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Green Sky & Sparks by [Coe, Kate]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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About the Author

I was born in Salisbury, and came to Swindon via a five-year detour to London. I’m a librarian with a background in classics and law, I live with an engineer and very grumpy bearded dragon, and I fill my spare time in between writing with web design, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). My writing swings wildly depending on what is in my head at the time, and this has led to genres including urban fiction, steampunk-style fantasy, and a series of children’s stories based on a library that I used to work in. My favourite character is a sloth with a speed addiction, my best writing moment was when one of my characters fell in love and completely changed the plot, and I write because I can’t imagine not doing it – and it gets the voices out of my head for five minutes… News and thoughts on my writing can be found at www.writingandcoe.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2331 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books (30 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZCQFWUA
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #485,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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GREEN SKY & SPARKS is set in an elegant world just beginning to harness the power of 'spark' or electricity -- so more sparkpunk than steampunk! Following three main characters -- Catter Jeck, a shy Archivist; Toru Idalin, the Lord Heir who only wants to be an mage engineer; and S'ian, a healer who lost everyone she loved in an accident, but also gained an impossible ability.

It centres around a dangerous site of high magic and a tragic accident, drawing all three characters together and entangling their relationships. The author writes with a light touch, just brushing up against the darker realities of the situation without breaking pace or losing fun.

The world is really strongly imagined and full of characters who all seem to have their own stories. Sadly, these are not touched on in this novella, but you get a strong sense that these people are real and that there is more to know about them.

GREEN SKY & SPARKS is the perfect light read if you want a little romance, a light dose of political intrigue, and big bite of adventure. I look forward to the next.
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Long time since I felt like awarding five stars to a book.
I was flicking through my kindle, through a bunch of new e-books, and having a disappointing time of it (three books in a row I had not managed to get past the first couple of pages). The it felt like I'd take a dive into a refreshing, sparkling sea off the coast of some medittereanean beach... OK, so I'm stretching the metaphor. I'm trying to say the contrast was almost shocking.
I rarely say much about the story in reviews. I dont get the point of a precis the book for you and tell you about all the charcters. I mean, then whats the point of reading it? I'm much more about style, about the way the book is engineered. This book is a gem.
You know instantly that its going to be an easy read, you may even pause for a moment to make a mug of something and grab a packet of biscuits. You know this one is going to be a long ride. Now that I think about it, I believe the last time I got 'that' feeling was when I opened up the first volume of <i>The Belgariad</i>, by David Eddings. It's accessible and open and could be used as the definition for 'easy read'.
That's not to say its simplistic. Characters grow quickly, and the descriptive passages are intense without being laboured. There are always one or two characters in any book that don't seem to flesh out, but given this is the first novella in a series (currently of three), I have my suspicions they may be being saved for something else.
One of the things that intregues me about the setting si I cant decide if its an emerging technology, or a declined one. Coe, like myself, seems to enjoy mashing tech and magic, and here it really works well.
Looking forward to the second volume. And the third.
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Green Sky and Sparks, by Kate Coe is a quaint novella that mixes its themes and genres well. I guess it would be classed as a mix of steampunk and fantasy, with a trace of romance. The blend of these genres complement each other very well, and this mix of genres and themes makes this story feel very fresh.
The characters are written very well and memorable. The connections and relationships that develop in the story are certainly one of this stories greatest strengths. They are realistic characters and this gives the story a satisfactory depth to it.
The plot is intriguing and there is plenty of room to expand all the fantasy/magical and steampunk elements. This is a novella so I understand it has to be kept condensed, but part of me did want to see more magic used and more aspects to the steampunk side of the world. I hope in the following instalments this occurs. There are good elements of mystery that could perhaps have been expanded just a fraction more to really grab my attention, but it was enough to spark (sorry) my curiosity.
Overall, it is a good story that has a good blend of storytelling and characterisation. It didn’t absolutely enthral me, but I enjoyed it and will be reading the next one because I’m intrigued by the characters and where this story can go in terms of plot. I certainly recommend Green Sky and Sparks to any lovers of unique tales that mix genres.
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It's more a three-and-a-half stars score for Kate Coe's debut, but that's half a star gained rather than half a star lost. Green Sky and Sparks is the first installment in a projected series of ten novellas all set in the same world. A world with a green sky, electricity (of a sort), and magic. We plunge headlong into this world in the company of Catter Jeck, an archivist in search of the lost source of energy deep in the mountains outside Meton.

The low starting score comes from the fact that being a novella actually hampers the story somewhat. You want to know far more about the world and its customs than is initially given out - what is a Dirr, for example? - and the need to keep things tight compresses a lot of information out of the story. There's no denying however that Kate's characters come to life immediately and very vividly. Toru's joy of flying and Catter's love of information propel the story - the wind beneath its wings, if you want.

What makes Green Sky and Sparks stronger is the very complicated web of human relationships that lies at its heart. Kate's decision to focus on this far more than on the physical mystery of the energy source earns it that fourth star - and earns the second volume Grey Stone and Steel a place on next year's TBR list.
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