Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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!”

My Synopsis:

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.

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Raghnall’s Revenge by Shauna Richmond

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I absolutely adore the mythical setting for this story! Raghnall’s Revenge is the follow-up book to The Wrath of Raghnall and it absolutely killed it! It’s filled with magical creatures, revenge, and love.

How I Felt:

The story picks up from the end of the last book, continuing in the House of Raghnall’s quest for revenge. Shauna Richmond has the ability to pull the reader right into the story, and while it is a hefty sized book, you don’t realize it as the pages seem to just fly by!

Raghnall’s Revenge is a story of . . . revenge😉. I love the way the author weaves the brutal actions into the story. As I read this book, I had that feeling I would get while reading (or watching) Game of Thrones. The ruthless actions perfectly fit the scene and setting for the story, and it was quite engaging! There are a ton of secrets that are revealed, and the twists that Richmond carefully weaves into the story makes this a page-turner!

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