The Second Sun

The Second SunThe Second Sun by Mike VanHoose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An exceptionally well-written dark fantasy...

In Mike VanHoose’s “The Second Sun” we discover nineteen-year-old Laxis Dymon who appears to be isolated from the rest of the world, leading a solitary existence. She also possesses amazing supernatural abilities, the extent, and source of which are unknown. She merely wants to get paid her commission and be on her way after being tasked with capturing an ancient and nasty witch. Along the journey, she is confronted with the thought that an innocent woman would be killed. Her only alibi is a strange half-starved ten-year-old girl, the identity of whom will unlock the keys to everything Laxis has been searching for her entire life…

“The Second Sun” is a superb narrative in how it gives the main character an opportunity to confront herself and realize she is both imperfect but trying. The pathos created is expected but captures the tone of the book well. Highly recommended for fans of dark fantasy and it gets a well-deserved five stars from me.

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