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A Spark of White Fire

(The Celestial Trilogy #1)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  141 reviews
In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift
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Hardcover, 311 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Sky Pony (first published September 4th 2018)
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Vibur
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Spark of White Fire is, in the literal sense, a story of cosmic scope and mythic proportions.
It was a seamless melding of fantasy and science fiction (my go-to genres!), spun from the rich fabric of Indian mythology and folklore. And yes, I was utterly captivated, swept up in this dazzlingly kaleidoscopic world of spaceship kingdoms, celestial battles and whimsical, powerful gods.

The prose is clear, precise, but nothing outstanding. Yet, there is something enchanting about the storytelling—so
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Acqua
4.5 stars.

A Spark of White Fire is an example of political intrigue done right in YA, and one of the best YA books set in space I've ever read.

I don't know if it's right to call A Spark of White Fire "science fiction". This Mahabharata retelling is a genre-bending gem - which isn't as common as it should be in YA - because it's set in space, but it reads like a high fantasy novel.
There are gods, talking spaceships that are just the space version of fantasy talking dragons, a beautiful city float
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Full review is up on my blog, The Quiet Pond.

I don't say this often, so listen up: THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING FROM START TO FINISH AND IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE READ.
My goodness, this book is brilliant. An effortless new all-time favourite book.

- The book follows Esmae, the twin of an exiled prince, who longs to reunite with her family and help them win back their kingdom. Until, of course, this plan falls apart and she's met with obstacles she could never have anticipated.
- This is the sort of s
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Alexandra
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1018
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found at 29/9 on *Milky Way of Books*

This story left me in a breathless heap of emotions, astonishment and fangirling. If this book doesn't get fanart then you're all doomed.

A world where sci-fi, fantasy, gods and kingdoms are living together is the themes in A spark of white fire. I would say that you take Game of Thrones, pull it into space, making it into a retelling of the Mahabrahata, and you ha
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Kelly Brigid
“Watch as one act leads to another after that. Watch the trees pass white flames on. Watch the forest burn.”

A Spark of White Fire reminds me of bacon with ice cream. A mixture of two incredible things that are shockingly even more pleasing when mixed together! I’ve never before had the great fortune of reading a novel that perfectly blends elements from so many genres in a seamless manner. The juxtaposition of Indian Mythology in a vivid outer space setting, stirred up with wonderfully compl
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✨    jamieson   ✨
Jun 07, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipated-2018


sounds so good !!! keen as a bean for this one
Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
This book was such a pleasant surprise!

For added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =)

Premise

Esmae is stuck living in the shadows of her world with so much to offer and yet her value is unnoticed. She’s a servant, with only a select few who know that she's a princess in hiding, and decides to claim her stake in the politically shifty landscape when she publicly wins a contest for the most powerful warship in existence. Tired of being undervalued, she enacts her plan to win back her bro
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Sangu Mandanna
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm totally biased, but I love this book. I loved every minute of writing it and I can't wait for you guys to meet Esmae. I so, so hope you love this as much as I do.
Sahitya
Something you should know about me - I absolutely love and adore the Mahabharata since childhood. I've read so many versions of the epic by different authors in multiple languages and I keep continuing to do so even now. So, when I got to know about this book, I knew I was going to read it, despite the fact that I don't enjoy science fiction and never read books set in space. I just couldn't imagine not reading a YA novel based on the Mahabharata and I had very high expectations right from the b ...more
Natasha Ngan
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So grateful I got to read an early copy! This is a super addictive, captivating read. I love the way Sangu blends fantastical elements with sci-fi and the Indian mythology inspiration is rich and unique. A heroine you’ll root for from from page 1 and a fast-paced plot with so many twists and surprises. Loved it!!
Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
*Rating* 4.0

*Thoughts*

A Spark of White Fire, by author Sangu Mandanna, is the first chapter of a major new trilogy with everything you want: complicated family dynamics that could rip the universe asunder, exhilarating action aboard an epic warship, swoony romance that will have readers begging for more. The story itself was pitched as Red Rising meets An Ember in the Ashes. It is a multicultural YA space opera inspired
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Vicky Who Reads
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
4 stars

Mandanna really does not beat around the bush, and I really appreciate that.

Right from the start you're thrust into the action and stakes, and although it was a little surprising and took a chapter or two to understand and get used to, it was so worth it and far better than the alternative info dump.

Although there's no formal prologue or introduction etc., it was easy to adapt to the idea of gods and the science fiction aspects, even as someone unfamiliar to the Indian mythology, which I
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Justine
YALL DESERVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK

10/1/18

I loved every aspect that there is in this novel!

The atmosphere of the world building is more than what I had anticipated, space opera with the blending of Indian mythology of Mahabharata. It was filled with vivid imagery. What blows me away is the mixture of modern technology, the presence of ships, advanced even for that matter. And the rich cultural beliefs and its weaponry choices. I adore the blending of both science fiction and fantasy in here.

The c
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Shealea


Despite being heavily influenced by the ancient epic Mahabharata and other Indian lore, there is nothing quite like Mandanna’s novel – A Spark of White Fire is an absolutely unique, genre-defying gamechanger in YA.

- Perfectly seamless blending of fantasy and science fiction elements!
- Intricately developed world-building nicely integrated with Indian mythology!
- Meddlesome gods and goddesses, and celestial weapons blessed by them!
- Flawed, morally ambiguous characters of color!
- Family complexit
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❀
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
From the moment they walked in here, they saw only what they expected and missed the truth.
They saw the pawn.
And missed the queen.

