on Aug. 13, 2011 :
This second book in the Pact Arcanum is a prequel to “Sunset,” providing us a more in-depth look at many of the events that led to the events in that novel. We see the origination of the Armistice, the early days of Nick’s career, his budding friendships and relationships that exist later in his life, his descent in the darkness of addiction and his friends’ attempts to help him rise back up again. We also get a bit more of a look at some of the players in the Court of Shadows, the Nightwalkers.
The Pact Arcanum is becoming a friend – the world and character-building that Arshad has put into this story is so amazing, I can’t even explain properly. You have to read it – it is so many things, so much more than a gay sci-fi vampire story. I won’t repeat the gushing from my review of “Sunset” - I can hope that you have read that review as well – but will say that this book is a worthy continuation of the series, and that it also comes with my highest recommendation.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on Aug. 7, 2011 :
Sunrise is the second novel in Arshad Ahsanuddin's Pact Arcanum series, although by time sequence, it actually serves as a prequel. Again, Ahsanuddin's world building is excellent, remaining neat and logical, with the origins of quite a few of the technological advances explained (well, sort of - it is fiction after all) . Indeed, other origins are also explained, particularly that of the Sentinels through the Pact Arcanum, and Rory's conversion to the Redeemer.
The novel also details many of the memory/dream/flashback sequences from the first novel, Sunset, as they happened, with much greater depth, successfully giving the reader a much deeper appreciation of the events, and making the depth of not only Nick's suffering clearer, but also of those around him, particularly Rory and Scott. Oddly though, despite all the pain clearly detailed, I remained slightly distant from the characters - I have yet to decide whether this is a good or bad thing, as some of the events are truly dark and bleak (continuing the theme of 'Magic requires Sacrifice') and I suspect I might have been overwhelmed by it at times, if not for the distancing effect. It is also odd, that although I knew what the end result of many of the scenes would be from having read Sunset, Ahsanuddin's writing still drew me into the story, keeping me enthralled, as each scene still somehow felt fresh or new.
I would definitely recommend this novel to those who enjoyed the first, as I found the details and explanations of events found in Sunset to be very satisfying. In fact, I think I will actually re-read Sunset before tackling the third novel in the series, Moonlight.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on July 17, 2011 :
This book serves as a prequel to the Pact Arcanum series, yet another well written book by Ahsanuddin.
He writes Sunset with the same eloquence .
Case in point, though it was a prequel and I knew how certain events were going to end, I was still enthralled and turning the pages in suspense for the outcome.
I believe that only a gifted author can do that.
While the action is less than Sunset, it is still a gripping and must read for all of you that enjoyed the first book as much as I did.
I think that it was actually a brilliant move to make Sunset the first book of the series, throwing you into the action to bait you and get you hooked.
This book will answer any questions you may have had and delves deeper into the relationships of all the characters and gives you more information on how exactly they came to meet.
Another great read!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on June 6, 2011 :
Sunrise by Arshad Ahsanuddin is the second book of the Pact Arcanum series. It is actually a prequel to the first book Sunset. This book goes more in depth into how Ana, Rory, Take, Nick, and Scott become meta humans. There are some passages that will be very familiar to anyone who has read the first book as the flashbacks from Sunset are done again in much greater depth. There is also much more detail into the history of the world and the creation of the meta human species (Daywalker, Nightwalker, and Sentinel). We are also shown what the Pact Arcanum is and how the ritual was used to to build the story. Another aspect of the meta humans that is revealed is an in depth look into the creation of the Alliance and the Triumvirate.
This books helps the readers to gain a much deeper understanding of the characters and their motivations and interactions. I was again sucked in by the great storytelling of Arshad, in a literary world that is overflowing with vampire nonsense these books stand out as unique and worthwhile reads. The third book Moonlight is in the last stages of editing before release and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for Nick and all the rest of the characters in this series.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)