Sunset (Pact Arcanum: Book One)
Bloodlust, desire, supernatural gifts, and conflicting passions ignite on every page of Sunset, the groundbreaking vampire drama by Arshad Ahsanuddin. With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive new series unveils a scintillating, homoerotic world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future.
In Sunset, the first book in the Pact Arcanum series, the action starts in Los Angeles in the year 2040. The terrorist Medusa and her followers lay siege to a star-studded celebrity awards ceremony, complete with a nuclear bomb. One individual, the vampire Nicholas Jameson, must come forth in all his supernatural might to thwart the imminent mass destruction.
Nick, a Daywalker, serves in a supernatural society that exists in the shadows of human existence. When he takes on the terrorists, he exposes his powers and advanced technology that had been heretofore unknown to humanity. In the wake of the confrontation, the fragile peace between the races hangs perilously in the balance.
For tens of thousands of years, the vampires, called Nightwalkers, had been entrenched in a bitter feud with their enemies, the Sentinels, those born to destroy the Nightwalkers with magic and steel. The battle drew to a close once the Redeemer offered the two sides a new path, allowing the Nightwalkers to step back into the sunlight as Daywalkers, in return for giving up the sword.
It is incumbent on Nick to uphold the Armistice that exists among these tenuous factions. As conflict escalates for the imperiled Armistice, Nick must undertake whatever means necessary to secure peace for his family, friends, and the world as he knows it.
Can Nick overtake the dark forces and guide the humans and metahumans into coexistence? As clashes rage and desires smolder, Sunset offers a gripping tale of other-worldly intrigue certain to pique the passions of vampire fans and hot-blooded romance devotees alike.
The action in this book starts from the very moment you open the book. And it doesn’t let up until the very end.
It was a little heavy on the descriptions though. But since Arshad Ahsanuddin was building a new world, it was pretty much to be expected. In the next two books in the series, I feel there will be much less description needed since the world would have already been established.
The characters were wonderfully three dimensional. One of the great things about them was that the protagonists had a bad side to them and the antagonists also had some good. Because when you think about it, nothing is truly black or white and that comes across in this book.
I do have to give a small warning that there is a gay vampire romance in this book. So if you find that offensive, you might want to skip the book. However, it is extremely understated.
Sunset: Pact Arcanum: Book One (9781456354855): Arshad Ahsanuddin, Craig Payst: Books
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