Sparks Igniteby J.A. Gouthro
Published on September 1, 2012 by J.A. Gouthro
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Eons ago, elves, a unique species with the ability to summon the Earth’s elements, were created. Eventually, elves began intermingling with humans and the resulting offspring were neither elf nor human, but rather a hybrid of the two. These children became known as Elvens. Elvens looked like humans, but shared the elves’ unique bond with the Earth. However, one limitation had arisen. Elvens were able to summon one element alone per individual. Over time, the Elven Gene was passed on, often without the individual‘s knowledge. To this day, Elvens walk the streets among the common population.
Owen has a secret, which dates back to a single day in his early childhood, a day in which he unwittingly created fire at will. Owen has never again been able to recreate the events of that day, but the memories have haunted his dreams since. Follow Owen’s journey as his secret is revealed and he finds his purpose in life.
To start off, I’d like to briefly mention the visual aspects of this book. If I’d seen this book in the store and never read the synopsis, I wouldn’t pick it up. I found the cover to come off as amateurish and could have been done better. I also wasn’t a fan of the font choice and line spacing. The thin typewriter print contrasted harshly with the bright white paper and hurt my eyes after reading for a time. Based on appearance alone, I wouldn’t read this book.
That said, I felt like the overall story (plot, characters, etc.) flowed well and presented the story in an interesting fashion. It was a somewhat enjoyable read, however I struggled to get captured in the world. I like prologues when done right and a 35-page prologue was not the way to go. It slowed down the story, which did pick up after a bit but I couldn’t quite get in the swing of it. There was also a slight disconnect with me reading and the main character. I wasn’t truly in the story.
Overall, I enjoyed the story but it just wasn’t quite there for me. I think there is a lot of potential with this author and Sparks Ignite is just the start of it all. It’s a good read for fantasy fans but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who likes to get completely lost in a book.