Duty. Desire. Destiny.
What I Loved:
Well, this book gave me a book hangover, and I loved that! I got really connected to the characters and by the end, I was like…
“WAIT! It can’t be over!”
Flight of the Spark introduces us to Iskra. She lives in a small village with a long list of rules to keep everyone safe.
📜 No cooking in your own home.
📜 Don’t question the leaders.
📜 Don’t go near a Risker encampment. (They are bad and dangerous!)
📜 Volunteer day is mandatory.
📜 Marry the person we feel is best for you.
The list goes on and on. Iskra is happy in her life. She would like a mother that was more loving and less concerned about her reputation with the neighbors, but overall, she’s comfortable and safe.
Iskra and her friend, Tavda, are traveling to a nearby village, and Iskra is so excited about her first trip outside her city’s walls. She misses the caravan home, and panicking over how much trouble she will be in, she hitches a ride with a lone traveler. As they catch up to the caravan, they find bandits have attacked the traveling group. Iskra runs for her life as the bandits chase her, and she is saved by two men.
This experience starts a series of events that lead Iskra to question all the “truths” she has been told about her life and the world around her. She travels with the two men to a Risker camp and finds nothing the way she was told it would be. Now she wonders at all the secrets and lies her leaders have told her and she begins to dig for the truth. What she finds is a romance with a forbidden lover, friends who become enemies, and a destiny that cannot be avoided.
How I Felt:
Flight of the Spark had a wonderful story that really drew me in. I was interested in the beginning as the world unfolded, but by the time Iskra was attacked by bandits, I was engrossed. I thought that Evelyn Puerto did a great job building the world of this story. Fantasy novels must have good world-building or I feel completely lost, so I was so happy at the details provided by Puerto.
The book uses multiple character perspectives to tell the story. I liked the insight this gave the reader as it helped to provide truths to me that Iskra had not uncovered. I think, however, that it made me a bit impatient with Iskra’s character growth. She is in the dark about everything so much longer than the reader is, and I found myself getting frustrated with her at times. She does get to where the reader does, it just takes longer.
There were a ton of secrets about the world Iskra lives in. I kept finding myself shocked again and again as more was revealed. I think that Puerto did a great job weaving the story with Iskra’s destiny and this book sets the reader up to be so excited about book two. This definitely ends on a cliffhanger that will have you wanting the next book right now.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are complex and likable. The world has history and depth making it feel real, and the plot is enticing and exciting!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Flight of the Spark for readers that like a fantasy with a focus on the character’s destiny. Slow-burn romance readers will enjoy this as well!
Where to Find This Book:
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Duty. Desire. Destiny.
How far would you go to be safe… to be free…to be loved?
Iskra doesn’t question the rules. The rules are there to keep her safe from those who are deemed unsafe or unfair. Anyone who breaks the rules is taken, never to be heard from again. But that’s the price everyone gladly pays for peace and safety. And no one wants to live like the Riskers–barbarians who reject order and justice, and could kill or be killed at any moment.
When a friend is taken because of Iskra, the guilt forces her to do the unthinkable: seek out the Riskers. Iskra’s quest to save her friend quickly entangles her fate with a cryptic prophecy and a young Risker named Xico, who ensnares her heart and is willing to put it all on the line to win her.
With every risk Iskra takes, the closer she gets to true freedom. But every choice carries a consequence. The choices she makes set events she never imagined into motion, and the price of her freedom could very well be her life and the life of the man she loves.
Just the Facts:
Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto
Series: Outlawed Myth, Book 1
Genre: Fantasy / Romance
Page Count: 408 pages
Publisher: Open Water Books
Pub Date: December 3, 2019
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.