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To Touch The Sun
I love a good vampire story as much as the next guy. In fact, they are one of my favorite sub genres-spanning the gauntlet from horror, to dark fantasy, to romance even. Whether it be films such as Blade, Underworld, Interview With The Vampire, or even Bram Stoker's Dracula-I find them all fascinating and wildly entertaining.
In literature, I have read many short stories featuring vampires. Recently, I have even started to dabble in the Stephen King graphic novels American Vampire. As far as full fledged novels go, those that I have read are much fewer. Pandora by Anne Rice was one of my favorites. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well written and engrossing our very own Joleene Naylor's Shades of Gray was.
So, it was with some trepidation that I endeavored to read To Touch The Sun. This will mark my third book that I have reviewed for Dagda Publishing. It was actually sent to me by Dagda in the same email as All Hail The New Flesh.
Surprisingly, To Touch The Sun turned out to be a real charmer. The main character, Narain Kahn, is very well developed and the reader will have instant sympathy for his plight. Though already a vampire at the beginning of the story, we soon find out Narain's origins from India, as well as his love for cooking. The very idea of a vampire becoming a well renowned chef brought a smile to my face.
Cassie, the female lead character, befriends our burgeoning culinary master. As it turns out, she is not at all distraught over Narain's condition as one of the undead. In fact, she is a blood scientist and relative to one of Narain's human friends from many years ago.
No story would be complete without a villain and Reg Jameson fits that role rather insidiously in To Touch The Sun. The back story of how Narain and Reg came to know each other before either one was transformed into creatures of the night, was perhaps my favorite part of this story and best left for you to discover on your own.
Although some aspects of romance come into play, To Touch The Sun is definitely no Twilight by any means. The reader will be treated to bouts of violence in sudden and abrupt bursts. The reality of the condition of vampirism undoubtedly dictates the need for blood and Enright does not disappoint. Other aspects of this story that gives it a slight uniqueness in the sub genre is the concept of sentient versus feral. This is also best left to discovery during the reading process, so I will indulge you no further on this subject.
All in all, To Touch The Sun is a delightful read. The main characters are developed enough to have the reader's interest well invested and the action sequences will keep eyes glued to the pages. If I had one qualm with this book, it would be the amount that is dialogue driven. I love good dialogue and To Touch The Sun has plenty of it. However, I also love books that are endowed with superb visualization. To paint a picture with words is something that I long for when reading a story. Enright accomplishes both to some degree, but the latter could use a little more emphasis.
Still, To Touch The Sun is a very entertaining read filled with great characters and a story line that sets it apart from other vampire tales. I hope that you can find the time to give this great story the attention it deserves.