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In this new paranormal fantasy series, a powerful woman who can see the dead must choose whether to forge a new path for herself and her family…. “The problem with ghosts is that they don’t quite realize that they’re dead.” Voada Paorach can see the dead. It is a family trait, but one that has had to remain hidden since the Mundoan Empire conquered her people’s land three In this new paranormal fantasy series, a powerful woman who can see the dead must choose whether to forge a new path for herself and her family…. “The problem with ghosts is that they don’t quite realize that they’re dead.” Voada Paorach can see the dead. It is a family trait, but one that has had to remain hidden since the Mundoan Empire conquered her people’s land three generations ago. But this ghost isn’t the same as the others she has glimpsed, the lost souls she has helped to find their way to the land beyond life. This ghost demands that Voada follow a new path, one that will mean leaving behind everything and everyone she has known and loved. Voada will come to understand the power that her people possess, but she will also learn the steep price that must be paid for such a gift. Fast-moving and intense, A Fading Sun explores grief, sacrifice, ambition, and the forging of personality in the crucible of war.


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In this new paranormal fantasy series, a powerful woman who can see the dead must choose whether to forge a new path for herself and her family…. “The problem with ghosts is that they don’t quite realize that they’re dead.” Voada Paorach can see the dead. It is a family trait, but one that has had to remain hidden since the Mundoan Empire conquered her people’s land three In this new paranormal fantasy series, a powerful woman who can see the dead must choose whether to forge a new path for herself and her family…. “The problem with ghosts is that they don’t quite realize that they’re dead.” Voada Paorach can see the dead. It is a family trait, but one that has had to remain hidden since the Mundoan Empire conquered her people’s land three generations ago. But this ghost isn’t the same as the others she has glimpsed, the lost souls she has helped to find their way to the land beyond life. This ghost demands that Voada follow a new path, one that will mean leaving behind everything and everyone she has known and loved. Voada will come to understand the power that her people possess, but she will also learn the steep price that must be paid for such a gift. Fast-moving and intense, A Fading Sun explores grief, sacrifice, ambition, and the forging of personality in the crucible of war.

30 review for A Fading Sun

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. “The problem with ghosts is that they don’t quite realize they’re dead.” A Fading Sun is a paranormal, yet spiritual, revenge story that really displays the consequences of war. Our main protagonist, Voada, is from a tribal clan that was long conquered by the Mundoans. Now, Voada lives among them, in a place of power, where many of the less fortunate defeated people work as servants and slaves. Voada married a Mundo ARC provided by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. “The problem with ghosts is that they don’t quite realize they’re dead.” A Fading Sun is a paranormal, yet spiritual, revenge story that really displays the consequences of war. Our main protagonist, Voada, is from a tribal clan that was long conquered by the Mundoans. Now, Voada lives among them, in a place of power, where many of the less fortunate defeated people work as servants and slaves. Voada married a Mundoan man who is kind, and gentle, and everything she could ask for in a husband. Together they made two children who they love more than life itself. Yet, Voada never forgets the way of her ancestors and she has a gift that constantly reminds her of her roots. Voada can see and communicate with ghosts. It is a family trait that she must keep hidden from all the Mundoan people. Voada will help these lost souls find their path so they are not stuck lingering in our world. The gift she has is easy to keep secret, until she meets a ghost who she is unable to communicate with, because it wants to help her find a new path. Then one frightful day, Voada has no choice but to follow the ghost who is unlike any other she's met before. Voada's life changes completely while she is trying to learn the gift from her defeated people. All while a new war is beginning to ensure that the clans will never rise up and defeat the Mundoans. Voada is forced to take a side, learn more about her gifts, and fight, or lose everything she's ever loved. Trigger warnings: graphic violence and promises/threats of rape. This story wasn't bad by any means whatsoever. In fact, I really enjoyed the first third of this book and didn't want to put it down. Unfortunately, once Voada began her journey, my interest declined and continued to decline until the last few chapters of the book. If what I said above interests you, you will probably totally enjoy this; it just wasn't for me for some reason. “Hearts are fickle muscles. They can lead you to be rash and too quick” Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Review to come on B&N soon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Historical Fantasy / Paranormal *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* A Fading Sun is the first installment in author Stephen Leigh's Sunpath series. From what I've read from various sources, this story is based on a Celtic Warrior by the name of Boudica. Boudica was apparently a Queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in either AD 60 or 61. Apparently, she's some sort of British folk hero, but her rebellion is apparen *Source* Publisher *Genre* Historical Fantasy / Paranormal *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* A Fading Sun is the first installment in author Stephen Leigh's Sunpath series. From what I've read from various sources, this story is based on a Celtic Warrior by the name of Boudica. Boudica was apparently a Queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in either AD 60 or 61. Apparently, she's some sort of British folk hero, but her rebellion is apparently only told from the point of review of the hated Romans. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anthonia

