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Written by Robin McKinley
Review by Tina Morgan


Sunshine is my first foray into Robin McKinley's writing and I found it to be a very enjoyable journey. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. McKinley at a book signing and despite a very serious case of jetlag; she kept her fans highly entertained. One of the things I noticed during her talk is that she has a rather dry British sense of humor. She's a transplanted Ohioan living in the UK with her writer husband, Peter Dickinson. That dry humor carries over to her writing and helped lighten the sometimes somber tone of Sunshine.

First person POV is one of my least favorite narratives but McKinley crafted a tale that soon had me totally immersed in the story. Within the first few pages, I found myself intrigued by Sunshine's character and the alternate earth setting.

The story flows nicely with Sunshine finding herself in the rather dubious position of being allies with a vampire. Can she save them both before her own government incarcerates her for being an unregistered magician? She doesn't want to be a magician and her training is limited to small shape changing spells. Despite her desires to return to her old life as a coffee shop cook, she learns there are some problems she must tackle.

My only criticism of this novel is with one jarring scene about half way through the story. Sunshine is rejected by a prospective sexual partner and the detail given to her physical reaction felt out of place with the over all tone and style of the novel. Up until that point I would have recommended this book to readers of all ages but some of the language and explicit details earn it a mature rating.

Sunshine is a delightful walk through an alternative earth that brings demons, vampires, weres of all kinds and magicians to life.

Overall, Sunshine earned a * * * * star rating.



Tina Morgan  2003


Rating Guide:
* * * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* * = Slow, difficult to read, could have been improved.
* = Imminently forgettable.


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