A Spark of White Fire (Hardcover)
Sky Pony Press, 9781510733787, 400pp.
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
In a universe of Gods and Goddesses, moons that hide ancient beasts, and cities built on the backs of spaceships, infant Princess Esmae was cast into deep space, surviving only by the grace of a Goddess. 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.
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.