It is the era of steam and science, but in their midst superstition and real witchcraft also thrive.Ignatius is a fallen inquisitor on the run—but at least he's on the run with the man he loves. When they find themselves in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains, they take shelter in a village. But the village proves to be plagued by vampires, a complication they don't neeIt is the era of steam and science, but in their midst superstition and real witchcraft also thrive.Ignatius is a fallen inquisitor on the run—but at least he's on the run with the man he loves. When they find themselves in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains, they take shelter in a village. But the village proves to be plagued by vampires, a complication they don't need on top of their fragile relationship and the struggle to simply survive....
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Spark of Eternity Reviews
I have read and loved The Spark of Thought, but I was still curious and maybe a little bit nervous as to what this new story would bring. A detective plot set in the Carpathians sounded very different from the very personal love story of the first novella. I was afraid I might lose some of what made me love the first Spark, but this fear turned out to be unfounded. Ingatius and Nikola are both back and feel exactly like themselves, the murder mystery is interesting from the start, and the world is developed further, proving it has more to offer than only an alternative version of my home city.Psychology of the protagonists and their romance are forced to take the back seat to the murder mystery, but what we could see felt very natural to me. Nikola is suffering from a clear case of PTSD (who wouldn't, after what he's been through) and while love definitely helps him heal, it doesn't magically make his trauma disappear. It was also very nice to see that this trauma, while very present, doesn't become his main defining characteristic. Ignatius is still struggling with who and what he is and who and what he wants to be. He may want to throw away his past and everything he had been, but the past never lets go easily.On the topic of their romance, it's nice to know this alternative history sees no problem with same sex relatonships and it might be better in the long run than to force Ignatius and Nikola to hide their love for each other. But I'm still unsure about if it was really necessary to point attention to it - especially when it's so widely different from the situation in "our" 19th century. As it stands, it was the only thing that broke my suspension of disbelief for a moment.The detective plots flows smoothly and I found the twists logical without being too predictable. Not going to say much more, I don't want to spoil it for other readers. :-)My only complaint might be there seemed to be too many warlocks at one moment - but that coincidence was necessary for the story, so it's not really a complaint.Also, I have to say the revelation of Bram Stoker at the end pleased immensely. I expected it as soon as Abharam mentioned his native Ireland and it was nice to see I was right, but what I enjoyed most about it was the guessing game. This tradition (can I call it tradition already?) of hiding famous people in plain sight behind first names feels like an inside joke, like winking to all the geeks amongst the readers. And I really hope it will stay in all sequels. I still regret leaving the magical city of Prague and losing the chance to explore all the differences between this alternate version and our reality. But I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in the series, no matter where will the protagonists find themselves. And at least now I know it is not for the setting, but for the likeable heroes, the author's style and the story itself.
Oh lord this book. Well at least I can say it wasn't worse than the first, but if you've actually read the first book, you know that's not too hard.I'm so confused about this series. I am also very angry about it? It's such a mess, I can't believe it got published, and yet I can't stop reading it. It's more of a hate-read at this point, if I'm honest.Everything about this book is awful. The writing is awful. The author's english feels very unnatural and while I understand that the author isn't native speaker (neither am I), this is still supposed to be a professional product, so that's not an excuse. And even aside the unnatural nature of the language used, there were so many spelling and grammatical errors, I'm not sure what the editor was doing either.I mentioned the writing is horrible. The pov keeps switching almost every line (and head hopping is something I really can't stand) and trying to figure out what was happening was hard. And infuriating.The main couple is awful. I already hated Ignatius from the last book (did we forged he's a horrible abusive monster? Just because he wore Nikola down doesn't change anything about what happened before), and he continues to be an asshole. I genuinely spent most of the time wishing he would just die, which I don't think is great when reading a romance story.I did like the two new secondary characters, although I just wished Nikola would ditch his horrible abusive boyfriend and leave with them.I do remember reading the synopsis and thinking "I swear if Bram Stoker is involved, I will scream." Needless to say, I DID scream.Honestly, I can't tell if I want this clusterfuck of a series to continue or not, but if there's another sequel, I know I will read it and then hate myself yet again.
Spark of Eternity is a sequel of Spark of Thought. Both stories take place in the alternative nineteenth century: medicine, forensic science, railway and steam boats are developing, but people continue to fear "warlocks", persons endowed with special supernatural abilities. And because of this fear, the Inquisition still managed to have a considerable power. Ignatius is the Supreme Inquisitor in Prague, a city with a heretic reputation. When the young inventor Nikola, suspicious to be one of the warlocks, crosses his way, he starts, for the first time in his life, to doubt his mission. Initially, only the life of one prisoner is at stake, later on the life of the jailer – and whomever else who would stand in the way of the Inquisition. As time goes by, Ignatius seems willing to throw away his entire previous life, but it will not be so easy for him. Wherever he encounters the traces of supernatural crime, his instincts taught him to investigate it; especially when nobody else who would follow the trail of the criminal, is available. The language of both short stories is adjusted to historic surroundings which means that it needs a little bit effort to get used to it. The narrative draws from historical realities, but modifies and adjusts the fate of historical figures in an interesting game "What would be if ...?"The structure of Spark of Eternity is well pointed and readers can look forward to the next sequel to complete the story.
Despite M M Romance not usually being my reading of choice, I found this story to be very appealing.I haven't read the prequel, Spark of Thought, but Spark of Eternity serves as a perfect standalone: rudiemntary notes of previous events are quickly, but gracefuly presented at the beginning,and the rest is hinted at as the events go on, whenever the story sees it fit.Storytelling is quite swiftly paced, as the events unfold in previosly sleepy-looking Carpathian village. Main characters of the story are Ignacius and Nikola, former enemies turned lovers. Of the two, my favourite is Ignacious: I consider him to be most complex and in-depth pictured character in the story, as he shows both his sympathetic, more humane side when alone with Nikola, and his confident, competent and generally more badass (and even a little bit cruel) masque when posing as an Inquisitor.The general tone of the story is quite dark, as the characters struggle to survive in a world that wouldn't accept them, and more importantly, to not alienate themselves from each other in the process. This is put in contrast with the villagers, who also struggle to survive, albeit from a more specific threat - a vampire in their midst - and whose dominant emotion is fear rather than alienation. This generates an interesting conflict, and some scenes almost reminded me of Arthur Miller's Crucible.The author's attention to detail is also remarkable. The story is filled with interesting yet unintrusive trivia about local history, language and culture. Also when it comes to more 'mundane' matters like science and medicine, the details are accurate and well-put, which is very, very amiable for a fantasy genre.Of all the characters, I didn't take liking in Radu, as he seems to be a bit distant and unrelatable to the rest of characters, but since he brings more information on both history and principles of magic, I suppose his presence is justified. I really enjoyed reading Spark of Eternity. The author's writing is charismatic and charming, and despite it's shortness, the Spark of Eternity tells a rich and well-knit story. It is definitely worth reading.