The Day of First Sun Paperback – February 2, 2012
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About the Author
After a 20th high school class reunion, Sheryl realized thatbecoming an author continued to be her lifelong passion. More and more shedaydreamed about characters, different story lines and the ongoing story of theWizard Hall Chronicles. The characters spoke to her. She wondered: What wouldthey do, how would they react and she finally pursued her passion.
The Day of First Sun is the first book of theWizard Hall Chronicles and was originally published in 2011. The book receivednotable recognition:
·No. 1 in Occult Genre, May 2012
·Kindle eBook of the Year Finalist, 2011
·Book of the Year on Globaltraveler.com 2011
The Day of First Sun has been rewritten with a new focus on thecharacters and the tenuous relationship between the magical and nonmagicalworld, it was republished in 2016. Black Market is the second book inthe Wizard Hall Chronicles was recently published in 2017. Sheryl also publisheda nonfiction book Introvert to Sales Goddess.
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While reading the novel, I could understand and see various parts of each within it. The organization and infrastructure of the magical community reminded me of the world of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter with their own police force and remaining separate while intertwined with our real world. In that way, the author avoided the often chaotic circumstances from the Charmed universe.
Speaking of Charmed, the book reminded me of the series because of the potions they made to heal and vanquish demons as well as the Book of Shadows that witches and wizards have to help them in the fight against evil. Like in the show, the two worlds are kept separated except for the occasional non-magical person learning of their existence in which case their memories would be modified or they'd be brought into the fold to help.
Citing Buffy the Vampire Slayer as her original antithesis, I expected a blonde (duh right?) slaying vampires and saving the world. I wasn't too off with that but I think the largest contribution was the idea of Girl Power. The protagonist struggles through realizing the love of her life, both of them being in extreme danger, and the murder of her father in an effort to bring the bad guys to justice and let good triumph. While it wasn't as clean and neat as that, the characters didn't disappoint.
With this work, Sheryl Steines managed to bring a little of each of my favorite fantasy shows to the forefront and incorporated them in what I feel is a masterpiece. Yes, you heard me right and please keep in mind that`s my opinion and I won`t hold it against you if you disagree or call me names. To me, between her story telling and command of the world in which her characters live, I'd be surprised if one day she isn't considered among the greats. I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to its sequels in the future.
No, this isn't Harry Potter all over again--but it has the magic, the kinship and the story of good overcoming evil that we've come to expect from JK Rowling and other fine fantasy authors--whether they be YA or Adult novels.
This is definitely an adult book, though older teens would enjoy it as well, I believe. Imagine a world where magic beings exist. Witches and Wizards that live among society in secret. In the world Steine created, the characters live in Modern Chicago. The Guard are there to keep the peace in the world and act as liaisons almost with the FBI.
The prologue gives the reader the setting in general or the story. We know it's going to have magical characters. I love magical beings. Witches, wizards, sprites and more. Oh, did I mention vampires? Only these vampires aren't ones you'll fall in love with.
Anne Pearce is partnered with Cham Chamsky, and they work for the Wizard Guard--the law enforcement agency that deals with all things magical.
When a human princess is murdered with absolutely no forensic evidence, Annie and Cham are called in to search for clues.
What cold have been a routine murder mystery with a tad bit of magic and romance tossed in was so much more.
The world is believable, The characters are three-dimensional and the writing is superb. This is a debut author, but you'd never know it. The story is fast paced and the action never stops.
It's a delightful blend of fantasy, urban fantasy, mystery and thriller all in one well-crafted book.
This is the first book in the series. I can't wait or book two!
The heroine needed to be more (tougher, smarter, etc). Her love interest needed to be more (more 'take charge', more romantic). The plot needed to be more.
The overuse of certain words in the novel (like 'smirked')' and the use of wrong words (like fourth vs forth and reign vs rein) didn't bother me as much as it did some reviewers--after a while you just tend to ignore them.
It's just that I couldn't seem to connect very well with the characters. I simply didn't care that much about them or their extremely lackluster romance. I am hoping that their personalities (as well as their relationship) improve in the next book.
Decent writing style, though, and the action towards the end of the book was good. I believe that the writer can make this series work, so I'll check out her next book, She Wulf, when I get the chance.
The whole first portion of the book dragged on, I almost gave up on it. The second half picked up a little, but it's not enough for me to continue with the series.
I thought it was going to be a grown up HP, but you might be better off reading HP again.