One teen assassin-in-training must unite three warring supernatural dynasties before death comes to them all…
Find out why USA Today calls The Sparks “a crackling read” that “builds a vivid world (both) otherworldly and relatable."
Neil Vapros just wants to make his father proud. The sixteen-year-old aspires to serve his family as an assassin, but he nearly dies in the process. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Neil’s family, as well as two rival dynasties, have abandoned an ancient promise to protect their city. An unknown evil has begun hunting all three houses from the shadows…
As Neil’s relatives fall one-by-one, he attempts to unite the three supernatural families against a common enemy. But earning trust after years of assassination attempts could prove impossible. Neil’s fight may involve more than a bloodthirsty empire, as betrayal rears its ugly head…
The Sparks is the first book in the award-winning Epic Feud trilogy of young adult fantasy novels. If you like captivating characters, inventive world building, and supernatural battles, then you’ll love Kyle Prue’s action-packed coming-of-age tale. Buy The Sparks today to ignite your thirst for adventure!
“A crackling read. The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once otherworldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a deft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue’s young age. He’s a voice to be heard.” (Scott Bowles, USA Today)
Winner of numerous national awards including: Best Book in Florida and Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015 from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. The Sparks was runner up for Best Young Adult Fiction at the Florida Book Festival and won Honorable Mentions at the New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Prue also won an International Moonbeam Award and Indie Fab award for Best Young Author.
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"A crackling read. The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once otherworldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a deft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue's young age. He's a voice to be heard." (Scott Bowles, USA Today)
I really enjoyed the intriguing concept behind this riveting story. There is a lot angst and hard times along the way, but the young people who are the main characters in this story prevail against all odds. The characters are interesting, and the author draws out the details of their lives and personalities as the story progresses. We learn about them little by little until we begin to root for even those that might have seemed unlikable, selfish, or cold at first. The characters grow and evolve as well, hardened by the events of their lives. I see the second book in the trilogy is just now coming out, and I can't wait to continue the story.
The narration was very good and well-paced overall, although it almost sounded like a different narrator took over about 1 1/2 hours from the end, as the voice seemed to change. At that point, the delivery sounded a little more stilted to my ears, and not as smooth. Still, very good overall, and I would listen to this one again.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
Zach's YA Reviews
Overall, it's a pretty good audiobook. I have read better ones that put more effort into their production, but those ones are going above and beyond, while this one stands out even with no added bells and whistles.
This book definitely reminds me of the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes in terms of how each protagonist isn't necessarily a pure an innocent soul, but at the end of the day, they're basically good. Also, in terms of the feuding families thing, there definitely seems to be some inspiration taken from Romeo and Juliet, although there really isn't a romance in this story.
Preston goes above and beyond in his narration. He brings out all of the complex emotions in these characters and seems to really be doing his best to bring this world to life.
Magical Families Must Put Aside a Centuries-Long Feud to Combat an Emerging New Foe.
Intelligent Introductory Adventure
His narration brings the story to life.
This book kept me interested from the first page. This book was so well laid out that even with the complex storyline the action kept moving. Fabulous vocabulary. Can't wait for Flames.
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Three families were given superhuman powers to protect the city of Altryon from the dangers beyond its walls. Over the years, a blood feud ensues forcing the families to fight and become sworn enemies of one another. Like all families, the children have different ideas, wants and desires; it is this that ensures the families might survive the evil emperor and his friend who is a new superhuman.
Joining forces, the surviving Vapros (assassins that teleport and turn people into ash), The Taurlum (steel like skin and godlike strength) and the Celerius (super speed and self-healing powers), they hope to free their families from the dungeons and expel the evil emperor. For some that is not enough, they want to end the blood feud forever but freeing their families may prevent this for each family holds true to their version of honor, will, and what constitutes victory.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was easy to see how an entire town could be fooled into believing they were the only ones on the planet; anything outside their walls were savages and deadly based on a highly and effectively promoted idea.
Isolating people is the number one way a leader can step into position and abuse their power. The emperor did this effectively. The manner in which the remaining families came together was well done and realistic. I am looking forward to books 2 and 3.
The author, Kyle Prue did an excellent job of crafting the story line and developing the characters. I enjoyed the bantering back and forth and the final scene of the remaining survivors coming together. The character’s behaviors as each hurdle was discovered and faced was realistic demonstrating clearly how difficult egos can be and what it takes to get past them.
The narrator, Jon Eric Preston performed the book very well. His does not do female voices well but they were different enough that they were acceptable. I thought he spoke clearly and inferred excitement, loss, sorrow, love, hate, and other emotions very well through the tone inflections. His voice was calming and soft which was pleasant.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, adventure and action packed stories.
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