Review | A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

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Review | A Spark of White Fire by Sangu MandannaA Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
Series: The Celestial Trilogy #1
Published by Sky Pony Press on September 11th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 311
Format: eARC
Source: The Publisher
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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.

My Thoughts:

I’ve adopted a new mantra for this year’s (2018 included) reading: I didn’t realize I needed this book in my life. A Spark of White Fire, is near the top of that list.

Honestly, I’m not familiar with the Mahabharata – which I must remedy ASAP! – so I wasn’t familiar with the foundation of the story. But space opera with God/Goddesses, whole Kingdoms on ships, political intrigue? SOLD.

I fell in love with his book from the very first page. The writing is just magical. There’s a lot of world building and intricate plotting, yet it’s not confusing and really easy to follow. There were however, several times I went back to re-read passages because Sangu is a master at foreshadowing.

Esme is the type of character I love the most. Their intentions MAY be good – but their execution may not be. She’s tough, yet empathetic. Mean, yet kind. She has swirls of gray all over her and love it. Generally speaking, she handled all the revelations with grace. Her confusion about her family, and its history, was a little more… than she expected.

As with Esme, a lot of the characters aren’t either GOOD or BAD. Most of the time, you are just as confused as Esme on who to trust and who to believe. There is a start of a romance, and I see this developing more in the books to come.

My one and only small gripe, would be the pacing. While I was swept away into this world, it took a big for it to build.

Overall – I loved this book. Riddled with twists & turns, A Spark of White Fire will leave you desperate for the sequel. I highly recommend it!


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4 thoughts on “Review | A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

  1. Heidi

    Well this looks different. I am intrigued. I like different and a space opera sounds like something I should try. Thanks for putting this on my radar.

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