    I enjoyed reading this book. This story has predictable, it was more like a play on mythology and history. The combining elements was good but not fully conveying the the character Boudica in the book. A nice story but needs some detail in a couple of areas.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Right off the bat, A Fading Sun comes off as pretentious. After the table of contents (which lists all of the long-winded chapter titles) you get a map of England... I mean Albann. Just in case we needed to check it now and again so we're SURE we know where in England- I mean Albann, we are. Also, at the back of the book, you'll find a list of characters and place names (with pronunciations) just in case! Just in case! Just in case you *really* needed to know the names of the 4 horses that Lucie Right off the bat, A Fading Sun comes off as pretentious. After the table of contents (which lists all of the long-winded chapter titles) you get a map of England... I mean Albann. Just in case we needed to check it now and again so we're SURE we know where in England- I mean Albann, we are. Also, at the back of the book, you'll find a list of characters and place names (with pronunciations) just in case! Just in case! Just in case you *really* needed to know the names of the 4 horses that Lucien drives who I can't actually remember even being named in the story. I was going to give Mr. Leigh the benefit of the doubt if this was his first book but he's been writing for longer than I've been alive so I have no pity. The first several (pretentiously titled) chapters are full of long-winded paragraphs where we are given buckets of backstory. Instead of immersing us in the world and story, like a nice dip in the pool, we are instead victims of the ice bucket challenge as world building pummels us from all sides. We are given a handful of 'celtic' words that need defining (again in chunky paragraphs that serve no purpose EXCEPT to define the word for the reader). One of the fake-Romans (sorry, I meant Mundoans) is involved in a same-sex romantic relationship, a fact which is repeated over and over just in case the reader forgot since the last time these characters appeared. The pace of the book picks up around 100 pages but by that point there are very few surprises waiting around the corner and the following 200 pages of the book are just watching tropes fall into place.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kes

    When I see "paranormal", I usually associate it with "paranormal romance", and I liked that this wasn't concerned with romance. Voada can see ghosts. She is part of the Cateni, a group of people who were conquered by the Mundoans. The Mundoans are the overlords, but they recruit locals to run the bureaucracy, and Voada and her husband Meir are the highest ranking (as Hands). As such, Voada is relatively insulated from the oppression of the local populace. Everything changes on Meir's death - Voada When I see "paranormal", I usually associate it with "paranormal romance", and I liked that this wasn't concerned with romance. Voada can see ghosts. She is part of the Cateni, a group of people who were conquered by the Mundoans. The Mundoans are the overlords, but they recruit locals to run the bureaucracy, and Voada and her husband Meir are the highest ranking (as Hands). As such, Voada is relatively insulated from the oppression of the local populace. Everything changes on Meir's death - Voada's family is torn apart (content warning: rape and violence), Voada is separated from her children, and she starts off on a journey of vengeance. This book focuses on Voada's inner journey - I liked her relationship with Meir, especially as a source of strength and security. We see the usual slow discovery of Voada's inner self as she learns about her history and her ability with magic, even as (view spoiler)[the Moonshadow overtakes her sense of self (hide spoiler)] . I liked the magic system and its drawbacks. 3/5 stars. It didn't feel wildly original.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    In a conquered land Voada Paorach is the wife of the local native leader. The Mundoa have ruled most of Albann (think England under the Romans) for a century. The Mundoan Emperor sends a general to conquer the rest of the Island finally but the Cateni have those among them who can draw magic from the spirits of older magic users, Draoi.. Voada would have done nothing about the spirit that visits her until her husband dies, and the Mundoan leader sends her children into slavery and leaves her for In a conquered land Voada Paorach is the wife of the local native leader. The Mundoa have ruled most of Albann (think England under the Romans) for a century. The Mundoan Emperor sends a general to conquer the rest of the Island finally but the Cateni have those among them who can draw magic from the spirits of older magic users, Draoi.. Voada would have done nothing about the spirit that visits her until her husband dies, and the Mundoan leader sends her children into slavery and leaves her for dead. In A Fading Sun (paper from DAW), Stephen Leigh tells how Voada, led by the spirit, crosses into Cateni land to train how to use the spirit powers, and then how she leads a rebellion to free her people. And how her anger and one of the ancient spirits she uses, pushes her beyond her limits. Interesting. Review printed by Philadelphia Weekly Press

