AUTHOR: Sangu Mandanna
PUBLICATION DATE: September 11th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Sky Pony Press
GENRE: It’s set in space but reads like a fantasy
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In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.
Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.
It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.
Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.
RATING: 4/5 STARS
I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
This was one of my most anticipated releases of fall 2018, and it did not disappoint! I’m Indian, so I love seeing it in YA. The plot was so complex and the characters were really developed, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
Like Mirage—which I have not read but I really want to—this is basically a fantasy set in space. If you know anything about the Mahabharata, you know its a HUGE story with loads of characters and many plotlines. The one story I remember being referenced is Ekalvya, who I learned about at a very young age. While I was born in the US, I did spend many years in India and there I learned so much about my culture, a lot of which is referenced is in this book. At the core, this is a story about complicated family relationships, which I absolutely love reading about and is something that is seen a lot in Indian stories.
As I mentioned above, there are a lot of characters in this book. Sometimes it was hard to keep track of them all and their backgrounds and their relationships, but again that’s something that is very common in Indian stories. The main character, Esmae, wants to find her true family but realizes she will have to fight them to in order to do what’s right. For someone who has been an orphan pretty much all her life, she takes it in stride and quickly adapts to the situation. The romance was kind of eh, but hopefully, it gets better.
Overall, I really liked this story. I truly believe the author did the Indian representation justice, and it makes my heart so happy. Please pick up a copy of this book because you will not regret it!
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