3 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Shadow of the Sun
Series: Timeless, #1
Author: Laura Kreitzer
Release: Feb 22, 2010
Hardcover: 524 pages
My Copy: Blog Tour
Plot Synopsis Courtesy of Amazon.com:
Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn't given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate.
As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is around the corner.
Shadow of the Sun is a creatively vivid story about angels, soul catchers and guardians. Though I enjoyed the story, I felt like it was a bit wordy- very rich with details. The first 150 pages were extremely hard for me to get into. This could have been due to the wordy text or because I couldn't find myself enthralled with the characters.
Kreitzer's angels were extraordinary. I haven't read a novel yet with angels like them. They have wonderful back story, and I find that a lot of authors don't give well written history of their characters (which I love). And though I thought the bonds between the angels would annoy me- they actually added to the story.
So the first 150 pages were slow for me, but then the author seemed to have kicked it into high gear. The characters had depth, the action was fast paced and Kreitzer was dropping twists and turns to keep me flipping the pages. Gabriella evolved by the conclusion of the book to be refreshing and fierce - And who doesn't love a heroine that is extremely intelligent and courageous?
If you can stick out the first 100-150 pages and you're in love with angels, give Shadow of the Sun a try. The ending definitely left something to be desired so I can't wait to pick up the next one- Soul Stalker.
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