Monday Book Review: Sunset (Pact Arcanum Book 1)

Sunset (Pact Arcanum Book 1)  Book One of the scifi vampire saga Pact Arcanum.  by Arshad Ahsanuddin

Downloaded as a free Kindle ebook. What caught my attention was the title, sword and blue flame. Arshad does a great job, even catching my attention when sci-fi, vampires, shapeshifters, interdimensional realities are really not my areas of interest. The book doesn’t start until chapter 11–the first ten reads as if it was written by someone else, separate from the rest of the book. The first 10 chapters are awkward, challenging to read and understand, easily could have been left off.

The book’s vampires and other creatures aren’t so hokey or emotional like you read in other sci-fi books. There is a level of maturity one expects in an adult fiction book. Even there are elements of gay sex, there aren’t any explicit sex scenes as in some romances, maybe allusions, but readable. What I did find unbelievable is that one of the main characters ‘turns sexuality’ just because the protagonist is so ‘awesome’.

The plot, being sci-fi, is hard to say if it is reality, but is a good read, nonetheless.  I’m not up on dimensional realities, but I suppose they could be real, just as vampires choosing dark/light sides and getting souls back by a ‘Redeemer’.  The writing was just so good, that I had to finish the novel. And by novel, I mean nearly 500 pages. Arshad knows how to weave a tale, ensnare the reader and make us care about what happens.

Good Job, I would give 4 stars.

By Brick ONeil

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    1. The other reviews were correct that the book has a R-E-A-L-L-Y slow start but does pick up around the middle of the book. The writing is clear, concise but maybe too so in the beginning. At times I had to re-read passages as characters and plot are too confusing. Overall, it was a good read.

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