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Aug 2, 2014

Book Tour: Book Review: Spirits by RS McCoy

Title: Spirits (Sparks, Book 2)
Author: RS McCoy
Publication Date: July 20, 2014
Genre: Fantasy/Magic


"Loving her was easier when I thought we were going to die."

Lark Davies sleeps in a gilded palace and eats the finest foods, but he would trade it all to change that one night. Unable to use his talent for mind-reading to prevent a series of murders, Lark's dreams are ravaged by gruesome memories. Robbed of sleep and slowly losing his sanity, the devoted lover and expectant father can only watch as his life continues to spiral out of control.

Whispers of invasion threaten what little peace their new life might have offered. Khea, the new queen of Nakbe -- and his only light in the night -- declares human sacrifice to be a necessary component of the island culture, forcing Lark to assert his disapproval. For the first time, the unifying bond he shares with her isn't enough to keep them together.

With his mentor at his side, Lark's only hope to stand against the queen and avert a future of death lies in his unexplored ability to manipulate physical elements of the world. The two men search out the spirits that control water, fire, and wind in hopes of ending two thousand years of violent traditions before rival nations invade.

Kayla's Thoughts:

I loved the first book of this series, Sparks, when it came out, so it seemed only natural that I should decide to review this one the moment it came out. And while it started off a bit rocky for me, I was not at all disappointed.

After the events of the last book, Khea and Lark are pretty much in the lap of luxury. I mean, aside from queenly duties of Khea's, they have it really good. Okay, so maybe having to appease to a people whose culture is quite violent what with all the sacrificing and such isn't so fun, but you know what, it has to be done. Now while Khea is still an important character in this story, what with her decisions and the impending birth of her child and a possible attack in the hopefully not near future by the two people who pretty much sold her out for their own personal gain, Lark is the main focus throughout most of the book. Because it is through him salvation will come.

Lark's journey is actually quite beautiful at times, but also quite haunting. Even more so than the first book. Because in this installment, he is still haunted by the deaths of those he believes he could have saved. His dreams are mere reminders of his failure to protect those he cared about. But as he gains more and more insight on his own powers and what in fact he can do, the dreams begin to change. HE changes them. Even if he does not know it.

We are introduced to so many new characters in this book who are there to help Lark along the way, but some old characters also come back. Some beloved ones, at least to me. 


I am in awe with this book. It is a perfect kind of transition for things to come. And I just know that the third book is going to bring so much to the table. I absolutely cannot wait.

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Author's Bio:

RS McCoy didn't ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel has been released on Amazon soon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of one with another on the way, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.

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