Published by Atima Kim on February 2, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Source: Paperback from Author
Witch. Warrior. Dragon Rider.
Long ago, the covens of the east made a pact to bring peace to the continent. To unite the clans and create a new era of witches, starting with the next generation of matrons. Fang is the first witch of her generation to reach her debut, as the next matron of her coven she has the unique honor of being the first one to fulfill the pact. For the first time in centuries, a Miangese witch will take a foreign consort.
Luckily, Fang already has someone in mind. Taken in by the Sun coven in the mountain kingdom of Anda, Fang is more than happy to entertain the alluring young lords of the ruby clan as they compete to win her affections, not knowing her choice has already been made. Or so she thought. Until a chance encounter brings to light the existence of something Fang previously thought to be quite rare, a male witch. The meeting of this young shadow witch— a boy who Fang now owes a debt— starts a chain of events that will make Fang question everything she thought she knew about her Andan allies.
In an effort to help him escape his oppressors, Fang and the shadow witch discover a dark presence that is slowly poisoning the innocent citizens of mortal Anda, and a dangerous weapon that could threaten the very peace of the pact that Fang is bound to uphold. As she, her friends, and her new shadow witch companion work to fight against these looming forces, Fang's feelings towards her own choices slowly start to shift.
She must decide what is more important to her, who she wants by her side, and most of all- what she's willing to give up in order to be the leader her people need.
Spark to Shadow is a young adult fantasy romance by author Atima Kim. I really enjoyed this fun adventure fantasy. It has plenty of romance, action, great character interaction, lots of magic and fantastical creatures! I think this book is perfect for fans of fantasy romance that love witches, magic competitions and a dash of court politics. This book was a ton of fun and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
In Spark to Shadow we meet our main character, Fang. Fang is the head of her witch coven, and she has all kinds of grand plans to unite the clans of witches and accomplish great things. The only thing standing in her way is an old clan rule that the matron of the coven must take a foreign consort. Fang has pretty much made up her mind on who her consort will be- her childhood friend, Kyuho. However; Fang decides to allow a competition to take place to try and win her affections. The competition felt kind of bacheloresque, which I completely loved! It was so much fun to meet everyone and to see Fang’s connection with this. While this book is young adult, and the romance is pretty slow burn, there are some nice steamy scenes, so I would say this book is best for upper young adult readers. I loved the romance! I felt myself torn between her friend and other one of the competitors and there were times in the story that not only did I not know what was going to happen, but I also didn’t know what I wanted to happen.
If you are a fan of fantasy with a heavy dose of romance, then this is the perfect book for you to check out! The world building was well done and interesting, but the real focus and winners in Spark to Shadow were the characters themselves. This is a character driven story, which I really appreciated. I can’t wait to see more from Atima Kim, because this was a solidly great book! I loved it!