Erryn reviews ‘Don’t Fight the Spark (Soldiers and Mercenaries Stories)’ by Kasia Bacon. The ebook was published April 26, 2019 and is 86 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Fox , released on December 6, 2019, and is 2 hrs and 27 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why Erryn read this book: I’m always willing to try something new.
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.
Read Wendy’s review of the book here.
I’ll start by saying I’m someone who enjoys short audios as much as the longer ones. I often mix it up alternating short with long. A palette cleanser, if you will. So I was interested in listening to this audio. I wasn’t familiar with Kasia Bacon so this was to be a new adventure for me.
Don’t get me wrong, the audio was good. Michael Fox delivered a great performance and I always enjoy listening to books he narrates. The story was enjoyable. There were twists and turns that weren’t always predictable. When I read this was a Soldiers and Mercenaries story, I think I expected more action. There is action and violence in this book, but most of it takes place off stage. Possibly for the best as there is a lot of violence in this world. There is also love. At the heart of this book is a love story.
I am always in awe when an author does a good job at world building and Ms. Bacon has done that. There is a creativity in her fantasy story including magic and fantastical characters. For this one, I’ll be very interested to see where this world takes me.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
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. 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.