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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: February 2nd, 2021
Witch. Warrior. Dragon Rider.
Long ago, the covens of the east made a pact to bring peace to the continent. To unite the clans and create a new era of witches, starting with the next generation of matrons. Fang is the first witch of her generation to reach her debut, as the next matron of her coven she has the unique honor of being the first one to fulfill the pact. For the first time in centuries, a Miangese witch will take a foreign consort. Luckily, Fang already has someone in mind. Taken in by the Sun coven in the mountain kingdom of Anda, Fang is more than happy to entertain the alluring young lords of the ruby clan as they compete to win her affections, not knowing her choice has already been made. Or so she thought. Until a chance encounter brings to light the existence of something Fang previously thought to be quite rare, a male witch. The meeting of this young shadow witch— a boy who Fang now owes a debt— starts a chain of events that will make Fang question everything she thought she knew about her Andan allies. In an effort to help him escape his oppressors, Fang and the shadow witch discover a dark presence that is slowly poisoning the innocent citizens of mortal Anda, and a dangerous weapon that could threaten the very peace of the pact that Fang is bound to uphold. As she, her friends, and her new shadow witch companion work to fight against these looming forces, Fang’s feelings towards her own choices slowly start to shift. She must decide what is more important to her, who she wants by her side, and most of all- what she’s willing to give up in order to be the leader her people need.
Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
“ A witch was her own best weapon”
Spark To Shadow, by Altima Kim is a Thai inspired fantasy, with in-depth world building, along with a stunning magic system and of course dragons!!
The story follows Lady Fang Surawan, of the Miangese ruby clan, who is the next Matron of the Surawan coven of witches. Along with her with her closest friends and confidant since birth, Nita and Prim. All three have traveled to the the Sun Estate, so Lady Fang to choose her consort amongst the young lords of Andan.
For the first time in centuries, a Miangese witch will take a foreign consort. It has been common knowledge by that Lady Fangs will choose Sun Kyuho, as her consort, who has held her attention for some time. When an attack on Lady Fang and her coven sister, along with the undeserving local mortals in Sun market. It brings Fang face to face with a male witch, of the shadow gift, Han Sanha from the the onyx territory.
Things come to light in a series of events that the Sun Coven only offer withers (non-magic) for consort, while keeping true male witches a secret. There is dark menacing presences, and young Fang will soon question loyalties and have to make some harsh decisions.
A compelling book full of courtly intrigue that is in a gender reversed world. Impressive atmospherics imagery along with details of rich culture, made for a memorable reading experience. This was a creative ownvoices, with really dynamic representation, along with steamy romantic elements that make it more for the older YA audiences. Once I started the first page I was hooked as the storyline unfolds and twists and secrets come to life in this heart ponding stunning Fantasy!The characters are well executed and developed, I love how strong the woman are portrayed and the authors seamless narration never dragged.
Spark To Shadow, by Altima Kim is a storyline that weaves an intricate fantasy fiction with compelling characters to make one excellent YAFantasy!
“The scars of war run deep throughout Anda “ Magic in the hands of men are dangerous
Atima has been coming up with stories for as long as she can remember. As soon as she learned how to read and write she was putting pen to paper and dreaming up new worlds and adventure. Her life has always been on the page and as she grew up and her interests changed so did her writing. She loves creating places to escape, and more than anything she loves writing about love. She was born in the Midwestern US, to a Thai mother and American father. Her home has always been a mix of languages and cultures, and remains so today. She likee to draw on the places and people and culture that influence her life as inspiration in her writing and she hopes to join the ranks of other Asian American authors representing diverse cultures and voices in the writing community through her books.