Raised far away from her birth home of Kali, Esmae longs to return to her real family. And when the King of Wychstar issues a challenge, offering to gift his unbeatable, sentient warship, Titania, to a warrior that can win his competition, the way home becomes clear: she’ll help her brother, Prince Alexi, win the ship and, consequently, win her place back in the arms of her family.
But when Alexi rejects, she instead enters as the champion of Max, who banished Alexi’s family from their ancestral home, waging a war that pits cousin against cousin.
And she does the unthinkable. She wins.
Now, Esmae finds herself on the wrong side of an inevitable war, with the Goddess-blessed Titania in the hands of her family’s enemies. Will she be able to reunite with her brother and learn why the queen banished her? Or will her family literally destroy itself, with the weapons she gave them?
Drawing on Indian mythology including the Mahabharata, A Spark of White Fire is a sweeping young adult sci-fi/fantasy retelling that stretches across the universe exploring love, friendship, and the complicated ties that bind families together, and rip them apart, in a world where Gods and Goddesses keep an eye on the stars . . . and the people they favor who fight among them.
AuthorBy Sangu Mandanna
ImprintSky Pony Press
Published4 September 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. She is the author of The Lost Girl and a contributor to the anthologies Welcome Home and Hungry Hearts (Simon Pulse 2019). She lives in Norwich, in the east of England, with her husband and kids.
“Both an interrogation of bioethics and a mesmerizing quest for identity, this debut succeeds through its careful development of the oh-so-human Eva and those around her. A provocative and page-turning thriller/romance that gets at the heart of what it means to be human.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The most honest portrait of grief and loss that I’ve read in a long time. Filled with heartache, love and things that would stir Mary Shelley’s ghost, this is a story not to be missed.”—Lauren DeStefano, New York Times bestselling author of the Chemical Garden trilogy
“Mandanna’s debut novel is lovely and at times heartbreaking . . . A thoughtful study of both a girl’s search for her identity and the human reaction to death.” —Publishers Weekly