The Sun Casts No Shadow
The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson is a dark and twisted tale of a city’s underbelly. Richardson’s work is a complex and intriguing account that will captivate readers from beginning to end.
The story follows Wellington Thorneycroft, a pickpocket who survives on Ambrosia, the realm’s equivalent to the sweetest drug. Each recipe for Ambrosia produces a different reaction, a different high, but always a sweet surrender to a vacation from reality. Up to this point, our protagonist’s reality, like many of the city’s inhabitants, consisted of corruption, crime, prostitution, and cynicism. Thorneycroft is lost in this world until a mysterious female figure, who he comes to know as Lilith, appears one night.
Thorneycroft states, “We’ll escape together…I knew right then that I’d follow her, wherever she might lead, no questions asked.” Haunted by her life force and what her spirit promises, Thorneycroft bets it all on escaping this dark world with Lilith. The more he learns about her, the more Thorneycroft comes to realize Lilith comes with a complicated history intricately tied to the Wall and everyone trapped inside the city. In order to break free, Thorneycroft and Lilith will need to find a way past the Wall and a host of malicious characters bent on dragging down anyone who dares to escape or aspire.
Those appreciative of futuristic, science fiction works such as Total Recall will thoroughly enjoy the sordid tale of illicit behavior that Richardson weaves. Due to the sex, drugs, and array of expletives, Richardson’s work is intended for a mature audience capable of appreciating the narrative. That said, Richardson’s modern take on this familiar science fiction theme is a refreshing and welcome approach. Readers will find themselves hopeful with Lilith searching for a way out in one scene and morose with Thorneycroft believing there is no point in trying in the next. Only time will tell if the pair will make it past Felix and his crew and over the Wall to a brighter future.
The journey past Richardson’s literal and figurative wall is one that will resonate with readers. A fascinating yarn that will captivate readers, The Sun Casts No Shadow easily earns five stars. Richardson has produced an exceptional work that readers will relish and avidly share for years to come.
|Page Count||168 pages|
|Publisher||New Pulp Press|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime, Thriller|