Saturday, February 5, 2011

Review: Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer

Title: Shadow of the Sun
Series: Timeless #1
Author: Laura Kreitzer
Available: Now
Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: YA

4 out of 5 Stars

Description from Goodreads:

Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, 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. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her.

As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won't see coming. 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 only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.

My thoughts:

This book was one long and intense ride, with an emphasis on the long. The complex world paired with the author’s very descriptive writing style made for one B.A.B (big ass book). Sometimes this can be a hindrance, but that wasn’t the case with the Timeless series debut. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading Shadow of the Sun.

Gabriella has the coolest job ever as a supernatural specialist. She gets to prove or disprove possible cases of the supernatural. Her specialty is what brings her in contact with three dead bodies that are doing some pretty hinky things (like regenerating). The three bodies attract the attention of the FBI, and Gabriella finds herself having to accompany them to the FBI’s lab. On the way the plane goes down, and those bodies come back to life. Now she is thrown into a mystery years in the making that involves angels, demons, and loads of corruption. 

Along the way we meet Joseph, who I just love. He is an FBI agent, and a great ally for Gabriella. Gabriella also finds herself smitten with one of the beautiful boys that woke and saved her when the plane was plummeting towards earth. I think I might be smitten with a beautiful boy that saved me from certain death as well ;) Gabriella seems to be a little naive at times. I guess that goes hand in hand with her high IQ, and  the fact that she graduated from high school and college years before she really should have. She missed out on a lot of the growing up experiences “normal” kids were taking part in. Her intelligence made it difficult to fit in. She does have her adoptive sister, Jenna, and their relationship seems to be super special. 

This was a great series start. It is quite long, and the world building is pretty complex, but it sets up the series perfectly. It also has some pretty cool fight scenes involving hot guys and kick ass chicks. I’m always a sucker for a fantastic ending, and Shadow of the Sun ended beautifully. This is a series that can easily appeal to fans of both young adult and adult fantasy novels. The language is mild, and the sexual situations are quite tame. I’d recommend this if you enjoy books with angels, or a story of good vs. evil.

Laura Kreitzer on the web:

Books in this series:

Shadow of the SunSoul Stalker