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The TriangleAnchorpoint City, 2082. Half a year after the death of his lover Takeshi, Rory remains devastated, deflecting Nick's attempts to draw him out. Lorcan takes it upon himself to coax Rory back to life. Then an innocent gesture of affection explodes into a sensational scandal, forcing them to make choices they would otherwise never have considered. Will their frienThe TriangleAnchorpoint City, 2082. Half a year after the death of his lover Takeshi, Rory remains devastated, deflecting Nick's attempts to draw him out. Lorcan takes it upon himself to coax Rory back to life. Then an 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 SpacersIn memory of his love for Tobias, Rafael became Antonio's closest friend and ally, supporting his protégé's advancement in the Spacer Guild despite Nick's deep disapproval. Captain of the Jumpvessel Singularity, Antonio has spent his entire adult life navigating the void between the stars, blissfully avoiding any part of the fate decreed for him in the war between the White Wind and the Red. Mentor and student are reunited when Antonio returns home on the one hundredth anniversary of his father's death, intending to stay only long enough to pay his respects to 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 always what it seems, and destiny is not so easily cast aside.The SpyRazheel has served the Court of Shadows with honor for over a century as the Night's Herald, never openly taking sides in the divide between Nightwalker and Daywalker alliances. Now, after thirty thousand years of conflict, something new walks the Earth, which may be the greatest weapon yet in the battle between the races. As Antonio's fate becomes clear, she steps seamlessly into the role of revolutionary, and her carefully planned insurrection will set the Nightwalker race on the path to final victory, or to total extinction....

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Starlight Reviews

  • Katy
    2019-04-12 18:47

    Note: This re-read was of a potential 3rd edition omnibus paperback that includes elements of some of the novellas.My Thoughts: If you have seen my reviews, you know I'm a fan of the Pact Arcanum, and of Ahsanuddin's wonderful writing style. The plot in this one is just a wonderfully smooth, beautifully detailed, and engaging as in each of the previous books. It is obvious that the author has put a lot of work into getting this book "just right". I was one of the fortunate ones who was able to see this one develop from an outline to a finished product as a beta reader and editor at an intermediate level (there were some before me and some after me, so I was not the only one to put a red pen to this book), and that was a great experience. If you still haven't experienced the Pact Arcanum, I highly recommend you do so, now that there are four books and a few short stories and novellas out there to feast on - because trust me, once you get started, you'll want to immerse yourself into these books. This is not "Twilight for gay men," but a rich story that is developed perfectly and will appeal to a wide range of readers - fans of vampires, space opera, near-future sci fi, magical reality, and so forth. As always, I highly recommend the Pact Arcanum and hope that you will take the opportunity that a new book in the series gives you to join in the fun.I really love what Arshad has done with this proposed new edition - the extras put in since the originally developed story add to the richness. I spent a lot of time during the last 20 percent of the book crying, but it was a good thing - bittersweet tears, some out of sorrow, some out of joy. I've mentioned in previous reviews that these characters have become real to me - I would love to know these people. I think it is a real sign of talent for an author to create that kind of devotion in a reader, and I can't praise these books highly enough. If you have not yet experienced the Pact Arcanum, after all my raving about them, what's keeping you? Go, read them!Disclosure: I edited the original, 1st edition manuscript in late 2011. I have just finished a re-read as a beta-reader of a proposed new edition paperback that includes elements of some of the novellas and a new epilogue. I do not receive any monetary compensation for my opinions about this book.Synopsis: Secrets and lies are the watchwords of Starlight, the fourth chapter of the gay vampire saga Pact Arcanum. After over thirty thousand years of war, something new walks the Earth, which may be the greatest weapon yet in the war between the races.Earth, 2142. A century after his father’s death, Antonio Jameson has returned home to pay his respects to a man he never had a chance to know, but has always resented. Captain of the Jumpvessel Singularity, he has spent his entire adult life navigating the void between the stars, blissfully avoiding any part of the fate that the higher powers had decreed for him in the war between the White Wind and the Red. But in a world where immortality is commonplace, death is not always what it seems, and destiny is not so easily cast aside.

