Wendy reviews ‘Don’t Fight the Spark’ (Soldiers & Mercenaries #1) by Kasia Bacon. Self published April 26, 2019, 86 pages.
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.
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“Are you wishing on a star, Yüu?” I perched on his chair and moved in to extract the empty crystal from his grasp. I replaced it with my fingers, lacing them around his.
His gaze found mine, piercing me with an intent stare as if trying to solve a puzzle. He acted collected, as always, but his golden eyes gleamed with something foreign: resignation and sorrow. “If I could offer a lantern for a blessing bestowed upon me this past year, it would be lit for you,” he said. “I’m thankful for every moment you’ve spent with me. For your every kiss. Every smile you’ve given me.”
The teasing grin died on my lips. I knew what Yüu was doing: exactly what Rhēn had suggested I did. Saying goodbye. Preparing me. Letting go. Giving up on us.
Without realising it, I clutched his hand as if it were a lifeline slipping away from me in deep water.
I’m always ecstatic when an opportunity to read one of Kasia Bacon’s books. I’ve been a huge fan of her work from the very start. Her Order Universe is complex and fantastical and this story fit right in.
I love that while there are paranormal beings from all walks of life they blend in seamlessly with each other as well as the more human of her characters. Vampires live alongside elves and mages. No one bats at eye at this, but if elves from other areas come, watch out because there’s bound to be a turf war or even a fight to see who is really the more dominant or superior elf. It is a flawless world that doesn’t give any explanation, it goes on without apology and you accept it because it’s written so freaking perfectly. The blending of fantasy and reality make it realistic enough to relate to while enjoying her colorful characters and the situations they get themselves into.
So… none of the above goes on in this story… or at least not much of it. I was taking liberties in explaining how the Order Universe looks to me. In any case, it works. I promise.
There’s no waiting around, you know right away what’s going on and what the MC’s are going to be fighting for. The suspense doesn’t stop until the story is over. It’s a quick read but packed full of intrigue and action. My imagination always goes into overdrive when I read this author. She’s so good at describing scenes that it’s very easy to place yourself in her world.
Haiatto and Yuuzuki are an unlikely pair but perfect for each other. Haiatto is a healer that has to “purchase” his magic because while he has the “spark” for some reason he can’t use it alone to wield his magic. He’s accomplished in his work but has some self esteem issues. He has strength when it counts though and isn’t afraid to do a bit of fighting on his own.
Yuuzuki is a gem of a character. The kind that has hidden depths and to me perfectly embodies the saying “still waters run deep”. He’s the undisputed champion “Pit fighter” but that’s just the surface of who and what this man really is.
These guys love each other deeply and they only have a limited amount of time left together when faced with what sounds like will be the end for Yuuzuki. I wouldn’t have thought of a healer and a fighter in a relationship but they really work well together.
Don’t Fight the Spark is another brilliant tale written by a master storyteller.
And I have to mention the cover because it’s gorgeous!
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
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A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. She has a mild coffee and lemon tart (gluten free) addiction. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.