"Powerful vampire tale"
Less than a decade ago, the human and vampire population
went to war with the result that millions of humans died
and the geo-political structure of the world changed.
Rae "Sunshine" Seddon loves living a mundane life baking
delicious confections for her family's café in New Arcadia.
She pretends that vampires only in exist in the pages of a
book until she goes out one night to her grandmother's
deserted cabin. When she wakes up, she is surrounded by a
group of vampires. They take her to a deserted mansion
where a vampire is manacled to the wall. The vampires
chain her to a wall close to Con and offer her up to him as
a meal. He refuses to take her blood and Sunshine draws
upon the powers she inherited from her father to escape
before the vampires come back. Sunshine has suppressed
memories of working spells and transmuting for years.
Suddenly she is thrust into an unheard of alliance with a
vampire to defeat his species that had taken them prisoner.
The protagonist experiences one trauma after another as she
comes to terms with her attraction to and trust of a
vampire while learning to use the powers she has forgotten
she possessed. Robin McKinley is an excellent world
builder and innovative storyteller who insures her readers
believe that vampires actually exist and control large
parts of the world's geography and financial wealth. Fans
of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will not want to miss
the very special SUNSHINE.
Review for original Hardcover edition: Berkley Pub
September 30, 2003 -
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 15, 2003