Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.
Buffyesque baker Rae "Sunshine" Seddon meets Count Dracula's hunky Byronic cousin in Newbery-Award-winner McKinley's first adult-and-then-some romp through the darkling streets of a spooky post-Voodoo Wars world. Now that human cities have been decimated, the vampiric elite holds one-fifth of the world's capital, threatening to control all the earth in less than 100 years, unless human SOFs (Special Other Forces) can hold them at bay by recruiting Sunshine, daughter of legendary sorcerer Onyx Blaise. As breathlessly narrated by Sunshine herself, the Cinnamon Roll Queen of Charlie's Coffeehouse, in the inchoate idiom of Britney, J. Lo and the Spice Girls, Sunshine's coming-of-magical-age launches when she is swarmed by noiseless vampires one night and chained in a decrepit ballroom as an entr?e for mysterious, magnetic, half-starved Constantine, a powerful vampire whose mortal enemy Bo (short for Beauregard) shackled him there to perish slowly from daylight and deprivation. Most of the charm of this long venture into magic maturation derives from McKinley's keen ear and sensitive atmospherics, deft characterizations and clever juxtapositions of reality and the supernatural that might, just might, be lurking out there in "bad spots" right around a creepy urban corner or next to a deserted lake cabin. McKinley knows very well-and makes her readers believe-that "the insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are." (Oct. 7) Forecast: The 21st-century girl chatter juxtaposed with the book's 19th-century brooding hero should help turn out the Buffy crowd in droves on the national author tour. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Sunshine is a gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much
perfect work of magical literature that exists more or less at the
unlikely crossroads of Chocolat, Interview With a Vampire,
Misery, and the tale of Beauty and the Beast. It's not quite SF,
and it's not really horror, and only kind of a love story, and it's
all three while still being solidly Fantastique. It also does that
nice thing where the author assumes the readers are smart, and she
treats us like we're smart, and we purr and get smarter and work
harder for all that."-Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling
"Fabulous, fascinating, and a whole lot of fun. Step into Robin
McKinley's thrilling, beautifully described world, where you will
meet some interesting vampires and a lady who can deal with the
creatures of the night."
--Jayne Ann Krentz"I had no idea that blood and dessert could go together so well. I loved it!"--Amber Benson, "Tara" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer"Buffyesque baker Rae "Sunshine" Seddon meets Count Dracula's hunky Byronic cousin in Newbery-Award-winner McKinley's first adult-and-then-some romp through the darkling streets of a spooky post-Voodoo Wars world...Most of the charm of this long venture into magic maturation derives from McKinley's keen ear and sensitive atmospherics, deft characterizations and clever juxtapositions of reality and the supernatural...McKinley knows very well--and makes her readers believe--that 'the insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are.'"--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"Smart, dark, and riveting. Sunshine is quite possibly the best vampire book published in my lifetime." -Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely "A luminous, entrancing novel with an enthralling pair of characters at its heart." -Booklist "A smart, funny tale of suspense and romance." -San Francisco Chronicle "Before reading Sunshine, I had no idea that blood and dessert could go together so well." -Amber Benson "McKinley [balances] the dark drama with light touches of humor. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will feel at home, but McKinley's novel has its own originality and depth." -Orlando Sentinel "A dark, sensual vampire fairy tale." -This Week Newspapers (Ohio) "Sunshine has magic in every word." -Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times bestselling author "Sunshine takes everything we have always known about the menacing eroticism of pale men with sharp teeth and throw it up into the air." -Time Out