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Sparks (Sparks Saga Book 1) by [McCoy, RS]
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"Sparks is an impressive first work from a new writer. The story is creative as well as complex. It's a grand tale of adventure - one that you'll have a hard time putting down." ~Stormrune, Amazon Reader 

"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 

"A brilliant new fantasy concept, intelligent writing, and the author's innate story-telling ability combined to produce a tale that I could not get enough of.Lark is such a creative protagonist, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and see him grow and change. His goodness and determination to succeed make him such a loveable character. The world-building in this novel is superb, without being overly wordy. I had no problem imagining the lands McCoy describes." ~Aydee, Amazon Reader

"This is a really solid, tight fantasy. The "sparks" are interesting, varied, and really well thought out. character-wise, I really loved both Lark and Khea, and they are good souls who are deeply developed. They have a great and realistic romance that goes through the novel, and its really great to follow along as they learn more about their world, their abilities, and each other." ~MichaelSciFan

"This book has all the expected elements of a great fantasy book. It's not muddied up with highschool drama or shifter-wolf lovers. There are no vampires or ghosts. There's no detailed intimacy. Nope, this is simply a great, well-planned, and satisfyingly executed fantasy novel, the first of a now complete trilogy." Trish, Amazon Reader

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).

Product Details

  • File Size: 4831 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Independent (December 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H62TKWY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,717 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Sparks is an impressive first work from a new writer. The story revolves around a boy, Lark, who agrees to leave his poor family in order to provide medicine for his dying mother. He is transported to Mynixi, a school for children such as he who have a "spark" or a special ability. Lark's special ability is to read the minds of others, but his ability is untrained - and at times its funny the issues he has because of this special ability. Lark must pass 10 rounds of various training in order to graduate, but his mentor, Avis, is bent initially on pushing him out of the program. Along the way, Lark develops deep friendships, finds love and battles political intrigue, all while growing his spark. The story is creative as well as complex. It's a grand tale of adventure - one that you'll have a hard time putting down.
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This book has all the expected elements of a great fantasy book. It’s not muddied up with highschool drama or shifter-wolf lovers. There are no vampires or ghosts. There’s no detailed intimacy. Nope, this is simply a great, well-planned, and satisfyingly executed fantasy novel, the first of a now complete trilogy.

Unlike some fantasies, though, the story is told from Lark’s perspective (limited 3rd person) the entire time. I found this somewhat refreshing. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a little perspective hopping, but I think the choice to keep it to Lark was a good one. Plus, it was well done and likely kept the story from getting too longwinded. Though we don’t get in the heads of the other characters, Lark is observant enough and aware enough to pick up on the other character’s emotions and motivations, plus, his spark allows him to read their thoughts, so there’s that.

Finally, I enjoyed the magic system, the sparks. They encompass a range of abilities all the way from druidic (as in communing with animals) to physical (the obligatory control over the elements) to mental (like Lark’s mind reading). The Myxini school, which Lark and his friends attend, teaches its gifted students how to master their sparks, among other things. While students are separated according to type of spark, there are rumors that at times an incredibly gifted student is blessed with more than one. That in itself piqued my interest. I love stories where it seems someone in the main character’s inner circle is super gifted. And this one did it in a way that it didn’t turn anyone into a superman figure, too perfect to believe, and neither did it make it obvious, which kept me guessing.
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By R.A. White on January 2, 2015
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A fantasy novel with decent editing and writing, and no plot holes that I can remember. Some things that felt clunky and forced near the beginning turned out to be reasonable later on, so if you come across anything that feels that way to you, don't give up on it. I continually had the feeling that I was being told the story at a much later date, and while the story was interesting enough to keep me reading, I didn't feel like I was experiencing it. I think that's why I didn't develop an attachment to any of the characters. Since I didn't feel connected to them I sometimes found myself checking to see how much longer the book would be, and I finished more because I was curious about how it would wrap up than because I cared what happened to the people. Since I read for characters more than world, plot, and adventure, this was a serious drawback for me.
Language: Lots of profanity. For some reason, I have a harder time accepting the 'f' word in fantasy than in other genres, not that I like reading it anywhere. If you don't like it either, skip this book.
Sexual Content: It happens off camera. I don't remember there being any details.
Violence: Some fighting and killing, mainly near the end.
Over-All Plot/Message: A plot-driven book that all wraps up neatly. Some things might have been surprising if I had been invested in the characters. I recommend 'Sparks' to those who are more interested in a circumstance-driven story than in losing themselves in characters.
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Even though I liked the premise behind this book, the author didn't quite manage to in the story's execution. It earns three out of five stars.
This book started slow. Much of the first quarter of the book ended up being back story for the "main event" in the book. It was about saving the person you love.
I enjoyed the concept of special abilities being sparks, but how they began and what made them manifest remains sketchy. The ability of "charmed" copper bracelets (and what gift makes a person able to charm them? Can anyone charm copper with their spark? Why does it seem to never wear off?) to block powers didn't make sense, but it was an integral part of making the plot work. Thus, they became a "gimmick" for the author and kept me from suspending my disbelief. Also, Lark could push through some of the bracelets but not others. Why? That didn't make sense and wasn't sufficiently explained.
This story made for a fair way to pass the miles on my treadmill, but it wasn't gripping enough to keep me picking it up the rest of the time. An interesting and unique magic system, a strange government - which lacked depth, a school controlled by power-hungry mystics and islanders who practice human sacrifice melded together to paint an interesting picture. Just don't expect to be wowed by the prose or find deeply-interesting characters.
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