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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Single Spark is a work of fiction in the epic fantasy, family saga, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Tayvia Pierce as the first novel in the Rise of The Phoenix series. A twisting family drama filled with conspiracy and intrigue, we find ourselves in a fantasy world where an aristocratic family is forced to leave their land and start anew after rumors of murder and corruption plague them. Lady Carys lies at the core of this family, and though she is overlooked and gossiped about, a storm even bigger than what they’ve been through is waiting to break over their new life before it’s even begun.
Author Tayvia Pierce delivers a fantastic mix of fantasy, mystery, family drama, and suspenseful fiction in this sweeping and complex work of masterful storytelling. I was swept into the characters and their world right from the off, from the comedown of the well-to-do into a rustic world, the mysterious figure that offers them aid, and the tragedy that seems to follow them from chapter to chapter. Structurally this makes for a really exciting and hard to predict plot, which sees Carys and her family put to the test by many different trials as it unfolds. The emotional work put into our central protagonist also makes her an intriguing anti-hero figure, which was very well presented and explored. Overall, I would highly recommend A Single Spark as an excellent start to what promises to be an exciting and engaging fantasy family drama with much more intrigue and mystery to come.