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarai Henderson

    This book started off interesting. You find out that two women in this family an see ghosts. Alright, I like ghosts. They see ghosts all over the place, but the author doesn't elaborate on these ghosts and that's when I kind of lost interest in them. They were put on the back burner for me even though they were supposed to be a big part of the book. The author had a good concept, but it read more like a historical fiction than a fantasy to me. I felt like this one fell short to me, even though I This book started off interesting. You find out that two women in this family an see ghosts. Alright, I like ghosts. They see ghosts all over the place, but the author doesn't elaborate on these ghosts and that's when I kind of lost interest in them. They were put on the back burner for me even though they were supposed to be a big part of the book. The author had a good concept, but it read more like a historical fiction than a fantasy to me. I felt like this one fell short to me, even though I had high expectations. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    Somewhere between 3 and 3.5. Little slow at the beginning, picked up towards a 4 in the middle and then slowed down again towards the end and eventually just petered out. On the plus side. I will say that this book had a very unique magic system not quite like any I've ever seen before, so that was very interesting to explore. But unfortunately my interest in the story as a whole died out towards the end and I don't find myself much motivated to read the sequel. Somewhere between 3 and 3.5. Little slow at the beginning, picked up towards a 4 in the middle and then slowed down again towards the end and eventually just petered out. On the plus side. I will say that this book had a very unique magic system not quite like any I've ever seen before, so that was very interesting to explore. But unfortunately my interest in the story as a whole died out towards the end and I don't find myself much motivated to read the sequel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Husak

    I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next in the series. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint. I read strictly for entertainment and am not a critic, if a book engages me, I will read it. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next in the series. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint. I read strictly for entertainment and am not a critic, if a book engages me, I will read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Good story. I will definitely buy the rest of the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Whiteraven191

    Part of my "Reading the Lowest-Rated Books on my TBR List" Challenge Average rating as of writing this review: 2.88 Actual rating 2.75 rounded up to 3 So I actually kind of liked this book? Based on the average rating, it's entirely possible I've just lost my mind, so take my review with a grain of salt. This is a fantasy retelling of the story of the historical figure Boadicea. I thought the setting was interesting and the magic system was really unique and cool. The only problem I had was how the Part of my "Reading the Lowest-Rated Books on my TBR List" Challenge Average rating as of writing this review: 2.88 Actual rating 2.75 rounded up to 3 So I actually kind of liked this book? Based on the average rating, it's entirely possible I've just lost my mind, so take my review with a grain of salt. This is a fantasy retelling of the story of the historical figure Boadicea. I thought the setting was interesting and the magic system was really unique and cool. The only problem I had was how the gay characters were handled. We have two: the enemy general and his lover/chariot-driver. The driver gets fridged pretty quickly. It's always disappointing to see the Bury Your Gays trope, but this is hardly the most offensive case I've seen (*cough* The Belles *cough*). Weirdly, I seem to be the only reviewer bothered by that. Everyone else either complained that this book had apparently been marketed as paranormal when it's more like high fantasy (a valid issue) or that there was too much world building exposition. I didn't really have that problem. Maybe I have a higher tolerance for that than most people? *shrug* Regardless, I don't think this book deserves to have quite so low a rating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lourdes (Chapters We Love)

    Surprisingly GOOD! I loved the characters especially Savas and Orla. Voada was a great strong protagonist. Review: https://chapterswelove.com/2017/07/04... Surprisingly GOOD! I loved the characters especially Savas and Orla. Voada was a great strong protagonist. Review: https://chapterswelove.com/2017/07/04...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joann

  15. 4 out of 5

    Damaris Rodela

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shane Hallengren

  17. 5 out of 5

    GTague

  18. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dia Tucker

  20. 5 out of 5

    K M

  21. 4 out of 5

    S. K. Mahajan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evan Bonitz

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynnsey Stewart

  24. 5 out of 5

    N. Frances

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arbré Écorce

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mkittysamom

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Chong

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie Mills

  29. 4 out of 5

    Klever

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Archer

    Spellbinding I felt like I was part of every journey. The characters were real and likeable. As always, Stephen has delivered a true fantasy story. I'll always be a fan. Now on to book 2... Spellbinding I felt like I was part of every journey. The characters were real and likeable. As always, Stephen has delivered a true fantasy story. I'll always be a fan. Now on to book 2...

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