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A nail-biting epic fantasy novel about the discovery of magical heritage and the wielded power within.

Phe is the last sea nymph Kyra’s best friend. She is also Kyra’s protector in secret. They are best friends, but Phe has a mysterious past and has been selected by the cruel general Bastion for shadow training. Phe’s disturbing and haunting past is unlocked when Kyra gets abducted by the evil Djall. Most of the plot line is about Phe discovering her magical powers that make her unique and extremely powerful, and at the same time searching desperately for a way to save Kyra from the despicable clutches of Djall. 

Spark has a very “chosen one” focus for the main character Phe. My favorite character aside from Phe is actually Finian, who always calls her “baby girl,” and I think they would have made a better pairing. The romance between Phe and Roar seems quite forced and unnatural from the beginning. 

I’m not sure how I feel about the Shadow Unit at the moment. I also don’t know how I feel about Djall, he seems rather flat as a villain. He speaks through other people and controls others but we don’t really get a full glimpse into his character and backstory except that he’s been around trying to take others' magic and energy for himself. 

The first half was fast-paced and so exhilarating. I devoured each page, with all the beautifully written descriptions. I love the way the author writes descriptions of the landscape and how the author describes physical attributes of characters. The flow immediately sucks the reader into this epic fantasy world. However, I felt the book dragged a bit slowly towards the latter part, due to the constant attacks against Phe, eventually leading to her having to break down and heal again and again, and Phe forming distrust of everyone she thought she could trust. 

Spark is recommended for readers of epic fantasy with a focus on secrets revealed and the discovery of magic power.

Forewarning: Spark ends with a cliffhanger and is the first in the Fire and Shadow series! Readers will have to wait in anticipation for the next books in the series. 

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When Krysta Maravilla isn’t squirrelled away writing, reading, and eating Nutella, she can be found plotting her next adventure. With a passion for hiking and a desire to experience different cultures, she has lived in various places throughout the US and the world. Check out her website for more. view profile

Published on October 22, 2022

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Genre: Epic Fantasy

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