- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1469990474
- ISBN-13: 978-1469990477
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,492,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Day of First Sun Paperback – February 2, 2012
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About the Author
Since the age of seven, Sheryl wanted to be a writer when she began writing her first detective story and several poems. Working toward her dream, Sherylstarted at the University of Iowa and transferred to Wright State in Dayton,OH, where she received a Bachelors in English. Unfortunately, events in herlife temporarily interfered with that dream. To pay bills, she started incustomer service and started writing technical manuals for a bankingorganization.
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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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.
I'm sorry to be a naysayer here, but I'm a bit surprised by all the rave reviews. First the good, I think the writer has real promise, the buildup to the story was good. I like how it begins with them in childhood and then transitions to when they were older. However that is where the problems started for me. The plot became disjointed, jumping around and leaving me wondering how things were connected. I understand using this as a plot device and building the separate story lines until they come together, but for that to work, the individual threads need to be strong enough on their own for us to understand, and more importantly, care about what is happening. My second gripe was the romance aspect. I felt like I was reading about junior high kids falling in love, not supposed adults. They've been friends all their lives, are in their twenties and suddenly there is sexual tension!?! I could accept it if they were both constantly in other relationships and were for the first time both available, but even then it seems unlikely that they never toyed with the idea before, and now spontaneous declarations of love, over the phone no less! Ugh! It would've been better to leave out the romance aspect completely than to do it this way. In the end, I gave up on this a third of the way through. The writing was very simplistic, the plot so-so, and the romance bad. I think the writer would be better off trying their hand at older children's fiction. Fun, fantasy, interesting, but simpler writing and no romance. Thankfully I got this from the free list, so only my time was lost. If you loved the book, fantastic, more power to you! But, sadly it was not for me.
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.
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