A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1) by Sangu Mandanna

A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1)

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 the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his com...

Details A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1)

TitleA Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1)
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherSky Pony Press
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Reviews A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1)

  • 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 ...
  • Alexandra
    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 ...
  • Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
    This book was such a pleasant surprise!For added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =)PremiseEsmae 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 bein...
  • Kelly Brigid
    I was absolutely blown away by this lovely space opera! Full RTC!I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin
  • Sangu Mandanna
    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.
  • ❈ laura ❈
    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 + poli...
  • 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 As...
  • Natasha Ngan
    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!!
  • Justine
    YALL DESERVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK10/1/18 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...
  • Kaleena ★ 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 charac...
  • Mishma
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4 starsMandanna 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 so...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis 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 ...
  • 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 StarsI 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 dow...
  • 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 starsTRIGGER WARNINGS: death; blood; murderThe 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...
  • Lulai
    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 ...
  • 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, mo...
  • 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 ...
  • michelle (magicalreads)
    A Spark of White Fire was a bit of a surprise to me. I've been in such a reading rut, such that I reread books constantly and when I do read something new, I'm not entirely in love with it. However, this book escaped that luckily! You won't be able to put A Spark of White Fire down. I leave the lonely dark of the shadows. I am in the light. Bow in hand. A pawn in a Warlords game.Do you know what happens when a pawn gets all the way across the boa...
  • Jaime Arkin
    I’ve been kind of all over the place with my reading lately, and not a lot has been sticking, but when I read the summary for A Spark of White Fire I downloaded it immediately. I love Sci-Fi and I had some high expectations for this and it didn’t let me down.Admittedly this story started a little slow for me, but I was completely invested by about 25% in. Esmae is our main protagonist and her history is so intriguing. She grew up alone away f...
  • Kelsey
    ***A big thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review***Okay, so I really enjoyed this book. A lot. I feel like the characters were likable. I liked the idea of the world(s) that were created. I also liked the gods/goddesses that were involved and all of the family dynamics. Esmae is our MC. She has been invisible most of her life after being abandoned by her mother. But she has secrets. TONS of secrets, and y...
  • Bright Star
    I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Spark of White Fire is the first installment in the Celestial Trilogy, a sci-fi book inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories. I've never heard about it (the Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India) and I was curious to learn more. What can I say? It was an enjoyable story, the writing style was good but what lacked were informatio...
  • Kara
    I can see why everybody is talking about this book. It's absolutely fabulous, though it's not really a Kara book. As I mentioned in my status updates, it combines Gods/Goddesses and science fiction elements, and this was just a bit too for for me to have to stretch my imagination. The plotting was excellent, however, as is most of the world-building. The only thing I wish--there are a fair amount of characters in this book and I wish I had felt t...
  • USOM
    (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...
  • Yaiza
    «A usurper king. A heroic exile. A jealous prince. An old warrior. A cursed mother. A war goddess. And a girl. You’d be forgiven for thinking the girl is irrelevant.»Perfect balance of tropes and twists, of action and politics. The writing was beautiful and tended to tell instead of show (which I love). And the setting aaaah the descriptions of the settings were just perfect