Kirkus Indie Reviews
MOONLIGHT: Pact Arcanum, Book Three
CreateSpace (262 pp.)
June 11, 2011
The third installment of Ahsanuddin’s epic Pact Arcanum saga—an utterly readable fusion of apocalyptic science fiction, political thriller and vampiric fiction—is loaded with jaw-dropping plot twists and bombshell revelations that will stun fans of the series.
In 2042, the government of United States—and many of its citizens—struggle with an agreement that recognizes the Armistice and its supernaturally empowered people as a sovereign nation. Some humans would do anything to rid the world of the vampiric Daywalkers and Nightwalkers. The already volatile situation is complicated by the ongoing secret war between Nightwalkers and Sentinels, supernaturally gifted humans with a latent ability to hunt and kill vampires. Central to the storyline is the tumultuous relationship between Sentinel Tobias Jameson, brother of a famous vampire diplomat, and love interest Layla, a fiery Daywalker leader. After a particularly violent fight between the two, Layla finds out that she is pregnant. Vampires aren’t supposed to be able to conceive and the news marks a monumental moment in the saga—the beginning of a glorious new race. But amid a landscape of growing darkness—the disclosure of a potentially omnipotent AI government, the growth of militant human terrorist groups, widespread riots and assassinations—will it even matter? Expanding the boundaries of one of the most popular legends in fiction—the vampire mythos—can be daunting, but Ahsanuddin does it with audacious style. Moonlight is easily the strongest installment in the Pact Arcanum series to date—powered by a cast of well developed and captivating characters, brisk pacing, a labyrinthine plot and a shocking conclusion. Seat belts are strongly recommended for this supernaturally charged literary roller-coaster ride.
Science-fiction fans and dark-fantasy aficionados will find Ahsanuddin’s meticulously described grand-scale narrative absolutely spellbinding.