After more than one hundred and forty years, Alexander Smith is suffering from memory loss that plagues him like a supernatural Alzheimer's. He has lasted longer than most by clinging to the love he has for his adopted daughter, the vampire Ana, and puzzling out cases of missing or murdered children. Without them, he wouldn't be able to ignore the ghost of a child from his guilty past or fight the whispers goading him to kill. On his latest job, he's stumbled upon a vampire conspiracy that has left a trail of child murders up and down the East Coast-a conspiracy that promises inoculation against the sun. If true, the conspirators' success would mean a bloody conflict, altering the balance between humans and the supernatural forever. Losing more of his mind every day, Alexander has two impossible tasks ahead of him if the world is to survive: stop the vampire coven and reconnect with his humanity.
Errick A. Nunnally was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. His recent successes include: publication of his book, Blood For The Sun; a comic strip collection, Lost in Transition; short stories in the anthologies Wicked Seasons, Inner Demons Out, and Doorways To Extra Time; two lovely children; and one beautiful wife.
Blood for the Sun 4.5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
Recipe for a good novel: take one old supernatural being, with a condition akin to Alzheimer's. Give him a guilty conscience and a mission of trying to help kids in danger. Stir in a horrific crime, and force the protagonist to engage with a host of dangerous beings, natural and un, to solve the crime. Have him at all times try to remember who he is and what he's doing, with a not-quite-buried rage that wants to burst out in a destructive tidal wave. Add lots of action, magic, and mystery as spices.
Yeah, this book is the real deal. It has a good reminder of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, but a flavor all its own. A good tale to keep the reader interested, and well-written. So much going on, it has enough ideas for a few novels, so strap in for a wild ride.
More than 1 year ago
This is a truly excellent debut novel, taking the classic images of werewolves and vampires and giving them new life (well, unlife). As the book summary says, the protag has been around so long that he is dealing with an advancing cognate of Alzheimer's. This is what really makes the book utterly fascinating; while the supernatural character using their skills to work as something like a detective is a standard trope, don't let that fool you into dismissing it, as Nunnally delivers life and immediacy to the character's unique situation in going through what would otherwise have been a Same Old Thing.
I reserved one star because I can tell that we still haven't seen the full flower of Nunnally's writing...but the same can be said about some other authors' debut novels *coughJimButchercough*, and we see how THOSE turned out. I truly believe that Nunnally can turn this into a series worthy of standing beside powerhouses like the Dresden Files. So, it's objectively a bit unfair of me to withhold that fifth star, but I'm judging the book by the series' own promise. Get in on the ground floor here, folks.