Blood On The Moon (The Daywalker Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Blood on the Moon" is another vamp novel in a sea of plenty of competitors. It's nothing unique, but like Ms. Liu's latest, DeSilva takes her game up with strong writing and some new devices that keep it original.
The action starts the instant we're introduced to our protagonist - Alegria, a supernatural species consultant in Singapore. She receives a parcel that contains a ring...and a severed finger. Her sister's finger to be precise. Upon examination of the package's origin, Algeria is determined to rescue her sis from the kidnappers in Sleet City.
All this sounds well and good and makes for an Eh-Eh story. The real superstar here is Sleet City. Much like China Meiville's New Corbuzon (in Perdido Street Station) the city is the real gem here. S.M. DeSilva illustrates a seedy locale that's plunged into dystopian debauchery. Hollywood runs part of the game; Organized (or in many cases, disorganized) crime runs the rest. Of course, weres and vampires have "come out of the closet" (a theme that needs to be improved upon in these books; it's becoming a little uoriginal) and are now all the craze. Still, cliched as it may seem, Sleet City is a pretty radical creation.
What's good: The action and pacing are top notch. S.M. DeSilva wastes no time applying foot to the pedal and accelerating. The pacing doesn't let up. It's kind of like S.M. DeSilva wants thisto be made into a movie, and wants those that read it to read it like a movie. Well, mission accomplished (though, not without a cost...see below).
Also, the afforementioned Sleet City is a wonderous creation.
While not terribly original, the overall story offers some touches that we've not yet seen. Rather than spilling the beans, these touches are best discovered for yourself. And when you do, they're nice surprises.
What's bad: The writing isn't bad, but the action comes fast and furious and because of that some other areas suffer. The narrative, for example, suffers in some areas that are far more focused on action and less on character...or in a flip, too much on character when it's been action all around (does that make any sense, 'cause after re-reading the sentence I'm not sure it does). However, the dialogue isn't bad, so my literary assessment may just be nitpicky.
The other thing (my only other complaint) is a handful of paragraphs that make up the Prologue. It was out of place and pointless, as it's explained within Chapter One. Still, a very minor detail that did not distract from an otherwise worthy book.
S. M. De Silva does not deliver anything entirely new regarding the mythos of the vampires and werewolves. In the novel, Vampires and Werewolves have made themselves well known to the world and no surprise that they have installed themselves in places of power and fame, because why else would we care for them if they hadn't tricked the normal clueless humans into some unknowing level of worship. There are still the clans and the constant back and forth battle between the two species used as a background for so many other stories, but none of that was necessary here because de Silva created a third side for the battle. S.M. De Silva created an entire landscape of both beauty and horror with but two words: Sleet City. The name itself creates an overlying impression of the beauty and horrors that could possibly be found there. It is the city and the little details that are garnered that provide the reader with the realization that the City can swallow the characters whole without a bit of care. This is the new stomping ground for horror aficionados to use as the settings for their stories. It harbors both the beautiful and the grotesque monsters. It is the true character of Blood on the Moon and perhaps the best thing that De Silva could have given us in telling the first chapter of her Daywalker Chronicles.
I will not give away any specific details of the story that you cannot already procure from the other Editorial and Reader reviews. I will only say, that if S.M. De Silva continues to provide us with novels such as this, than she will quickly overtake the likes of Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephenie Meyer, and the others who have taken the teeth out of the horror genre.