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A Spark Of White Fire | A brilliant Indian Mythology​ Retelling!

“Your arrow was a spark. A spark of fire so hot and white that no one will be able to put it out. And even a spark of fire can consume an entire forest if it can jump from tree to tree…Watch as one act leads to another and then to another after that. Watch the trees pass white flames on. Watch the forest burn.”




In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.


This is an #OwnVoices review

Do you know what happens when a pawn gets all the way across the board? She becomes a queen.

A fast-paced book with a plot that includes magic and celestial beings as well as advanced technology and spaceships, this book brings together an amazing variety and creates a whole new standard for other books to be compared to.

The world-building of this book was extraordinarily well done as it moved at a pace that we could understand and it was not too slow yet not too overwhelming either.
Being an Indian, I have heard the epic of Mahabharata a few times(and never really understood it), I know exactly how complex it can be and so, I would like to take a moment to say hats off to Sangu Mandanna for explaining ti as brilliantly as she has in her book.

A Spark of White Fire is a genre-bending novel which reads more like High Fantasy rather than a Science Fiction novel as the setting in space provides more of an interesting background than the very basics of the story.

This book is majorly plot-driven no matter how much the characters try to take control of their fates and usually I dislike such books but somehow Sangu Mandanna seems to make it work and sound very interesting!

The story is told to us from the view of the heroine, Esmae who is often underestimated and cast away without being given too much thought but she is strong and determined and proves everyone wrong.
Revealing herself at the competition for the greatest warship, Titania is a power play and one that she masters, making everyone awestruck.

“Your arrow was a spark. A spark of fire so hot and white that no one will be able to put it out. And even a spark of fire can consume an entire forest if it can jump from tree to tree…Watch as one act leads to another and then to another after that. Watch the trees pass white flames on. Watch the forest burn.”

Through the book, we see how that one action of Esmae was the driving force that made everything turn out the way it did and we were taken on a dangerous and exciting ride through space.

Through lies and deception and an attempt to uncover the truth and for once and for all, finally, meet her mother, Esmae takes a journey that might just lead to her end.

Overall, Esmae was an amazing character and we could see the changes in her throughout the book, there were small but not unnoticeable and I loved how slowly and steadily, she questions everything she had known earlier to find out the truth.

The character that actually made this book for me was Rama. Esmae’s best friend and her well-wisher, he was always on her side and ready to make an effort for her.
He was lazy but he let go of it for her and it just touched my heart and made me feel things. This is officially one of my favourite platonic relationships ever!
“This may be news to you, Esmae, so brace yourself: You are not the wedding of a princess I’ve never met. I can muster a tiny bit more effort on your behalf.”

Next, we have Titania. She may be a ship but she has a personality fo her own which has a lot of potentials and I hope t is explored more in the next book!

Another character I enjoyed was Amba. Honestly, though, I was on the fence about her for a larger part of the book and still am but somewhere in my heart, I know that she only wishes the best for Esmae and so, while I doubted her every move she became a character I began to anticipate and enjoy interactions with.

Lastly, I have to say that the ending of this book was absolute perfection. It was heartbreaking and sad but it was also perfect because while I wanted to kill the author for doing that to me, it ended up making a lot of sense and prompted an unprecedented change in Esmae’s personality that couldn’t have been justified otherwise.

This book hit me unexpected and it would be an understatement to say that I love it.

I interviewed the author! You can check that out here.

Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Are you all going to read this book? Have you already read it? what did you think about it? Tell me in the comments below.

-Jayati xx

20 thoughts on “A Spark Of White Fire | A brilliant Indian Mythology​ Retelling!

  1. Between you and Kal there is no way I wasn’t going to read this, I think that I’ll join in the read-along and get to this in August, I loved your review!!! I’m always a sucker for world-building and I love that it’s got high fantasy elements

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    1. YAYAYYAYA! I hope you join the read-along​! I just can not wait for you to finally read it so we can fangirl together and make theories for the third and final book once you read A House of Rage and Sorrow as well!

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