“Keeping them alive was harder than I ever thought possible.”
The devoted lover and proud father Lark is on the verge of losing it all. His abilities are slowly fading without reason and his enemies are looming ever closer. He has mere days to prepare for war and earn the allegiance of the Nakben tribes, none of which are eager to fight for a foreign queen.
With his life and family hanging in the balance, Lark enters enemy territory, but he doesn’t realize just how weak he’s become.
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2015
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Schism wraps up the Sparks Saga in a rather surprising, but oddly satisfying way. Lark and Khea are parents now, leading their new people, the Nabken, against their former allies in a hopelessly outnumbered war. Meanwhile, the spirits that fuel their sparks are growing confused and unresponsive.
What I liked most about this story was the natural way in which the story is told. It really draws you in and makes you feel a part of things. Lark’s devotion to Khea seems so real I could feel it. His fear of losing her and their child drives his actions and the progression of the story.
Meanwhile, the political aspects of the book are also intriguing. Khea’s rise to power isn’t enough to guarantee the use of the army she’ll need to fight off the looming invasion. The frustration really comes through, even from Lark’s perspective, but I love how the two of them work as a team while all the while remaining true to their new culture. And that made me think, particularly about loyalty and devotion.
Adding to that, this story is quite exciting. The brawn versus magic element to the battles is very well done, and I love how the balance is so close despite the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two forces. And the fights, some were epic, others more personal, but I felt like I was there no matter the scale.
Besides that, the only thing that threw me was the epilogue. In fact, I had to mull it over for a couple of days before I felt I could write this review. It makes sense, really it does, but I struggled to come to terms with it on an emotional level.
Overall, I really liked this story. It’s complex and engaging. Folks who love fantasy with solid world-building and magic, romance and tragedy, will likely enjoy this book and the series as a whole. Highly recommended.
I received a review copy of this book from the author and wrote this review for the blog at PureTextuality.com.
The review copy of this book was supplied by the author in exchange for fair and honest review.
About R.S. McCoy
RS McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel will be released on Amazon soon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of one with another on the way, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.