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When Princess Amelie of Amborix is murdered by magical means, Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard are called in by the FBI. Their job is to help solve the crime while keeping the non-magical world from discovering the existence of the Wizard Council. During their investigation, Annie and Cham discover that Princess Amelie’s death is connected to a series of other crimes in the Chicago area. A larger plot involving, a vampire, a rogue wizard and an army of soul-less zombies is revealed, but can Annie and Cham discover who is responsible before The Day of First Sun?
Firstly, I'd like to thank Novel Publicity, Emlyn Chand and Sheryl Steines for allowing me the opportunity to read and review The Day of First Sun, and also for including me in this fantastic tour. This book is amazing in every way, and I fumbled for days with how to express, in words, the brilliance and talent of Ms. Steines. My only hope is that my review will do her book justice
"The myth told on a time in which the sun did not come out and the beasts continued to enter and freely roam our planet. Several more centuries later, a brave witch fought a second battle on the sacred land and won, closing the portal forever. The battle was said to have happened on September 1, which was soon named the Day of First Sun, as once the threshold was closed, the sun came out again. It had been too late. The Earth was now overrun with supernatural evil."
Murder, mystery, magic and mayhem…yes, this book has it all. Rogue wizards, nasty vampires and a political conspiracy to overthrow the Wizard Council makes for an action-packed story that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
From the very beginning of this book it is evident that Annie Pearce is a fierce, kick-ass character who doesn’t seem to have a fear for anything. As a Wizard Guard, Annie is used to hunting vampires, demons and every other type of supernatural evil. When her team is called in to investigate the murder of a non-magical princess, they are drawn further into a web of lies and deceit. The princess’s boyfriend is a wizard on the run, and when Annie and her partner, Cham, find him they get more than they bargained for, because Jordan Wellington just happens to be holed up with an evil vampire; one they have been hunting for weeks. But what is the connection between the vampire Sturtagaard, and the murdered princess? And what secrets is Jordan hiding?
Annie and Cham, have to work as fast as possible to uncover the truth behind the princess’s murder, even if it means striking a bargain with Sturtagaard, and protecting Jordan from a rogue black magic wizard. Each step of the investigation reveals more of the dark conspiracy that goes far beyond simple murder. But will they be able to stop the evil plan set in motion, or will darkness once again reign supreme?
There is really so much I enjoyed about this book. The characters for one, although magical, are so real, and I often felt like I was walking right beside Annie and Cham as they fought to reveal the mystery of who was behind everything that was happening. Although all fingers point directly at an evil rogue wizard named Wolfgange Rathbone, I couldn’t help wondering if there was more to the story. Was he in cahoots with someone from the Wizard Council, and why?
There is always this feeling that not everything is as it seems and just when I started to settle in to the plot, it would take an unexpected turn which lead to even more surprises, raising more questions about what was really going on. I love plots that have twists and turns, where the truth is always just out of reach and the bad guy always seems to be one step ahead of the good guys. it raises the tension and builds up that hope that good will conquer evil in the end.
Another element I really loved about this book was the involvement and development of each character. Annie is the MC, but Ms. Steines gives insight into each character, no matter how small their role in the story. I was able to understand why they were the way they were or why they acted the way they did. I also really loved the development of Annie and Cham’s relationship. It wasn’t this instant, love-at-first-sight kind of love. It was genuine, and grown on friendship and years of getting to know each other; A love built on trust and understanding.
Overall, this book was exciting and so enthralling that I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend it to all readers of dark paranormal mysteries, but I think even readers who love a good political mystery can enjoy its paranormal theme.
So I give it a resounding …
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