Avery is different. Somehow, her magic has always simmered beneath the surface. Never completely broken, she must pretend in order to survive. When Zander, her master’s nephew, brings her magic out in full force, she finds out what it’s like to truly be alive.
Ripped from Zander’s side and sent to The Farm, Avery doesn’t know if she’ll be able to hide her light and make it out alive. But there, she’ll meet someone who knows her true purpose.
The war isn’t over, and if Avery can survive, she could be the one to set her people free. All it takes is a little hope and a Spark of Light.
***MatureYA - This book contains mild adult language, sexual content, and possible triggers.***
When it comes to paranormal creatures, I have a definite soft spot for elves. They're among my favorites, so when I saw that single word in the synopsis for Spark of Light, that's all I needed to see to know I wanted to read it. It's a mix of what I'd call semi-post-apocalyptic fiction blended with the supernatural. It doesn't quite fit into what I'd normally think of as true post-apocalyptic, but rather it was described more as a magical war between humans and elves, so it still fits. There are scenes that were definitely difficult to read, but it's the characters themselves that kept me going.
Avery is different, and it becomes apparent that she's not a hollow husk like the other elven slaves around her are, who simply go through the motions because they're ignorant of their true potential. They're kept in the dark about a lot of things as a way to keep them under control. With everything that happened to her, it was impossible not to feel a lot of empathy for Avery, and I noticed she came out stronger in the end in spite of it. When Zander walks into her life, everything changes, and I really liked him as well. His uncle, Gerik, is the head of the region. By the end of Spark of Light, I had grown to like him too, along as Delilah. In contrast, there's Dextra. There were numerous times I wanted to slap her simply on principle. One of the other secondary characters I liked quite a bit was Semara, another elf.
I liked the book, and I'll give it a 4/5 Platypire rating.