Book Review: The Eyes of the Sun

“The Eyes of the Sun” is an engaging story about vampires and vampire hunters. However, it’s not a world were vampires are born, but rather created through genetic manipulation. It’s a fun twist to add to the vampire genre.Through the engineering of an old organization – The Eyes of the Sun – vampires are running amok and quietly asserting their influence throughout the world … mostly quiet that is.

Yet – with every manipulation humanity tries to force on nature, nature responds and balances out the equation. There is also the existence of an enzyme in the blood of some people which is deadly to the vampires.

In the middle of this tenuous balance exists Lucy Soriano, who finds out that not only is she a vampire, but she also carries the deadly enzyme in her blood.

And so the stage is set as the hunters ply their trade against the vampires, and learn just how deep the influence The Eyes of the Sun have become.First off, I enjoyed the settings of the story very much. The first half of the book takes place in New Orleans and then moves to Paris in the second half. The gothic nature of the cities serves to create an eerie and effective backdrop.

It also has a colorful cast of characters and the main character, Lucy, is a capable and appealing heroine. No only does she suddenly learn that she is part of these two bizarre worlds, but she is trapped right in the middle. How she copes and deals with this is a strong theme which drives
the story to its satisfying conclusion.

If I had to nitpick about something, I would say that because there are so many characters in the first half, sometimes the action and dialog gets a bit muddled in regards to who is saying and doing what – but again, that is a nitpick and didn’t detract in anyway. Once the story moves to Paris, and the scenes contain either two or three characters, the narrative is very strong and quite fun to read.

Finally, the development and arc of Lucy and her relationship with Andre is deftly handled. It doesn’t move to fast and never crosses the lines of predictable or cliché. I enjoyed that thread of the story the most.

“The Eyes of the Sun” is a strong opening to this series and would recommend giving it a try.

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