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Sparks (Sparks Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 16, 2013
"Sparks is an impressive first work from a new writer." ~Stormrune, Amazon Reader
"Lark is a sweet, good, caring, loving guy... I fell instantly in love with him." ~Book Boyfriends
"Enchanting to the last page turned, it's a veritable feast for the imagination as McCoy blends the boundaries of her imaginary world." ~Book Viral
"I find that it has more twists and turns than a weasel in a rock slide." ~B. Blair, Amazon Reader
"This is a really solid, tight fantasy. The "sparks" are interesting, varied, and really well thought out." ~MichaelSciFan
"RS McCoy is not afraid of doing things in her book that I've seen some authors struggle with." ~BookChick
About the Author
Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy as well as numerous short stories, some of which now reside in anthologies. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays.
To connect with RS McCoy (or swap recipes), visit her on her website (rsmccoyauthor.com) or check out her Facebook page (facebook.com/AuthorRSMcCoy). You can also join her newsletter to receive release updates, free stories, and bonus extras (eepurl.com/YItp1).
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The traveller reveals that he is gathering students who have the 'Spark' or certain abilities. He himself has a Spark, and that is the ability to find these sorts of people. The students are taken to a school, where they are trained. The author does a good job here of world-building. All the tasks they have to complete are detailed, and you can clearly picture Lark's day to day life. In a surprising move, the book spans months to years; time moves fairly quickly across pages. Mixed in with Lark learning how to use his abilities, is the shady headmistress and headmaster, both of whom want to use Lark for their own nefarious purposes. It would have gotten 4 stars but there were a couple aspects I found confusing towards the end. It could also use a bit more editing (no spelling errors, but some sentences didn't make sense with the word used). Also at one instance, the author writes that Lark completes his 14th summer, even though several chapters previous, he had already turned 16.
McCoy very carefully builds up the world for his story – one community at a time. She spends just enough time within the settings to bring them to life and help create a mental map of how the world is laid out. The little foreshadowing that stands out I think is because it’s for places we haven’t been yet, but which will become important as the series unfolds. She is very careful to include little details that many would consider insignificant, details that really help to bring to life the tundra, forests, mountains, and seas of the world without taking them completely into the unknown.
The political world is not as well defined, though after reading the series, I can see the foundations that are being laid out in this installment. It is going to be interesting to see how those develop and become more influential.
From early childhood into mid-to-late adolescence, we get to experience life along side the main characters. This creates an opportunity to build up the characters from absolutely nothing into people who can (and will) carry the story easily on their shoulders. McCoy does not stint when she unearths a new layer of the personalities for the characters – granted the most focus is on the main characters, but the secondary cast also gets attention as well. This makes for a beautifully woven tapestry that the characters move across throughout the story as it unfolds.
As with the other areas I look at, the pacing felt like it was spot on – nothing felt like it lagged, nor did anything feel like it was rushed. The places that had a naturally slower pace were eased into, just as the scenes that needed to feel a bit more hectic were built up properly.
Magic found inside individuals who thought they were on the verge of death only to become some of those who strive to save a world they love.
This book is a fantastic read and I recommend it to those 15 and older.
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