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Spirits (Sparks Saga) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 5, 2013
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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, The Alder Tales series, and The Extraction Files. 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.
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Since this is the second installment, and we’ve been introduced to much of the physical locations for this one, there wasn’t as much world building necessary to keep the story alive for me. Perhaps it may have been a tad short if it’s been a while between Sparks and Spirits yet I’m willing to say the vibrancy of the world, even in the slightly truncated presentation for Spirits would be enough to bring everything back to life again.
The new element introduced in this installment was the political sphere, and how it influences the world. The foundations had been laid down in Sparks but not really built upon. Spirits builds the political framework within the tapestry the story has woven so far. Along side the political framework, McCoy also starts to build up the spiritual and religious framework for the (now) focal culture. It’s an interesting blend, to say the least. Without presenting any spoilers, I love how so many disparate cultures are brought in to provide for both the political and religious foundations – definitely adds a depth and richness to the backdrop for the story to play out in front of.
Although this may not have been McCoy’s intent, the character development within this installment highlights several real life issues – over dependence on someone, and dealing with trauma. Both of these issues are given plausible solutions as the characters work through their own internal issues along with relationship concerns.
This installment picks up the character development from mid-to-late adolescence and carries it into early adulthood. Along the way the characters grow and mature in several different directions – many of which you would not suspect from reading Sparks, which adds some interesting, and completely unexpected, twists to the story line. There is definitely a heavy highlight on the tried-and-true “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again, something happens after” within this installment. However, McCoy manages to add realistic challenges along the way for the romance to appear realistic, rather than a forced “these two must love each other because I said so” approach. (Though, there is a touch of that as well – most of which is wrapped up in the magic system.)
The secondary cast also gets some extra attention in this installment, giving them a chance to grow and mature as well. (Or in one instance, grow and age as necessary.) All of this helps the overall story continue to add depth and plausibility to the realism which has begun to pop its head up within the fantastical setting.
As with Sparks, I feel that Spirits is spot on with the pacing. The tender moments are slow enough to fully enjoy without dragging them out, and the scenes of conflict are fast, yet not cut short for the sake of keeping the story moving. All in all, I have no complaints about this aspect of the book, nor are there scenes that I felt needed any additional information in.
Spirits is book two of the series. When I landed on the first page of the first chapter, it felt like no time has passed since the first book. It was the best feeling ever. It felt like the adventure was not interrupted with the ending of the first book. The adventure goes on as if there was no necessary pause. It felt like I was back in familiar territory. I was in my comfort zone.
This second installment talked about Lark and Kea's life on the island, their new home. Lark has to master his other gifts to be able to fight and defend their new home and its people. With this, he found that the best way to master his abilities in a short time would be to find the Spirits. So, Lark, went on a quest to find the spirits and convince them to give him the power to master the elements and objects of their domain.
Wow! Lark went on amazing adventures and met new friends. Undoubtedly, his quest was not anything easy. His adventures were the best part of this story. He has accomplished amazing and extraordinary feats while trying not to worry too much about Kea and the baby inside her womb.
I was so mesmerized and so involved in this story. I was hoping that Lark will survive each journey and find what he was seeking for. In the end, with his strength of character, his resourcefulness and his faith in himself made him successful in all his endeavors even with a lot of odds against him. He also found very unlikely allies that he thought have gone and left him. Yet, with his new abilities, he was able to summon help from very unexpected places. Thus, helping him also deal with all the issues he was battling with. Really, really amazing and unbelievable.
I realized I should have read this sooner. Good thing I read this book and the third one right after the other. It was the most wonderful journey ever. I give this book 5/5 hot balls of flames. Like Lark being consumed by his guilt and anger for what happened to his friends and his best friend. This book will do the same to you. You will be consumed and engulfed in this story and won't stop until you reach the last page. You won't leave Lark until he gets to terms with his grief and guilt and master his gifts.
Anger is the seed. It is the ember to create all the flames you need.
- RS McCoy, Spirits -
Thank you again, RS McCoy for the copy.
This is a voluntary review. I was gifted a copy.
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This book was a really good read...a great installment to this saga. RS McCoy wrote it really well.Read more
This book continues where the first left off. And I really enjoyed this one as well!Read more