Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunlight and Shadow

By Cameron Dokey

In a time when the world was young and many things commonplace that are now entirely forgotten, the Mage of the Day, wed Pamina, the Queen of the Night, and this way was the world complete, for light was joined with darkness. Only the ending of time could tear them apart. In other words, in the days in which they were married, there was no such thing as divorce.

Thus begins the tale of Mina, a girl-child born on the darkest month of the year. When her father looked at her, all he saw was what he feared: By birth, by name, by nature, she belonged to the Dark. So when Mina turned sixteen, her father took her from shadow and brought her into sunlight.
In retaliation her mother lured a handsome prince into a deadly agreement: If he frees Mina, he can claim her as his bride.
Now Mina and her prince must endure deadly trials—of love fate and family—before they can truly live happily ever after…

This book was interesting as I started to read it, told from Mina’s point of view, then Lupins…then Statos, then Gayna, then Statos…holy freaking cow Cameron! It’s really hard to keep track of who’s talking and what’s going on, accordingly there isn’t much time for character development in this short novel. This story was lacking the usual deftness of Cameron’s other novels and really needed a larger scope if it was to be told in a better way. Too many P.O.V’s and shallow motives. Love at first sight I might believe if it’s backed with actions and real findings. It’s a tough sell for me though.

3 out of 5 for being average

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