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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Sunrays Among Shadows is a work of fiction in the paranormal, historical, fantasy, and dark fiction subgenres, and forms the opening novel of The Anim series. Penned by author H. Dawn Hunter, it is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Set between two timelines centering around the same events, we find ourselves following the unfortunate history of the Howell siblings, Lily and Liam. A peculiar abduction left the brother and sister devoid of memories for part of their childhood. Liam isn’t keen to explore those missing thoughts, but Lily stumbles upon the key to unlocking it all. Adding to this danger is Jasper Behrtram, responsible for the abduction of numerous children over the years. The guilt is weighing heavy on Jasper’s soul, and Lily’s presence may just be enough to push him over the edge at last.
Author H. Dawn Hunter has crafted a horrifically good work of dark fantasy fiction that I was engrossed in from beginning to end. One of the things I loved most about this work was the author’s narrative and depiction centered on relationships and emotion, especially Lily’s at the driving core of the tale. With such conviction in her emotional arc, the dark developments and secrets revealed by the plot become all the more intense and meaningful. I also adored Jasper and the psychological exploration of the toll that his work and the duress he’s suffered has had on him over time. The fantasy aspects were also credible and atmospheric, never once overshadowing the emotional core of the work. Overall, I would highly recommend Sunrays Among Shadows as an engrossing read for those who love to be lost in mystery, intrigue, converging timelines, and unpredictable dark fantasy twists.