Sunday, May 12, 2019

ARC Review: Don't Fight the Spark by Kasia Bacon

Don't Fight the Spark (Soldiers and Mercenaries #1)
From the Blurb:
As the Light Festival draws near, the Něssyrians craft paper lanterns, awaiting the most important holiday of the year. The Lyliňg Fighting House, too, prepares for celebration--by laying fresh sand onto the arena and setting up a match against their top pit fighter, the unrivalled Yüuzuki Ōren.
His last match. One he can't win. 
With the odds more than stacked against him, the gorgeous Barbarian is as good as dead. Unless his lover, healer Ĥaiatto Ẽkana, proves himself every bit as determined as he is clever and finds a way to protect the man he'd stop at nothing to save.

Ky's rating:

"Don't fight the Spark" is a novella set in the Order Universe, like the previous ones, and it can be read as a standalone. The MCs are new and this time we get a story about an established couple instead of a new one.

Pit fighter Yüuzuki Ōren has been through a lot in his life and even though he is a skilled fighter, he knows that one day he will die in the arena.
Ĥaiatto Ẽkana is a healer with the ability to control magic, he's a Spark and not a Mage as he can't create it himself but has to depend on a source in order to use his abilities.

Yüu and Ĥaiatto have been together in secret for three years but their lives are ruled by so much uncertainty that even thought they love each other they haven't found the courage to share that information or define who they are to each other.

When the higher ups start scheduling Yüu's fights in increasingly uneven ways, they know the time has come for them to either give up or fight for a change. With Yüu severely injured after his latest fight and in need of recuperation, Ĥaiatto takes it upon himself to find a way out for both of them.

The story takes place over three days and through Ĥaiatto's efforts to arrange a way for them to get out of the Fighting House we get to know them and where they came from.

As always, Kasia Bacon was able to produce a full story with in depth characters in just a few pages. I look forward to the next books and of course the continuation of Lochan and Ervyn's story because don't think that I have forgotten about them. They're my favourite!

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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