Blurb: Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen year old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.
In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn’s fiancé, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes.
My Rating 3.5/5
Review: This is a story about vampires, which is obvious from quite early on so I’m not really giving anything away in mentioning that. Although I’ve watched Interview with a Vampire and the excellent Being Human (UK) I’ve never read a vampire story so this was a definite leap into the unknown for me. It gets off to a slow start but a lot of that is scene and character setting so it is necessary but once the actual vampire part starts properly the feel and pace of the story changes. Dawn is an interesting character and I found it refreshing to read her perspective on her condition as she is not your conventional blood-sucking vampire. Thomas’s character was also interesting though a bit irritating at times due to his immaturity although that simply adds to the contrast between his character and that of the others, including Dawn. The first part of the story is set in 1853 and the rest in the present day although little is mentioned about the time in between these dates which is an area that I think could be revisited in future stories, if there are any.
Despite my reservations about this story I did enjoy it, it was well told and the characters were interesting although I didn’t feel there was t a lot of character development. The last few chapters were especially good and although I liked the ending as it fitted with the story, it was a shame to not be able to continue Dawn’s story. Hopefully there will be a sequel to this that answers the questions I was left with. I think Sunkissed is a good read if you want to try something out of your usual genre and I believe most fans of this genre would really enjoy it as well. Definitely an interesting twist on the usual vampire story.
About Carys Jones: Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.
To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.