The "Rise Of The Phoenix" Series
A Single Spark
“My name is Carys. This is my story, though perhaps it is more of an explanation, or maybe a confession...its name matters less than the fact it is my only way to show the world that I am not the villain the history books will claim that I am...everything that I did was to save those I love.”
In the first book of the gripping 'Rise Of The Phoenix' series, we meet Lady Carys, the oft-overlooked middle child of an aristocratic family, though undoubtedly the glue that holds them together. Old rumors of murder and corruption and the tragic death of their mother haunt them, finally driving them to start fresh in a new land.
Carys and her family quickly learn that a simpler life does not mean safer, uncovering dangers that lurk in the shadows even in this rustic city filled with simple folk. As they struggle to build their new life and avoid trouble, Ben is hired into the family's service, a mysterious and handsome stranger who’s guardianship over Carys becomes deeply personal as he seeks to keep her and her family safe.
All the while, beyond their realm of perception, the gathering storm churns around them, threatening to pull them into a tempest of malevolence far greater than they could imagine. Will they discover the true threat before it’s too late?
"A Single Spark"
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Single Spark is a work of fiction in the epic fantasy, family saga, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Tayvia Pierce as the first novel in the Rise of The Phoenix series. A twisting family drama filled with conspiracy and intrigue, we find ourselves in a fantasy world where an aristocratic family is forced to leave their land and start anew after rumors of murder and corruption plague them. Lady Carys lies at the core of this family, and though she is overlooked and gossiped about, a storm even bigger than what they’ve been through is waiting to break over their new life before it’s even begun.
Author Tayvia Pierce delivers a fantastic mix of fantasy, mystery, family drama, and suspenseful fiction in this sweeping and complex work of masterful storytelling. I was swept into the characters and their world right from the off, from the comedown of the well-to-do into a rustic world, the mysterious figure that offers them aid, and the tragedy that seems to follow them from chapter to chapter. Structurally this makes for a really exciting and hard to predict plot, which sees Carys and her family put to the test by many different trials as it unfolds. The emotional work put into our central protagonist also makes her an intriguing anti-hero figure, which was very well presented and explored. Overall, I would highly recommend A Single Spark as an excellent start to what promises to be an exciting and engaging fantasy family drama with much more intrigue and mystery to come.
"A Single Spark"
Reviewed By Literary Titans
When strange things start happening in society as a rebellion rises and her father is followed by rumors of complicity in murder, Lady Carys, the middle child of House Egon and her noble family are driven to move out of the grand city of Perinthas in the Taurovan Kingdom. A Single Spark by Tayvia Pierce follows Lady Carys and her family as they embark on their perilous journey, they travel through both hostile and amicable lands yet Carys can’t shake off an uneasy feeling that something is always with them, lurking in the shadows. They settle in Lund, a small quaint town of humble people where they soon adopt a simple lifestyle. Yet as war silently brews between Taurova and the dark Yehket Kingdom, Carys learns that distance and simplicity don’t equal safety as everything is connected. She must soon tie the knot to find and abolish the threat near at hand.
Tayvia Pierce’s high fantasy novel depicts an incredibly complex and intricate universe, from splendidly rich cities within powerful kingdoms to quiet towns to mountain ridges that burn red at sunset. The setting is very detailed, making the reader feel as if they’re taking the journey along with the characters. As for the characters themselves, they are incredibly well-built with very convincing personality traits. The two that particularly stand out are our protagonist, Lady Carys, and her teenage sister Lady Rhian who, with her angsty teenage antics, added a dramatic flare to the story. Carys is a twenty-year-old noble girl of a stubborn nature who was prematurely given an authority role within her family and household after her mothers tragic death at the hands of their worst enemy. Carys is a very dynamic character, as the story progresses, so does she. Her colors and true nature come to light as she is forced to make life or death decisions for her people, some with too high a price.
A Single Spark is a riveting epic fantasy novel that kept me consistently entertained. I wholeheartedly recommend it to any fantasy reader, especially Game of Thrones fans, who will undoubtedly enjoy the similarity of this world with Westeros, and the excitement of war between fantastical Kingdoms. I deeply enjoyed the narrative aspects of the story, particularly the way it is narrated by Carys herself from her future point of view, leaving clues and breadcrumbs for the reader to decipher and making the read all the more fun.
Coming in 2021
Rise of the Phoenix Book 2
"The Twisting Flame"
In A Single Spark, Lady Carys and her family were forced from their aristocratic life in Taurova, creating a new life in the western land of Lund. They quickly became the target of dangerous people, and Carys was finally forced to hire the mysterious Ben to help protect them. As their friendship blossomed into more and her family’s circumstances began to spiral, she no longer knew whom to trust. When the unthinkable occured and everything she believed was ripped away, it was too late — she had been caught in the dark net of their enemies.
Now, in The Twisting Flame, Carys must survive amidst unimaginable horrors as she fights the corruption of the enemy. Abducted by a mysterious and brutal stranger, Carys is taken to Azkaelom and pushed to the very limits of her strength and endurance as she longs for freedom and fights for her very survival. At last, as she faces the Lord of Azkaelom, she begins to understand the truth behind her abduction and comprehend the significance of the storm she’s been pulled into.
“I longed to be the woman I had once been, ignorant and foolish, but there is no going back...The spark that had flashed to life had become a flame, twisting my fate into its own form and life as I knew it was over.” ~Carys