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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
Spark City, the first book of the Spark City Cycle by Robert Power, tells the story of roguish and resourceful wanderer Erroh as he travels the world on a journey to attend the mysterious Culling in Spark City. In a land rife with violence, things are not always as they seem and Erroh must quickly grow into his own in order to face an impending threat.
A common flaw authors have when writing fantasy is being so focused on using dialogue to tell the story that each character becomes a walking exposition, spouting statement-of-facts in place of meaningful dialogue. Robert J Power manages to avoid this through well-crafted character interactions, though his choice of perspectives and point-of-view shifts may be a bit disconcerting for some.
Spark City is heavy on action and it is in the battle and fight scenes where the author’s talent truly shines. To take a fight scene and turn it into an eloquent parable used to delve into character development and advance story progression is not an easy feat but Robert Power does it again and again. There is an eloquence in each fight scene, and as I catch my breath after each one, I cannot help but marvel at the author’s deft touch in making each and every battle shed a little more light on Erroh’s character and his past. Spark City exists in a very dark world, full of gritty violence and death, one that I would not hesitate to spend another sleepless night reading about.