Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Out of Print--Limited Availability.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Day of First Sun

4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Annie Loves Cham Series

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Out of Print--Limited Availability.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Sheryl Steines is equal parts driven, passionate and inspired. With a degree in English from Wright State University, Sheryl dedicates time everyday to her art. Her love of books and a quality story drives her to share her talent with her readers as well as make the time to talk to book clubs and students about her process. Sheryl has eclectic tastes and enjoys character driven novels. In her own writing, the Annie Loves Cham series is driven by her love of the characters and her desire to place them in totally new situations. She enjoys testing their mettle. Behind the wheel of her ’66 Mustang Convertible, Sheryl is a constant surprise. Her sense of humor and relatable style make her books something everyone can enjoy. Sheryl can be found on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog. She also encourages her readers to email her and let her know what you think of Annie and Cham!

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,464,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have to admit, I got this book because my wife raved about it and talked me into it. There, now that the blame game is finished we can get started (Love you dearJ). I've always been a fan of the supernatural with some of my favorite stories being the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Dracula as well as a love for books, shows, and movies about them and witchcraft (ie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Forever Knight, Charmed, Harry Potter). With that being said the thing that struck me most about The Day of First Sun wasn't its similarity to any of those in particular but the combination of them. Let me explain.

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.
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Perfect blende of fantasy and romance. If you are a lover of fantasy novels, you will get everything here - wizards, vampires, curses, brooms, ... you name it!

The plot! Amazing and well thought-out plot. Annie and Cham are friends for a very very long time like started their school together, same college and then got to the same job - in the Wizard Guard, yeah, you read that right. Wizard Guard is like FBI for the magical world. When a non-magical princess is murdered by magical means, Annie takes over this case, with her team, Cham, Gibbs and Spencer. They find various clues and suspects to the murder. Soon, they are on trail for a vampire and an irresponsible wizard. All the paranormal elements are satisfactorily explained and they are completely enjoyable. So, star 1 added!

Kick-ass heroine! Annie is one of those heroines, who walks around the world with a confidence and bravery. One thing I always fall for in a book, is a confident heroine. Annie shows courage, patience and kindness, whenever needed or necessary. I actually adored her, when she tortured the vampire, who was killing most of them in their country.

Well narrated! There are no sub-plots, only one main plot. But, the author has done a good job of delivering it to the readers, without boring them. The friendship between Annie's team is great. And Gibbs' character was both bad-ass, smart and adorable. Sometimes, we need such members in a team. And it was a long time now that I have read a book, where vampires are villains (you must see me swooning over JRWard's heroes, LOL!).

The start of the novel! Totally my taste..
Read more ›
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
The Cover
The cover of Sheryl Steines "The Day of First Sun" is simple enough, almost too simple. While the eyes are haunting, the athame hints at magic and the shading suggest intrigue - it does nothing more than betray the story within. Now before you jump down my throat, I mean nothing negative by this...exactly. I like the cover well enough, but nothing JUMPS out at me - I'm sad to say that if I saw this cover in the local bookstore it wouldn't motivate me to stop and pick up the book. Which, frankly is a shame because the story within is worth a comfortable read. I myself enjoyed taking the my Kindle Fire outside, Hershey the bunny in tow and sitting under a big tree in a camp chair with a gentle breeze swirling around me.

The Magic
The first thing that came to mind when I started reading "The Day of First Sun" is a mature version of Harry Potter. The story starts out by introducing us to Annie, her sister Samantha, Jason (Annie and Samantha's father) and a good portion of the Chamsky clan. This glimpse into the past gives us a delicious taste of the magic as we whisk along with a spirited broom race - which ends with 9 year old Annie... well you should read the book.

As the story progresses, we learn a few more things about the wizarding world Sheryl Steines has created. A Wizard Council which acts as the governing body, with the Wizard Guard to carry out measures much as the police do in the "non-magical" world are two key components threaded throughout the words Sheryl has crafted with care. We learn about various spells, charms, incantations and magical objects.

As I swiped each page I felt myself wanting MORE.
Read more ›
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews