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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 (primarily...here 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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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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