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Sunrise: Pact Arcanum: Book Two Paperback – April 10, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in the Pact Arcanum Series

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Editorial Reviews


Four Stars out of Five. What is unforgettable about Sunrise is how artistically the author transcends genres to create a seamless marriage between horror, science fiction, fantasy, and gay literature.

--Lee Gooden, ForeWord Clarion Reviews

A sweeping fusion of fantasy elements, boiled to perfection.
--Kirkus Indie Reviews

Four Stars (out of Five). The world building in this novel is amazing! The complexity and layers of detail are truly a work of art.

--Jason Bradley, posted on Goodreads.com

Five Stars.  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.

--Scott, IndieBookBlogger

From the Author

This 2nd edition is supplanted by the Revised 3rd edition, available at amazon.com/Sunrise-Pact-Arcanum-Arshad-Ahsanuddin/dp/1479324493

Book Two of the gay vampire saga Pact Arcanum; Revised 2nd edition.

Search on "Pact Arcanum" to find all the books in the series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456358448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456358440
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,364,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By profession, I am a hematopathologist, a laboratory physician who specializes in diagnosis of diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukemia and lymphoma.

The Interscission Project is space opera/time travel/gay romance. My previous works are part of an unrelated paranormal romance series, the Pact Arcanum Saga, which consists of five books: Sunset, Cathedral of the Sky, Sunrise, Moonlight, and Starlight. It is best described as non-explicit, near-future gay vampire space opera. Yes, I realize the irony that I am a blood doctor who writes about vampires. ;)

Note: While each series conforms to standard conventions regarding the romance genre overall, I do not guarantee an HEA or HFN ending to any individual book within the series.

Visit my website PactArcanum.com, for more information about my work.

Customer Reviews

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This is a review of the second Kindle edition of March 2012.
It seems that a third Kindle edition, incorporating the novella "Radiant Burn", formerly published separately, has been published.
I could not find it on Amazon, nor was it possible to update my Kindle with this new third edition. Neither was it possible to purchase a third edition separately.
Now, I own both this second volume and the separate novella but it would be nice to possess the final edition.

A second editorial complaint is that this second book should really have been published before the first.
I realise that the plot of book one may represent a better introduction to the series, but reading this volume after the first was like watching episode one of a TV serial AFTER having watched episode two: the two timelines are far too close and the reader is forced to make continuous adjustments to keep the general plot straight.

It is worth the effort, though.

The flaws and assets of "Sunset" (and of the 1.5 novella, "Cathedral in the Sky") are to be found here as well.

Plot and characterization are not entirely watertight:
- there are some transitions which appear a bit contrived or less than logical;
- there are moments where my rational mind, educated to search for a cause/effect even in fiction, balked a little;
- there are no blatant errors or inconsistencies, but one may have the impression that the author is choosing the path of least resistance;
- on a personal level I disliked the explicit mysticism Mr Ahsanuddin's supernatural lore is based on, but of course this is just personal taste.

On the other hand there are two undeniable assets such as the ability to set a quick pace and that of building wondrous melodramatic climaxes.
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4.5 stars
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.
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To see full review with formatting and links, please click on my name and follow the link from my profile to my blog, Now is Gone.

Please note: I originally read and reviewed this book in August of 2011. I have since become a beta-reader for Arshad Ahsanuddin and the book I just re-read is the prospective 3rd edition for the paperback edition. Minimal changes to the review are designed to bring this into line with my current reviewing standards.

Disclosure: The original review was done on an ebook edition (1st edition) that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Sunrise, the action-packed second book in the groundbreaking vampire saga by Arshad Ahsanuddin, again amps up the bloodlust, desire, supernatural powers, and conflicting passions that converge--and clash--in this world torn by warring factions of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans. This inventive foray into the homoerotic world of humans and vampires is certain to stir the senses of those enthralled by the genre. This prequel to Sunset charts the rise of the Armistice, as Takeshi, Anaba, and Rory realize their supernatural destinies and embark upon a fantastical foray into a netherworld where vampires and vampire hunters war by night.

It is the year 2015 in San Francisco, and three musicians of the band Nightfall are out celebrating the long-awaited triumph of their debut album. Their fates are forever changed when a sudden attack in a deserted alley propels them into a millennia-old battle that tries their allegiances and changes the very nature of their beings.
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