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Thief of Sparks (Starside Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
I'm not the best thief who ever ran the rooftops of Starside. My brother is. Or was.
But he's sick and we need coin. Now it's up to me.
I won't lie and say I don't love hunting down drunken noblemen as they wander home from their late-night revelries. I do love it. I try not to hurt them. Not too badly, anyway.
And they can spare the coin.
But lately something's changed. The dizziness has started and I'm seeing the glow . . . the magic power called the "mercus." It lets me see metal, even when it's hidden under cloaks or inside pockets.
What a wonderful power for a thief. If only I could control it.
But my awakening to this magic has awakened that other mind. The one that's been touching mine. It's been talking to me. It's been trying to command me to come to it.
I won't lie. I'm afraid.
But that's nothing new. In my sixteen years I've gotten good at being afraid. I know how to use that feeling. I know how to turn it against my enemies.
Those who say I'm the prophesied one? They're all fools. Here's my prophecy for them: hold your coin purse tight tonight. I'm coming for it.
I am Kila Sigh.
And Starside is MY city.
Fans of fantasy will fall in love with this world of thieves, magic, and adventure. This novel is the starting point for the epic Starside Saga.
Recommended Reading Order
1. Thief of Sparks
2. A Raven's Dream
3. Mind of Mercusine
4. The Raven Throne
5. The Force of Destiny
Buy your copy today and immerse yourself in the Starside Saga.
From the Author
- ASIN : B06XRJRHWT
- Publisher : Undermountain Books (March 19, 2017)
- Publication date : March 19, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1910 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 280 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0989901084
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #441,106 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Starside is a highly detailed city, complete with slums, harbor, rich areas, and various temples. I did want to know more about the various gods and religions there, since the god names kept getting mentioned, but never really explained. There were plenty of things that got mentioned without really telling us about them, like I’m still not entirely sure what a Donse master does (but it seems like it’s important to the book). It kind of felt like random words were thrown in for local color, but then never defined to the reader, leaving the reader scratching their head at what things are. Speaking of local color, the main heroine Kila’s name is far too close to the Starside swear word Kil commonly used during the course of this book. I kept having to stop and re-read sentences trying to figure out if they were using the swear word or merely shortening her name or referring to her in some way. In general, their thieving life didn’t really excite me. It was fun at the start as Kila used capoeira like Prince of Persia or Aladdin to jump from rooftop to rooftop as she chased marks or evaded people hunting her. But as the book went on, their thieving felt too business driven. By the end, everything was really looked at in a transactional or business standpoint. I didn’t get Kila’s choice of staying in the great house (which in the end didn’t really amount to anything). It was a stupid decision from the start and then she kept making bad decision after bad decision. Like wearing the dead girl’s clothes, sleeping in her bed, stealing from the kitchen, etc. Was she waiting around to get caught? It felt like she was mainly in the house just to give the audience a perspective from inside the house, and no real other reason. I did love Kila’s relationship with her brother (though he’s not the main focus, I did grow to worry about her quiet brother and his bloody cough) and the cats were fantastic, especially relaying messages in their varying personalities and being focused on food. I also loved her relationship with Finta, the woman with the potion. And I loved Kila’s antagonistic rivalry with Oly. The story reminded me of Night’s Gift (Of Cats and Dragons), which I finished reading recently. Granted the teenagers in the two medieval fantasy world books come from two entirely different walks of life, with entirely different magical skills, but they both acquire intelligent cats tagging along with them on their adventures. In the end, I was bored by the business-driven aspect this story seemed to take, and really, not too much happened beyond running, hiding, befriending the cats, and setting up for the next story.
The story it self was too much running around and too much waiting. I was bored most of the time.
I will not buy another one of the series because nothing interesting happened!
The bonus beginning chapters for the second book heighten my concern for Kila, but the evil character who makes his first appearance arrives too late with not enough foreshadowing to indicate how dangerous he is. And I’m not sufficiently invested in and worried for Kira to keep reading the series— that now has a super evil dude who just showed up in book two.
While this was an entertaining read, it had a lack of depth and underdeveloped world building that left points less convincing and immersive for me.
While the premise was interesting and the characters likable I don’t feel that the story had enough draw for me to invest in continuing the series at this time.
Top reviews from other countries
I understand that a second book is coming very soon. I will definitely be looking out for it.