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Sparks (Sparks Saga Book 1) by [McCoy, RS]
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“Everyone in the world has a Spark, a light inside that guides them, keeps them alive.”

Starting school is supposed to be a fun and exciting time for any new student. But for Lark, a skilled archer and fledgling mind-reader, it’s a creative form of torture. Locked in rooms and hallways with both friends and enemies, bombarded by the thoughts and feelings of his peers, Lark is a prisoner.

On a quest to master his Spark, Lark’s mentor–his one ally–is anything but helpful. What Lark fails to realize is the value of his rare ability, and just how far some are willing to go to have control of him.

Now including Chapter One of Spirits.

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Length: Novel, 301 pages
Series: Book One of Three in Sparks Saga

About the Author

RS McCoy didn't ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel was released on Amazon followed by her second novel six months later. She is a wife, mother of two, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4831 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Independent (Dec 4 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H62TKWY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,437 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By David Hall on March 3 2016
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I read this book at the recommendation of a friend but it isn't the type book I would choose to read. It was interesting fiction but very for me it belaboured many parts of the story.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbe5534) out of 5 stars Grand tale of adventure Dec 14 2013
By StormRune - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sparks is an impressive first work from a new writer. The story revolves around a boy, Lark, who agrees to leave his poor family in order to provide medicine for his dying mother. He is transported to Mynixi, a school for children such as he who have a "spark" or a special ability. Lark's special ability is to read the minds of others, but his ability is untrained - and at times its funny the issues he has because of this special ability. Lark must pass 10 rounds of various training in order to graduate, but his mentor, Avis, is bent initially on pushing him out of the program. Along the way, Lark develops deep friendships, finds love and battles political intrigue, all while growing his spark. The story is creative as well as complex. It's a grand tale of adventure - one that you'll have a hard time putting down.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbe5780) out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy. Aug. 15 2015
By Trish (I read too much!) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has all the expected elements of a great fantasy book. It’s not muddied up with highschool drama or shifter-wolf lovers. There are no vampires or ghosts. There’s no detailed intimacy. Nope, this is simply a great, well-planned, and satisfyingly executed fantasy novel, the first of a now complete trilogy.

Unlike some fantasies, though, the story is told from Lark’s perspective (limited 3rd person) the entire time. I found this somewhat refreshing. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a little perspective hopping, but I think the choice to keep it to Lark was a good one. Plus, it was well done and likely kept the story from getting too longwinded. Though we don’t get in the heads of the other characters, Lark is observant enough and aware enough to pick up on the other character’s emotions and motivations, plus, his spark allows him to read their thoughts, so there’s that.

Finally, I enjoyed the magic system, the sparks. They encompass a range of abilities all the way from druidic (as in communing with animals) to physical (the obligatory control over the elements) to mental (like Lark’s mind reading). The Myxini school, which Lark and his friends attend, teaches its gifted students how to master their sparks, among other things. While students are separated according to type of spark, there are rumors that at times an incredibly gifted student is blessed with more than one. That in itself piqued my interest. I love stories where it seems someone in the main character’s inner circle is super gifted. And this one did it in a way that it didn’t turn anyone into a superman figure, too perfect to believe, and neither did it make it obvious, which kept me guessing.

I guess if I had to pin down anything I didn’t like it would have to be the time jumps in the middle and also the ease with which the characters accepted their lot in the end. As for the time jumps, they were probably needed to keep the story from being bogged down in tedium, but some were rather sudden, a whole year gone by with a quick recap of the highlights, or a choppy shift between fast forward and real time in others. As for the end, well, I don’t want to spoil it. Let’s just say it left me confused, just a bit, about why the characters would make the choices they did under those circumstances, although the outcome was in tune with my expectations for a book in the fantasy genre.

Overall, I really liked this book. It had a great balance between fantasy elements, politics, and plotting. It’s not too complex or long, but it is meaty enough and long enough to keep the reader engaged. I found the characters and the world well-developed without being bogged down in description. As for those few things I didn’t like, they weren’t enough to take away from my enjoyment of this book. I would recommend this story to folks who enjoy fantasy, magic, and coming of age books.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review was written for the PureTextuality.com blog.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By R.A. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A fantasy novel with decent editing and writing, and no plot holes that I can remember. Some things that felt clunky and forced near the beginning turned out to be reasonable later on, so if you come across anything that feels that way to you, don't give up on it. I continually had the feeling that I was being told the story at a much later date, and while the story was interesting enough to keep me reading, I didn't feel like I was experiencing it. I think that's why I didn't develop an attachment to any of the characters. Since I didn't feel connected to them I sometimes found myself checking to see how much longer the book would be, and I finished more because I was curious about how it would wrap up than because I cared what happened to the people. Since I read for characters more than world, plot, and adventure, this was a serious drawback for me.
Language: Lots of profanity. For some reason, I have a harder time accepting the 'f' word in fantasy than in other genres, not that I like reading it anywhere. If you don't like it either, skip this book.
Sexual Content: It happens off camera. I don't remember there being any details.
Violence: Some fighting and killing, mainly near the end.
Over-All Plot/Message: A plot-driven book that all wraps up neatly. Some things might have been surprising if I had been invested in the characters. I recommend 'Sparks' to those who are more interested in a circumstance-driven story than in losing themselves in characters.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbe5b64) out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down! Jan. 8 2014
By aydee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book! I finished it in a day.
A brilliant new fantasy concept, intelligent writing, and the author's innate story-telling ability combined to produce a tale that I could not get enough of.
Lark is such a creative protagonist, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and see him grow and change. His goodness and determination to succeed make him such a loveable character. The world-building in this novel is superb, without being overly wordy. I had no problem imagining the lands McCoy describes.

This book was absolutely excellent, and I cannot wait for the sequel!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbe5a38) out of 5 stars Refreshing Jan. 4 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great story from a first time author. I loved every minute of it. I would classify the story as a paranormal. I am hoping this is what the author was going for because it had you mind readers, ability to move elements, hearing animals, and many more.
Lark is a sweet, good, caring, loving guy. He from childhood is a child every parent could be proud of. His ability of reading minds throughout the book, making it better. I fell instantly in love with him. He was a great character to get to know. He was an awesome hunter too.
Khea is just like the synopsis says. She is a small, frightened girl. She comes into her own though. You will have to read to find out how. I will say that Lark and Khea are a special pair even more so being together.
This has a sweet love story to it. I am hoping for a sequel. I am giving this book 4.5 hearts. It was a change of pace for me that I needed.