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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I devoured this book. I adored every single moment of it. The world Coe has created is magical but feels incredibly real. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robyn J. Fulton
The first in a novella series set in a world of magic, electricity and adventure; this is a fantasy adventure that really cracks open what 'epic' stories should be about. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daz Pulsford
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well written and their world in fascinating with the mix of science and magic. Can't wait for more of these books to readPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This character-led tale packs a great deal in this slim volume, where the world is vividly depicted. Read morePublished 18 months ago by sjhigbee
I loved this book but wished it was longer as I wanted to learn more about the interesting characters and magical landscape that I was drawn into. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katie Anderson
If this is the first in a series, then very promising. Just DIFFERENT. Wonderfully described. I could have actually been there.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I want to live in this world with a green sky!
Gender stereotypes,sexual orientation expectations and cliches are blown right out of the water, if you want a story about... Read more
Green Sky and Sparks is the first in a series of TEN projected novellas by Swindon author Kate Coe, all taking place in a world where magic collides with electricity, or “spark”,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mr. C. Horner
It's very refreshing to pick up a fantasy book and not know where it is going, and this is something Green Sky and Sparks achieves. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer