Laurie Bowler adds another novel to the vampires-in-love genre with Sunrise to Sunset. Like other vampire tales, this novel is long, filling 312 pages before Nessy finally finds a way to live with her divided nature and avoid “dim-witted” moves. The author includes new twists on old legends, with ancient enemies of vampires being the more feline Gulon rather than traditional werewolves. And there are modern touches with scientific investigation of DNA conducted by a cold-handed man.
The story opens with Nessy awaking from sickness, her memories lost and a curious burning in her throat. The author uses fractured sentences, portraying the protagonist’s confusion as strangers she feels for but can’t quite remember whisper urgently in her ears. All too soon however, or too suddenly, memory returns and introspection leads to repeated scenes that fill dreams and are then described in detail to the audience. Nessy has a backstory that’s revealed in memory and conversation, and an age that’s never quite made clear. At one point a young man comments that “you might have called it betrothed… back in your time” when talking of his girlfriend, though the events he describes are “a very long time ago,” suggesting even girlfriend is an outdated term.
The author conveys much of the tale through rapid conversation, though awkward phrasing and repetition slow things down, while Nessy’s mercurial nature, blamed on DNA, makes her seem oddly unreliable as a narrator. My analytical side remains unconvinced of DNA that “kept evolving itself,” but the plot includes some nice characterization as rules of coven clash with care for villager and friend; strangers die and loyalties are tested; battles, and hormones, rage; and plans are laid aside leading to a final, wild confrontation. It might be interesting to see where Nessy’s DNA takes her in later books of the series, or better still, to start reading with book 1, Moon Rising, before reading book 2.
Disclosure: I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Nessy awakes from her unconscious state, with no memory of who she is or her purpose in life. Charles struggles as he tries to provide her with as much information as he can about herself. Saddened and concerned, he eventually tells her about her former life, and true immortal state. Dismayed, a still unconvinced Hera takes Nessy back to the past in the form of the Gulon. There she meets other Gulons who had come to their aid, along with the covens that were gathered, hoping to glimpse their new queen and ruler of the underworld, little does Nessy realise that person is her!
The continued threat and battles from the detested and sinister Tellis coven waged on, as they joined forces with a vicious and blood thirsty coven known for their violent massacres and barbaric ways of feeding, in a desperate attempt to retain possession and control of their once dominance.
Nessy has to battle her adversaries in order to protect the human race from extinction. Moreover, she has to protect her title as Queen and ruler of not only vampiredom; but for the good of the immortal race and the mortals. With Charles, Hera and the Gulons, they must succeed despite Nessy’s loss of memory.