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.