  • SueM
    2019-04-16 17:19

    This the 4 major title in the Pact Arcanum series by Arshad Ahsanuddin, and it was well worth waiting for. If you haven't read the series in order, including books 2.5 and 3.5, then I would advise you to do so. This novel is based upon past events and world-building found in the the previous novels and as such, much of this book will leave you otherwise confused. If you plan to read them, please don't read any further as the following will contain spoilers for books 1-3.5Nearly 100 hundred years have passed since the events in Book 3, with Toby's son Antonio now a Captain in the Spacers, while Nick and Rory's mortal husbands, Jeremy and Takeshi, have long passed away. Nick, Rory and Ruarc Lorcan are in a loving stable triad, as predicted so long ago.The bulk of this story starts after Antonio's return to Earth, after being on a space trip for 8 years. His arrival sparks a change in his Uncle Nick's triad, which in turn causes the Circle of Shadows to move once again. Their move results in a major revelation as to Antonio's real role in life and that role will have consequences for the future for all the races living on earth. Confused? Well, don't worry. Ahsanuddin has managed to keep everything clear while he tidies up all the remaining unfinished threads, as well as giving us more depth to past events. Yes, this seems to be the conclusive novel of the series, and it brings about all that had been predicted as well as quite a few things that I didn't see coming. Arshad's writing has clearly developed over the course of the series. Where I had previously found myself at a bit of a distance from his characters, I was caught up with these 'new' versions of Nick, Rory and Ruarc. I also very much enjoyed being introduced to Antonio, particularly as Antonio struggled to find true meaning to his life - including his role in his family, his role in the future of his people, and his role as a lover/mate.All up, I found this novel satisfying, with few, if any (my memory may be a bit rusty about events in past novels) unfinished threads. Perhaps the only issue I have is that once a solution was at hand, events seemed to move rapidly, catching me a bit off guard, with the conclusion arriving much sooner than I expected.That said, it was in keeping with the storyline, so perhaps it's just me. :) I would certainly recommend this to fantasy/sci-fi readers, especially if they don't mind a solid dose of M/M romance thrown in. I loved this series....

  • Jason Bradley
    2019-03-25 18:22

    This is a roller coaster ending to say the least. WOW!

  • Diane Dannenfeldt
    2019-04-17 21:28

    Okay I just have to say, that isn't really how I wanted it to end. There was just something a little different that I would have liked to have seen but even though that didn't happen, I was satisfied with the final outcome. I have loved every minute of this amazing journey from page one of book one to the last page in book four. Mr. Tremblay did an amazing job bringing Mr. Ahsanuddin's world come to life.

  • Yy Tang
    2019-04-06 23:23

    From Bram Stoker's Dracula to the Twilight Saga, it seems like there is nothing new to add to vampire lore. Fortunately, we have Arshad Ahsanuddin to help remind us why the legend endures. I've been a fan of Mr. Ahsanuddin's work for a while. The world that he created in this series was indeed a unique one. It wasn't just some vague backdrop. In many ways, the world of the Pact Arcanum books is a character of its own. While world building is still very much a part of Starlight, I has pleasantly surprised to see a great deal more focus spent on the development of the main characters. For me, reading these books isn't like reading most fiction. I have developed emotional bonds with the characters. When I read their exploits, it's like I'm reading a letter from an old friend more than anything. I have seen the characters mature and develop throughout the series and I can empathize with them. They may have special abilities but they are just like us; with the same insecurities and character flaws. They are supernatural and at the same time so utterly human.Starlight is a nice ending to the series. It answers a lot of questions that the previous books rose. If I had one complaint about this book it would be that, while it leaves little doubt to what happens to the main characters, some of the supporting characters' futures are left uncertain. This is a minor complaint and one that the average reader might not pay attention to anyway. Mr. Ahsanuddin has corrected similar issues with his Radiant Burn & Best of Times novellas so it's possible that he'll do the same again. If not, I still feel that series comes to a very satisfying ending. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who has read the rest of the series. If you haven't, I insist that you start with Sunset and allow yourself to be swept into Mr. Ahsanuddin's fantastic world.

