Book Reviews

Book Review: Thief of Sparks by Eric Kent Edstrom

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Starside Saga, book 1
Rating:  2 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Not sure.


Summary (via Goodreads):
. . .

She thought she was stealing gold to save her brother . . . instead she steals a key that will unlock her destiny.

This is the first book of Starside Saga, a fantasy series filled with magic, thieves, and dire prophecy. 

In the city of Starside, a 16-year-old thief named Kila Sigh awakens to a magic power she does not understand and cannot control. It shows her metals, even when they are hidden from view.

And it helps her steal.

And steal she must… because she is desperate to buy medicine for her brother. But when her magic draws the attention of a power-hungry mage called “the Hargothe,” she find herself caught in the game of the gods.

For she is the flame in the night, the daughter of ravens, the bringer of death.

. . .


My Review:
Expectations derived from the summary did not meet reality I read in this book, making a confusing reading experience. Thief of Sparks some good qualities – world-building, cover art, talking, snarky cats – but they’re not brought to the forefront enough to keep me interested.

The entirety of the book seemed like one big exposition. While we got to know the main character, Kila Sigh, very well, the other characters presented were underdeveloped. I don’t understand where this story could possibly be going. There wasn’t any real plot that happened in book 1, which ended on an unsatisfying cliffhanger.

I really could have used a map of Starside – where the story takes place. The setting seems to be really important to the overall plot. And since Kila and company are moving from one place to another throughout, an illustrated map would have been helpful to orient myself.

I do want to know what is so significant about Kila’s ability to see metal but I don’t know if I’ll read book 2 in order to find out.

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