I’m reviewing Sunchaser by Beryll and Osirus Brackhaus today as part of their release day blitz with Eyes on Books. For more information – and details about the rafflecopter giveaway – check out my LJ post.
Roan has pretended to be a human for long enough. He needs to get out of town and roam the land, as any proper werecat should.
The last thing he wants is his conscience insisting he should save an abused werewolf from a traveling circus first. The very last thing he expects is the local sheriff’s daughter having the exact same idea – and beating him to the punch.
Their rescue goes spectacularly wrong, and suddenly Roan, Betsy and their crippled wolf find themselves fleeing across the US for the Mexican border, chased by the police and vengeful circus fey alike.
Sunchaser is a non-romance, road-movie-ish urban fantasy adventure novel about a werecat drifter, a wide-eyed human girl and a defective werewolf learning that sometimes, family really is the ones you didn’t pick.
When I was offered a review copy of this book I jumped at it. I love good paranormal, have a weakness for shifters, and like to read a mix of genres, and so it not being a romance was part of the appeal.
The book didn’t disappoint—in fact, it’s on my list as one of the best books I’ve read this year. Some books I read and enjoy, others suck me in completely and I can’t put them down. This was one of the latter.
The characters were a big part of that. They’re interesting, fun, and the banter, and Roan’s narrative is great. Roan’s a werecat, werepanther to be precise, and his attitude is very catlike, right down to his nickname of Sunchaser. I also loved Betsy and her love for urban fantasy stories, which lead to her asking Roan all sorts of questions, adding to the fun. But it’s not all fun and games for these characters. Martin’s story is tragic—he’s far more than just a sick werewolf, but trying to avoid spoilers so won’t say anymore. Just that he’s an important part of this trio of characters, and I loved him as much as Roan and Betsy. I sat up late two nights running devouring this story as I had to find out what happened next—the plot had me on the edge of my seat, especially the last few chapters.
I need to mention the German tourists, and other side characters who appear in this story. They’re fully developed characters in their own right, and they really add to the story. I must admit I especially loved the tourists as I’ve just done a lot of research about Germany and got a kick out of recognising places they referred to etc.
The world building is subtle, but that’s the reason I think it works so well. It’s firmly set in our world but references the supernatural world that is a big part of it, but that most humans are unaware of. It feels natural, rather than forced and is very believable. There’s no romance but I liked that it was more about family and friendship.
Although this story is book 2 of a series, it stands alone well and has hints of the previous story which is Roan’s brother Connor’s. I’m looking forward to reading Softpaw which is book 1, and I was happy to find out there’s another book coming out soon.
I’d highly recommend Sunchaser to readers who love well written paranormal with great characterisation, a fast paced plot with a few twists and turns, and believable world building. 5 out of 5 stars.