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A Shadow on the Sun Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B017RZ4FIS
- Publication date : November 8, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2294 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 250 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1092291350
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #531,818 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I suppose that if I overlooked all of that, then I might be able to think better of the story, but then there's the matter of the main characters. Theryn is extremely childish, clearly spoiled, and very annoying. The way he constantly pushed Lyar, a man with a notoriously bad temper, only proved his immaturity and made me grow to dislike him. Atrum, while understandably both a faithful servant & in love with Theryn, acted more on impulse than on common sense, almost getting himself killed on more than one occasion and making himself look like an idiot. A moron and a brat do not make a good couple. Lyar was more difficult to figure out; you could never be 100% sure whether his intentions were purely evil or just misinformed and misguided. It was never truly known until at least 85% in. By then I was ready for it to be over with. Unanswered questions: Why couldn't Theryn tell his family the truth in the end, could they not be trusted? Did he not want to go home again? What exactly happened to Lyar and Leor in the end? Where did they go, and why weren't the readers told? Could the author not decide? Why on earth would you have Lyar and Leor's name be so similar? What happened to Lyar's father and Lyar's kingdom when Lyar left?
The relationship built between the two young men was enjoyable, pleasant and cute with the right amount of heat thrown in. Both Theryn and Atrum have their own endearing features, though the characterizations did fall into tropes sometimes. Strong and silent, beautiful and flighty, friends-to-lovers but with enough deviations and good writing to make them feel natural instead of like cardboard cut-outs.
Throughout the book, as much as I wanted the two protagonists to have their happy ending (and they do, no worries here), the honest-to-god most interesting character is the antagonist, Lyar. He’s much older than his betrothed, Prince Theryn, and his moods oscillate wildly, but in a way that seems to indicate that the author put thought into making him a complex villain. Lyar never feels like the product of a forced conflict or lazy writing, instead he feels like a man who truly has to balance an internal darkness, his own trauma, and what may be a large dose of madness. He has moments of cruelty and kindness and the reader struggles to ascertain his motives and true nature just as much as Theryn and Atrum do. There are times where it’s easy to forget that he’s forced Theryn’s hand in marriage by threatening to destroy his homeland and has some nefarious scheme up his sleeve and there are even times when the reader wonders whether or not Theryn will fall for his trap, or if it’s even a trap at all. The tension here teeters deliciously and the ending isn’t overly predictable.
The plot also moves along nicely and limits the secondary characters to a few key players that aid the action or are meaningful to the protagonists. It sticks to the plot but doesn’t sacrifice character development or worldbuilding. It has tender moments and brisk bouts of action, as well as mystery and sleuthing. The danger in the book feels real and the reader actually worries for the fate of the protagonists, as the author’s made it clear that things could easily go astray for the protagonists and the world as a whole.
That being said, sometimes the stakes for the book feel a little too high, but the overall story makes up for the possibly pending end of the world. Overall, it’s a pleasantly tense read, sweet but tinged with uncertainty and darkness.
I had mixed feeling with this book. On the one hand, I liked both Theryn and Atrum as the MCs. I found parts of the story to be engrossing. I think what I didn’t like was the whole religious aspect of it. The whole business of the Light and Life, Dark and Void just didn’t interest me, and I found it very tedious. I also found the ending to be a bit unsatisfying. As far as the bonus story at the end, I didn’t read it. I didn’t like Lyar as a character and felt no need to read any story told from his perspective. Maybe if it told of events that occurred after the end of the story I may have read it because I was curious to find out what happened to him, but other than that I had no interest. Overall, the story was okay. I just don’t see myself re-reading it in the future.
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If you like fantasy worlds and magic then give this book a try.
You can't help but root for them even the 'evil' ones, because they all have motives that are understandable.