✰✰✰ (more like 3.5 though)

A Spark of White Fire follows Esmae, a lost princess who is ready to reveal her true identify fighting for Titania, an unbeatable spacesip blessed by gods, and help his brother Alexi to win back his throne in Kali, which was stolen by their uncle Elvar.

Indial mythology in space + political intrigue? I was sold when I hear about it, and to
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Kal ★ Reader Voracious
📣 A Spark of White Fire is here! Don't sleep on this epic adventure!
"Your arrow was a spark. A spark of fire so hot and white that no one will be able to put it out. And even a spark of fire can consume an entire forest if it can jump from tree to tree...Watch as one act leads to another and then to another after that. Watch the trees pass white flames on. Watch the forest burn."
If you enjoy political intrigue, space operas, complex characters, and amazing worldbuilding A Spark of White Fire
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
multicultural YA space opera trilogy thank God
Kay Wisteria
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know, when I pick up a science fiction book, I'm typically not expecting Gods and swords and arrows and kingdoms and all things fantasy. And when I pick up a high fantasy, I'm typically not expecting people living permanently on spaceships and frequent interplanetary travel. These two things are very, very different, and I really wouldn't expect them to work out together, but in this case they totally did!!

The book opens with Esmae ready to enter a competition for the best warrior to win the
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Nandini Bharadwaj
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, reviewed-on-ub
This is an #OwnVoices review.

This was one of my highly anticipated reads because a sci-fi spin on a beloved and revered classic of Indian mythology really intrigued me. As the source material is vast in its scope, I was wondering how a trilogy was going to pay homage to that. It turns out that it did so much better than what I was expecting.

I absolutely adored each and every one of the characters in this book. They were complex, multi-layered people with their own motivations. The clear divide b
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KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
Edelweiss granted me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. And honest is what I will offer you.

4.999999999/5 Blueflower Jewel Stars

I fell in love with this story. And it utterly destroyed me.

And as the minutes tick down, the pieces move into place.
A usurper king.
A heroic exile.
A jealous prince.
An old warrior.
A cursed mother.
A war goddess.
And a girl.


Who knew such a girl would become A Spark of White Fire that would burn the whole world down? A girl who was just a pawn became a queen. An e
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Mishma
THIS BOOK IS BRILLIANT AND GLORIOUS AND HEARTBREAKING AND ALL OF YOU NEED TO READ IT!
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Years ago, I read Sangu Mandanna’s debut novel. While I wasn’t exactly blown away, I thought it’d be worth returning to her work later on in her career. So when I heard about her second book, A Spark of White Fire, a young adult sci-fi novel inspired by the Mahabharata, I decided to give it a go. And as it turns out, she’s really grown as a writer! A Spark of White Fire is an entertaining entry to the field of young adult SFF, and I have a hunch that it’ll be one of my favorite YA novels of 2018 ...more
Scrill
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, sci-fi, ya, xeno

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ARC provided by Edelweiss for a fair review.

In an opportune moment to win the unbeatable battleship, Titania, Esmae challenges the exiled prince. Winning the challenge, she reveals her secret identity which unfurls a chain of reactions that lead her down a path that the gods foretell her of death.divider

The Story-
So this was supposed to be a Mahabharata/Indian folklore retelling, which I honestly don’t know much about. I loved the idea of this girl who was fighting f
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Chachic
Originally posted as a bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu3_edmnV2T/

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna is a YA title inspired by the Mahabharata. It has a mix of space opera and fantasy, kingdoms built on spaceships, interplanetary travel, a sentient warhsip, meddlesome gods and goddesses, and political intrigue involving royal families. Its unique worldbuilding made the book such a fascinating read. It may sound like the story has a complex world but the writing is very accessible
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Nicole Hewitt
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This is the type of book that leaves you thinking, “What did I just read?” immediately followed by, “When can I have more?” There were so many surprises to the story, and I found myself completely engrossed.

What Fed My Addiction:

Shattered all my expectations.
When I started reading this, I thought I knew generally where it was going to go—the storyline seemed familiar. (And not because it’s based on the Mahabharata.) A
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maegan ✷
You may also find this review on my blog here.

I received an e-ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

FINAL RATING: 3 stars

TRIGGER WARNINGS: death; blood; murder

The thing about A Spark of White Fire is that it could have been an outstanding book. Morally gray characters? Check. Political intrigue? Check. Badass gods and goddesses and equally fearsome warriors in space? Check.

It just fell flat.

Here’s the thing: I was a huge fan of the beginning and the end of the book. The first fe
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Lulai
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I decided to ask this book for an E-arc on a whim and I did well because I loved freaking love this book.

Imagine the perfect mix between science fiction and mythology, because in this world, there are whole populations with governments and kings living on spaceships or planets across the galaxy, but the gods are still alive and interact with humans. It immediately reminded me of Greek mythology where the gods had their own champions, and even if the gods are not Greek, there are many similaritie
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USOM
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

A Spark of White Fire is this gorgeous mash up of destiny, space, diversity, and gods/goddesses. It's entrancing. You lose yourself somewhere between the fantasy, the spaceships, and Esmae's journey to find her family. It's a book that makes you question fate, family, and trust. It's a book that grows its characters and deepens its resolve. And it's only the beginning.

full rev
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Surina
It means so much to me that The Mahabharata - a story I grew up reading and loving - got a YA book loosely based on it, and not just any book, but a genre-defying one set in space. So not only do we have gods running around, but we also get spaceships. :)

Overall, this story spoke to me on so many levels, and it was so, so gorgeous.
Sarah Hollowell
This is easily one of my favorite YA SFF books of all time, and one of my favorite books, period, in recent memory. It is...I'm very excited, is all, I'm very excited by this book, and very excited for more.
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Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.

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