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Sunrise: Pact Arcanum: Book Two Paperback – April 10, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in the Pact Arcanum Series

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Four Stars out of Five. What is unforgettable about Sunrise is how artistically the author transcends genres to create a seamless marriage between horror, science fiction, fantasy, and gay literature.

--Lee Gooden, ForeWord Clarion Reviews

A sweeping fusion of fantasy elements, boiled to perfection.
  
--Kirkus Indie Reviews

Four Stars (out of Five). The world building in this novel is amazing! The complexity and layers of detail are truly a work of art.

--Jason Bradley, posted on Goodreads.com

Five Stars.  I was again sucked in by the great storytelling of Arshad, in a literary world that is overflowing with vampire nonsense these books stand out as unique and worthwhile reads.

--Scott, IndieBookBlogger

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This 2nd edition is supplanted by the Revised 3rd edition, available at amazon.com/Sunrise-Pact-Arcanum-Arshad-Ahsanuddin/dp/1479324493

Book Two of the gay vampire saga Pact Arcanum; Revised 2nd edition.

Search on "Pact Arcanum" to find all the books in the series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456358448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456358440
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,160,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a review of the second Kindle edition of March 2012.
It seems that a third Kindle edition, incorporating the novella "Radiant Burn", formerly published separately, has been published.
I could not find it on Amazon, nor was it possible to update my Kindle with this new third edition. Neither was it possible to purchase a third edition separately.
Now, I own both this second volume and the separate novella but it would be nice to possess the final edition.

A second editorial complaint is that this second book should really have been published before the first.
I realise that the plot of book one may represent a better introduction to the series, but reading this volume after the first was like watching episode one of a TV serial AFTER having watched episode two: the two timelines are far too close and the reader is forced to make continuous adjustments to keep the general plot straight.

It is worth the effort, though.

The flaws and assets of "Sunset" (and of the 1.5 novella, "Cathedral in the Sky") are to be found here as well.

Plot and characterization are not entirely watertight:
- there are some transitions which appear a bit contrived or less than logical;
- there are moments where my rational mind, educated to search for a cause/effect even in fiction, balked a little;
- there are no blatant errors or inconsistencies, but one may have the impression that the author is choosing the path of least resistance;
- on a personal level I disliked the explicit mysticism Mr Ahsanuddin's supernatural lore is based on, but of course this is just personal taste.

On the other hand there are two undeniable assets such as the ability to set a quick pace and that of building wondrous melodramatic climaxes.
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4.5 stars
Sunrise is the second novel in Arshad Ahsanuddin's Pact Arcanum series, although by time sequence, it actually serves as a prequel. Again, Ahsanuddin's world building is excellent, remaining neat and logical, with the origins of quite a few of the technological advances explained (well, sort of - it is fiction after all) . Indeed, other origins are also explained, particularly that of the Sentinels through the Pact Arcanum, and Rory's conversion to the Redeemer.

The novel also details many of the memory/dream/flashback sequences from the first novel, Sunset, as they happened, with much greater depth, successfully giving the reader a much deeper appreciation of the events, and making the depth of not only Nick's suffering clearer, but also of those around him, particularly Rory and Scott. Oddly though, despite all the pain clearly detailed, I remained slightly distant from the characters - I have yet to decide whether this is a good or bad thing, as some of the events are truly dark and bleak (continuing the theme of 'Magic requires Sacrifice') and I suspect I might have been overwhelmed by it at times, if not for the distancing effect. It is also odd, that although I knew what the end result of many of the scenes would be from having read Sunset, Ahsanuddin's writing still drew me into the story, keeping me enthralled, as each scene still somehow felt fresh or new.

I would definitely recommend this novel to those who enjoyed the first, as I found the details and explanations of events found in Sunset to be very satisfying. In fact, I think I will actually re-read Sunset before tackling the third novel in the series, Moonlight.
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The major problem I had was an ending that made no sense to me. A new character is introduced as someone's partner who appears
out of the blue. WT....There's no background history or what ever happened to one of the main character's previous lover. It completely
throws me for a loop. I even went back to the story to find a hint of this guy who is married to Nick. Did I miss something?

And than there is unrequited love over two sets of guys playing music together. When one of the set does show interest the guy now is
stuck on someone else he can't get. Is this getting confusing? I guess u get my drift.

Frankly, I did enjoy SUNSET and didn't hesitate to recommend it. However, SUNRISE did not make sense because of gaps,
inconsistencies(I couldn't over look) and questionable romantic attachments. Yes, the background fillers had some merit but
the outcome was a disappointment.
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By Renee on December 24, 2014
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This entire book (except for the epilogue) is a complete flashback for things that happened and briefly described in book one. While it was nice getting to know the characters better I was a little disappointed in this book. I think I would have enjoyed it better if I'd read it before the first book. Still enjoyable but why is this book two?
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This series just makes me so happy. Gay Vampire Space Opera with the focus on the Space Opera and Vampire and not the Gay, which is still present but accepted as completely normal. It is just so nice to see a gay science fiction story where the emphasis is not on the relationships, though they are clearly present, but on the action and adventure and none of that is skimped on nor is the characterization. This is a good series.
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