In a universe of Gods and Goddesses, moons that hide ancient beasts, and cities built on the back of spaceships, infant Princess Esmae was cast into deep space, surviving only by the grace of a Goddess.
Raised far away from her birth home of Kali, Esme longs to return to her real family. And when the King of Wychstar issues a challenge, offering to gift his unbeatable, sentient warship, Titania, to a warrior that can win his competition, the way home becomes clear: she'll help her brother, Prince Alexi, win the ship and consequently, win her place back in the arms of her family.
But when Alexi rejects, she instead enters as the champion of Max, who banished Alexi's family from their ancestral home, waging a war that pits cousin against cousin.
And she does the unthinkable. She wins.
Now, Esmae finds herself on the wrong side of an inevitable war, with the Goddess-blessed Titania in the hands of her family's enemies. Will she be able to reunite with her brother and learn why the queen banished her? Or will her family literally destroy itself, with the weapons she gave them?
Drawing on Indian mythology including the Mahabharata, A Spark of White Fire is a sweeping young adult sci-fi/fantasy retelling that stretches across the universe exploring love, friendship, and the complicated ties that bind families together, and rip them apart, in a world where Gods and Goddesses keep an eye on the stars . . . and the people they favor that fight among them.
I enjoyed reading this book so much! It was just so fantastic, and unique, and a space drama, basically. I really enjoyed the world, and the characters, and their relationships with one another, because it was a complicated situation!
This book was about the relationships a family has, and how complicated they can be, especially if you're royalty, and have a whole kingdom to take care of. So there was a lot of politics, as well! That an uncle took a kingdom from his nephew, yeah, complicated. I felt bad for Esmae, and the position she was in, because she went in on her brother's side. But her Uncle's side, yeah, they're real people, so it became complicated very quickly!
On one hand, the politics of this family has a lot of consequences, because of the position in life they have. On the other, it feels close and personal, which was really great to read! And with the Gods and Goddesses watching on, and have since basically the beginning. That is a lot of pressure!
That ending, was just so evil! I want more! Such a cliffhanger ending! We know what's supposed to happen, but it ended, so we don't know if it's going to happen or if it's even going to happen, because who knows, it could be changed!
Loved reading this book, and I can't wait for more from this series!
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Series: The Celestial Trilogy #1
Read: August 13th, 2018
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a Sophomore Challenge Book!
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: September 4th 2019