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Summary: The Magician Washington, D. C., 2042. Toby Jameson is accustomed to being overshadowed by his brother Nick, but he doesn't have to like it. While attending the funeral of the First Lady of the United States, he finds a kindred spirit in Andrea Daniels, the President's daughter. When Nick discovers Andrea's supernatural destiny as a latent leader of the Sentinel race, Toby is happy to accept a secret assignment to protect her as she leaves the Armistice Zone, if only to gain a little distance from his relationship with his lover, Layla. The Daywalker Layla, the leader of the Daywalker race, has had three thousand years to earn her reputation as the Prince of Wrath. Her romance with the strong-willed young Sentinel has been contentious at best, but neither is willing to walk away nor give voice to a deeper commitment. When her protective overtures go awry prior to Toby's departure, provoking them into frank combat, it seems their relationship is finally doomed. Then a shocking discovery changes everything, casting the very nature of Sentinels and Daywalkers into question. The Wind In the wake of her mother's death, Andrea returns to England to escape the watchful eye of her estranged father. When Toby shows up on her doorstep unannounced, she knows he has a hidden agenda, but is willing to overlook his silence in the spirit of friendship that kindled between them at their last meeting. But nothing stays buried forever, and it's only a matter of time before they find themselves fighting for their lives against both the enemy they know, and a new menace that has emerged from within the virtual world.

Moonlight - Arshad Ahsanuddin - Pact Arcanum
Moonlight

Arshad Ahsanuddin ...

May 29, 2011

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Summary: The Triangle Anchorpoint City, 2082. Half a year after the death of his lover Takeshi, Rory remains devastated, deflecting Nick's attempts to drawhim out. Lorcan takes it upon himself to coax Rory back to life. Thenan innocent gesture of affection explodes into a sensational scandal,forcing them to make choices they would otherwise never have considered. Will their friendship survive the pressure of Nightwalker politics, or will their relationship be just another casualty of war? The Spacers In memory of his love for Tobias, Rafael became Antonio's closest friend and ally, supporting his protege's advancement in the Spacer Guilddespite Nick's deep disapproval. Captain of the Jumpvessel Singularity,Antonio has spent his entire adult life navigating the void between thestars, blissfully avoiding any part of the fate decreed for him in thewar between the White Wind and the Red. Mentor and student are reunited when Antonio returns home on the one hundredth anniversary of hisfather's death, intending to stay only long enough to pay his respectsto a man he never had a chance to know and the family he left behind.But in a world where immortality is commonplace, death is not alwayswhat it seems, and destiny is not so easily cast aside. The Spy Razheel has served the Court of Shadows with honor for over a century as the Night's Herald, never openly taking sides in the divide betweenNightwalker and Daywalker alliances. Now, after thirty thousand yearsof conflict, something new walks the Earth, which may be the greatestweapon yet in the battle between the races. As Antonio's fate becomesclear, she steps seamlessly into the role of revolutionary, and hercarefully planned insurrection will set the Nightwalker race on the path to final victory, or to total extinction.

Starlight - Arshad Ahsanuddin - Pact Arcanum
Starlight

Arshad Ahsanuddin ...

February 18, 2012

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Summary: Steel and Shadow San Francisco, 2015. A group of friends celebrating a windfall in their musical careers take a wrong turn down a deserted alleyway, only to find their path blocked by two creatures out of nightmare. Surviving only through the arcane intervention of a cryptic savior, they find themselves thrust unwillingly into the center of a war of extermination between two mystical races. The Gauntlet Rory loved his best friend Takeshi for as long as he can remember, though he never had the courage to speak of it. The discovery of their supernatural destinies as the leaders of the Sentinel race only compounded the danger of a relationship, so he kept silent. When Rory is captured, his soul hangs in the balance as the Nightwalkers delve into ancient magic to corrupt his spirit. Takeshi attempts a desperate rescue, but is unprepared to face the enemy that waits in the depths of the vampire fortress. In the end, his own damnation may be the key to Rory's salvation. Night and Day Nick was surprised to see Rory at a Christmas party so many years after the other musician disappeared from public life. Renewing their friendship, he remains completely unaware that Rory is not at all what he appears to be. Nick's ignorance costs him dearly when Rory's enemies attack. To save Nick, Rory and his allies must find a way to triumph over the first and greatest of the vampire lords, before Nick's soul is twisted forever by the torments of the Prince of Nightmares.

Sunrise - Arshad Ahsanuddin - Pact Arcanum
Sunrise

Arshad Ahsanuddin ...

March 24, 2011

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Summary: An unlikely savior emerges to prevent the advent of mass destruction and genocide descending on the world… By Day Los Angeles, 2040. When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker - a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic. By Night The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers - handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory. Both men love Nick. But neither can protect the new Ambassador to Humanity from the events he has set in motion. By the Sword Jeremy Harkness was lured into Medusa's service under false pretenses. A loner with no one and nothing to cling to, he was willing to die for his cause. But the night Medusa tried to obliterate Los Angeles, Jeremy met Nick Jameson, triggering the onset of his own psychic gifts. For Jeremy is the third race of metahuman, a Sentinel, born to kill the Nightwalkers with no quarter asked or offered. And neither Medusa nor the Court of Shadows will settle for peace when they can make war. Betrayal and treachery lurk around every corner on the road to coexistence, and at every turn, Nick must question who to trust among his metahuman allies, friends, and lovers—before their civilization is plunged into the depths of darkness and bloodshed. With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive series unveils a scintillating, homoerotic world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future.

Sunset - Arshad Ahsanuddin
Sunset

Arshad Ahsanuddin ...

February 1, 2011