Week 14: Sheryl Steines’ The Day of First Sun

Alrighty, for this week I decided on throwing in a little change up, hope you don’t mind. 🙂 No, it’s not science fiction, romance, or a biography but it’s something far more entertaining. Give up? Paranormal/fantasy. My second and tied for first love when it comes to literature. I’m sure this isn’t a surprise as my tastes tend to be all over the map but it what makes things fun. lol With that being said, I hope you enjoy my review of Sheryl Steines’ The Day of First Sun.

I have to admit, I got this book because my wife raved about it and talked me into it. There, now that the blame game is finished we can get started (Love you dear :)). I’ve always been a fan of the supernatural with some of my favorite stories being The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Dracula as well as a love for books, shows, and movies about them and witchcraft (ie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Forever Knight, Charmed, Harry Potter). With that being said the thing that struck me most about The Day of First Sun wasn’t its similarity to any of those in particular but the combination of them. Let me explain.

While reading the novel, I could understand and see various parts of each within it. The organization and infrastructure of the magical community reminded me of the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter with their own police force and remaining separate while intertwined with our real world. In that way, the author avoided the often chaotic circumstances from the Charmed universe.

Speaking of Charmed, the book reminded me of the series because of the potions they made to heal and vanquish demons as well as the Book of Shadows that witches and wizards have to help them in the fight against evil. Like in the show, the two worlds are kept separated except for the occasional non-magical person learning of their existence in which case their memories would be modified or they’d be brought into the fold to help.

Citing Buffy the Vampire Slayer as her original antithesis, I expected a blonde (duh right?) slaying vampires and saving the world. I wasn’t too off with that but I think the largest contribution was the idea of Girl Power. The protagonist struggles through realizing the love of her life, both of them being in extreme danger, and the murder of her father in an effort to bring the bad guys to justice and let good triumph. While it wasn’t as clean and neat as that, the characters didn’t disappoint.

With this work, Sheryl Steines managed to bring a little of each of my favorite fantasy shows to the forefront and incorporated them in what I feel is a masterpiece. Yes, you heard me right and please keep in mind that‘s my opinion and I won‘t hold it against you if you disagree or call me names. To me, between her story telling and command of the world in which her characters live, I’d be surprised if one day she isn’t considered among the greats. I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to its sequels in the future.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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6 Responses to Week 14: Sheryl Steines’ The Day of First Sun

  1. Ed,

    I happened to go into my second email account today. It’s the one I only look at in the morning because I don’t use it for much. If it wasn’t for Google Alerts, I never would have come across your review of The Day of First Sun. I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing review! I sent my baby out into the world and I just never thought about where it might end up.

    I totally admit my influences were Harry Potter, Buffy and Charmed. They gave me something I was looking for when I read. And one day I decided I should write what I enjoy. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. It was a fabulous surpise to find your review. Thanks again.

  2. cpbialois says:

    Very cool. I look forward to reading it. Good luck. 🙂

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