The Sparks

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5 out of 5 stars
By Arwen in NM on 07-12-17

Worldbuilding for the win

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

First, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did not have any problems determining which character POV I was in. This is a 3rd person narrative with superb narration.

There are approximately five groups in the stories. The Emperor and his military, the normal humans and then the four families. I say five instead of six because one of the families aka the Lightborn, is presumed dead.

The narrators are the three children of the three families ( and there one of the other children is the POV.) Typically I find that very confusing, but Prue made this crystal-clear in his writing.

The story takes you into a feud that's been ongoing for centuries. But, as with many family feuds, the introduction of a more powerful outsider forces them to band together. This isn't an instant thing. The long-standing hatred is not glossed over. They don't trust easily.

Without completely spoiling the story, I'll just say there are twists and turns aplenty. The ending is what I would consider a cliffhanger, but I honestly didn't mind because it was enough of a wrap-up to satisfy me. And enough of an ending hook to make me immediately see if the next book was out.

The thing that really grabbed me was the consistency of the world building. Prue really has a talent for this. This did not remind me of anything else I've ever read. It does have quite a bit of violence in it so the more sensitive might want to look away. I never found the \ violence to be gratuitous.

So I will end with, please sir, may I have some more?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Abbie on 04-13-17

Fantastic Story!

If you could sum up The Sparks in three words, what would they be?

Intelligent Introductory Adventure

Who was your favorite character and why?


What does Jon Eric Preston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narration brings the story to life.

Any additional comments?

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Haddie H. on 04-20-18

Amazing writing, awesome narration

The Sparks by Kyle Prue is simply brilliant. The story just takes you on this journey and you get lost in the adventure and t he characters.
The narration was perfect for a story like this. Jon Eric Preston brought a story in already familiar with to life. It's absolutely fantastic.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 03-21-18

Good Series Start!

Enjoyed the book, great start to what looks to be a good series. Great plot, took a bit to flesh it all out, but works well. Narration was excellent. Well worth the time and credit.

This book was provided at no cost for a fair and honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tiffany Fox on 07-16-17

OMG! Best Book of the Year!

Oh my god! Let me say that again, OH MY GOD! I love trilogies and young adult novels. I love fantasy. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES! This is by far the best beginning to a set of novels I have listened too, since Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. I haven't wanted to run to the bookstore to pick up the next book in a series this much in years! Kyle Prue paints such a vivid world, full of rich detail without making you drown in the words. I know this series is a rather new addition to the publishing world, but if any series is deserving of a movie or tv deal, then this one should be at the top. Filled with fantasy, magic, strength, family, personal growth and loss, The Sparks makes you care about the journey that each character is facing. You can almost relate on some small scale with each trouble they face.

Jon Eric Preston was an outstanding fit for this audio book. I only hope that he continues to narrate the other two books as well. He does an amazing job at making each character unique and full of emotion that you want to feel the same ways. I'm not going to lie, there were moments in this audio book that Preston did such an amazing job at expressing grief that I couldn't help but to cry. When at work and having to explain that your audio book is making you go from angry to crying like a child, you know the narrator has done their job successfully.

Everything about The Sparks makes me want to listen to it over again already. It's the perfect mix of several series over the last few years. From The Kingkiller Chronicles to Game of Thrones. From The Mortal Instruments to Divergent. From The Hunger Games to Harry Potter. There is something from each in this first novel. If you need something new to listen too, please consider Kyle Prue's The Sparks! You can easily listen to this in one day, but the story won't leave you for many after!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy on 06-18-17

I enjoyed it.

What made the experience of listening to The Sparks the most enjoyable?

The narrator, he did a great job.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked them all for different reasons.

What about Jon Eric Preston’s performance did you like?

He did some great voices!

Any additional comments?

Wasn't sure what to expect with this one when the author asked me to review it but it did sound interesting and I ended up enjoying it. :)

In this fantasy world there are three factions The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius. Each one has a special type of power and care called Lightborns and they are suppose to take care of the people but over the years they seemed to care less about everyone and care more about fighting each other. They were always at war with each other then one day the emperor of Altryon, whom is not a nice person, decides it's time to get rid of the three factions and goes after each family. They lose a lot of members and it's the younger family members that realize to fight the emperor and his army they are going to have to do something that hasn't been done in a long time, work together.

I thought it has an interesting concept and the story flowed really well. The author wasn't afraid to kill off people so at times it was kind of sad but made it more realistic.

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