  • Jeff Laws
    2019-03-19 22:28

    This is the last book of the Pact Arcanum series and it finishes nicely. If you haven’t read the previous books, then I highly recommend it before you read this one or you may be a little lost.This book takes place a little further in the future (100 years, maybe) from where the last one left off. We learn what becomes of Antonio and a lot of this book is based around him and his returning home after being gone for awhile. His return comes with a price to what Antonio believes is his future. This is a great finish to a series that spans around 600 years that was all leading to whether or not the great work could be finished. I can’t believe how great this series has gotten since the first book. Arshad has really put together a whole universe of characters that come from multiple meta-human races and has really put together a bigger than life story.I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads but I would give the series itself a 5 star rating if I could. I really did enjoy this and reading Arshad’s growth as a writer. He did a great job wrapping everything up and I don’t remember one story line that didn’t get completed. I’m not saying there are not some in there, but I don’t remember any.

  • Billie
    2019-03-19 21:39

    This review is based on a free copy of the book received from the publisher through the Goodreads Advance Reader process.This is the fourth and final book in the Pact Arcanum Quadrology (real word).This book has it all : star travel, vampires, multiple planes of existence and soul enslavement.The audience for this book would include those interested in vampires, science fiction, Goth, existentialism, immortals (you know who you are), fantasy, magic and planetary travel.There is a large cast of characters in the book but this adds variety and interest to the storyline.Speaking of timeline this book covers over 600 years not specifically but rather references back to flush out what is happening currently in the storyline.As a bonus some of the chapters have illustrations that visually bring the reader closer to the characters and situation in that chapter.It’s about immortality, life and death. These are not mutually exclusive states and the author does a great job of defining each.A good read

  • Scott
    2019-04-17 23:38

    This review will contain some spoilers if you are unfamiliar with the series.Starlight is the fourth book in the Pact Arcanum series by Arshad Ahsanuddin. Since this series deals with a lot of immortal characters mixed in with humans and Sentinels with normal lifespans by this point in the series there are some new characters that are becoming featured as the original characters age and die off.This series is still going strong and keeping me entertained. I know that it is almost ready to be wrapped up and this is one series that I'm sure to miss. Honestly this series is fantastic for anyone who enjoys urban fantasy or modern paranormal. Honestly I'm not sure I can heap any praise on this book that hasn't already been said in my review for the other book in this series. Arshad has gotten a fan for life in me and I'm excited to see where he goes with his writing when he completes this series.

  • Bobbi
    2019-03-25 22:28

    Starlight #4 is actually the 5th book in the Pact Arcanum series. A fantastic science fiction romance series. I love this story, the characters and the world Arshad Ahsanuddin has written for them. It was so easy to read and get into the world he has written. This whole series was hard to put down. It is definitely a must read. I'm afraid this is probably the last book but I would love to hear more!

  • Brenda Cothern
    2019-04-18 17:35

    My heart broke for Nick at the beginning of this book. I cried again for Jeremy... and again for Lorcan... and again for Layla (thanks for the surprise with her!). What a wonderful job bringing these characters to life and making me fall in love for them! I believe characters are like people and we all must die eventually. I will miss them and I am glad I had the chance to get to know them!

  • William Bitner Jr.
    2019-04-06 15:37

    From the first page of book one through the last page of book four, this series took me on an incredible journey. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes to be taken to places beyond your imagination. Excellent, wonderful piece of fiction.

  • Alan Taylor
    2019-04-13 19:46

    I think this would have been better had I read the 3 books in the series before this one. As it is I found it to be quite confusing as each character seems to go by 3 or 4 different names and it's hard to remember who's who.This is also not really what I would class to be a vampire story, certainly not in the classic sense of the word.All in all it was quite an enjoyable read, but if I'm honest I can't say it would make me rush out to buy the preceeding books.This was received as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

  • Nicci
    2019-04-13 23:46

    I truly love the universe and the storytelling. Pact Arcanum series is a must read for science fiction, fantasy and another take on the vampire mythology. However, the m/m romance development is not very good. I find I can't finish reading this book. That's how upset I am.

  • Kristina
    2019-03-27 19:49

    Enjoyed this book a lot. Tied up the loose ends quite nicely. Recommended but read the rest of the series first or it won't make any sense at all.

  • Kaitlyn
    2019-03-24 23:26

    Oh god, I wish there was a warning for major character death (one of the triad) before i read it.