Hey everyone. These are a few book reviews of THE SUN-CHILD, my adult urban fantasy. Check it out 🙂
Very interesting novel!
I’m impressed that the author was able to create a new monster. A feat really, considering that nowadays we are rarely surprised. The monster (the sun child/ren) is one that is difficult to define. They are a type of anti-hero, being good and bad, who are recruited into their group to heal and kill on order. They are also capable of love and lust, as well as hatred and guilt.
The story is dark, the characters combative, and the language, in general, is aggressive. my type of reading 🙂
I’d definitively recommend this story for adults who like dark fantasy fiction.
The Sun Child tells the story of 22 year old Daniel Maze who belongs to a tribe of superhumans (for lack of a better word) known as the Sun Children with the ability to kill or heal (almost) at will. The Sun Children act as sentinels deciding if a human live needs to be saved or deserves death. While they mainly focus on healing, there is a catch: after every healing, a Sun Child must feed (a.k.a. kill) in order to restore his or her energy. The Sun Children have very strict rules that forbid them from killing innocents, and thus, there is no guilt accompanied by these killings. For the most part.
To make things complicated for the tribe, Sun Children are always on the lookout for Immortals, their enemy tribe. The Immortals are a tribe of super-humans immune to the Sun Children’s power gifted with unnatural super-strength who believe no one should have the power to decide who lives and who dies.
These two tribes exist all throughout the world, living in secret from humans. The story begins in modern-day Seattle where Daniel lives with his soulmate, Kismet, and the rest of his tribe in an underground city hidden from human view. Daniel soon begins to question his own kind and their motives when something unexpected happens and he soon finds himself on the run when Rafael, the narcissistic, power-hungry leader of his tribe learns that Daniel has the potential to become more powerful than he is. As Daniel is forced to leave behind the love of his life and everything he’s known, he’ll soon find himself discovering things about him and what he’s capable of (as well as forming an unlikely alliance with his enemies) that he would have never imagined were possible.
I loved this book because the plot was very unique, full of twists, and constant action. While I kept thinking I could predict the story there were little things that kept surprising me, and I am sure the author will continue the series with as much creativity and surprises. The story is short, concise and there is always something happening. While you don’t really get to know a lot of the characters very well, you do get to know Daniel quiet well and he’s a very interesting character. He´s more of an anti-hero – rebellious, volatile, angry, impulsive. Personally, I didn’t find him a very likeable character (which makes him that much more interesting), but he definitely is capable of growth. The idea of the two tribes (and everything in between) really add to the story, making you want to learn more about this secret world happening right underneath our noses.
It being a first book of course there are some things that can be improved – such as minor grammar errors, more character development for some of the secondary characters, and more detailed scenes (somethings things happen way too quickly), but I believe that this is something the author will develop more as the series continues.
Overall, a great read – quick, fun, and action-packed, I extremely recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy/fiction books!
– Ana Cecilia Ulloa
The Sun Child book is one of those books that is both enthralling and adequately paced. There is rich character developments, and a progressive and symbolic narrative. Daniel’s plight facing the dichotomy between good and evil, which at first hand can be seen as too similar of a motif in literature, is written in a riveting and compelling way. The author holds nothing back, and chapter after chapter my imagination was lost in her descriptions of the warring tribes that play as refreshing and original antagonists. Morality is both ambiguous and clear, evident yet hidden, and relative yet absolute.
A fully recommend read.