I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Sparks by Kyle Prue
Length: 9 hours and 14 minutes
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Cartwright Publishing Pages: 300
Narrator: John Eric Preston
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Winner of Best YA Fiction 2015! Now with a gorgeous new cover and a revised edition with less points of view and great new content.
HONOR DOES NOT BEND. A WILL OF IRON DOES NOT BREAKVICTORY LIES WITHIN THE ASHES.
The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting, have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all as the families have been weakened by massive casualties.
16-year-old, Neil Vapros, desperately wants to become an assassin in order to please his overbearing father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and the lives of everyone in Altryon – regardless of their family name or allegiance.
Here is what I thought
Wasn’t sure what to expect with this one when the author asked me to review it but it did sound interesting and I ended up enjoying it. 🙂
In this fantasy world there are three factions The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius. Each one has a special type of power and care called Lightborns and they are suppose to take care of the people but over the years they seemed to care less about everyone and care more about fighting each other. They were always at war with each other then one day the emperor of Altryon, whom is not a nice person, decides it’s time to get rid of the three factions and goes after each family. They lose a lot of members and it’s the younger family members that realize to fight the emperor and his army they are going to have to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time, work together.
I thought it has an interesting concept and the story flowed really well. The author wasn’t afraid to kill off people so at times it was kind of sad but made it more realistic. You get several POV’s since it has three different factions and the main ones are Neil, Lisa and Darius (if I remember right). I like Neil and Lisa, but Darius has to redeem himself as I really just didn’t like him much though I did feel a bit sorry for him towards the end.
Lots of world building and all that jazz which I am not a huge fan of but that is why I like to listen to my fantasy books as it’s easy to get through all that detail.
I thought this was an unexpected treat as I really enjoyed it and I am curious about what is going to happen to them next. I am really impressed with the fact that this author was 16 when he wrote this one!
Recommend if you like
This was my first book with Jon Eric Preston and he does an amazing job. I was really sold on him after his voice for one character that was just so fun! He was great with voices.
Audio rating: 4.5
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