Caley Meikle
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beginning to an awesome story. The author is currently working on the next book, and with a clear end. according to the author, in sight, i love this story. Its about a computer science teacher that unexpectedly gets turned into a vampire. In short time an event happens in which he must go after the people that are hunting him. This leads to him going down the rabbit hole to a world where magic, evil, and the gods play.

Its a really great story. So far its my favorite book of all time.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The story twist on the usual vampire genre. The vampire in question wasn't someone competent, not a hero of any sort, but more like a geek. As the story went on, he exhibited traits that you would expect from your standard military fiction hero, as if he's someone trained in the navy, with all the skills of an operative, with lots of magical twists, which begs the question of where one genre ends and where the other started.

All in all, it was an interesting read. Some pages were so involving, so
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book incredibly fascinating, it is so well written and Sean Rennett is an awesome narrator, I would love to take a walk around in the imagination of Garon Whited, I'm sure it would be a place full of deep dreams and magic.
The story follows the life of a mortal who get's turned into a vampire, he is a good guy, does some bad things but his inherent good nature leads him back to basically being a good guy who does the right thing when given a chance, sometimes his path to doing the r
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wait a minute... (view spoiler)

I really thought because of the length of the novel, and the description in the blurb that I wouldn't like this novel. But I'm really enjoying it.

Is this a plot hole? (view spoiler)
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a bad novel. Another vampire story but this time the protagonist is also a wizard and a knight which is kind of interesting. A professor who somehow stumbles into becoming a vampire or a nightlord and then seeks revenge in another realm through a portal. He winds up in another world or reality which is similar to our medieval period in Europe. He deals with noblemen, wizards, magicians, witches, demons and dragons while seeking revenge against a cardinal in a powerful church. Everything he d ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid Portal Fantasy

Solid Portal fantasy. Person from the real world is transported to a fantasy realm, gets powers, and exploits their modern knowledge.

The book does a good job forcing the modern person to consider the viewpoints of a pre enlightenment society.

There are a bunch of satisfying "stand up and cheer" moments.

However, the author pulls his punches towards the end. So the climax had the problem from fan fiction where things never really get bad enough to make the ending feel especially
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Garon Whited was supposedly born in 1970, but the original birth certificate is suspiciously unavailable and other records do not agree. After spending some years in college playing role-playing games, he finally settled down into a steady job working with computers—and still plays role-playing games. He finally joined a radicalized group of jellyfish-herding nomads. Having fought zombie dolphins, ...more

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“Within this work are places where you will see I have done some unforgivably stupid things; here I can say only that I am not perfect.  Throw stones if you must, but have a care for your own house!  I also offer a part-excuse, part-explanation:  I am subject to influences from my most recent meals.  I have not edited those parts to make myself seem better than I am; they stand as they were written.” 1 likes
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