Have you ever read a book that you enjoyed so much it becomes difficult to write a review? I’m trying very hard to find the middle ground between objective reviewer and fan girl! At the end of the day, The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger is an amazing read. A fascinating story of betrayal, isolation, love, and most importantly, hope.
The Vanishing Spark of Dusk captivated me from almost the first page. The author has created a world where humans are repressed; the majority are slaves, the rest in hiding trying to avoid capture. The author has managed to capture the mood perfectly. From the choice of language, the pacing, and the descriptions, she paints a world where the ‘free’ humans live in a constant state of fear of discovery while at the same they are trying to live and enjoy their lives as much as possible. Once Lark is captured and taken off world the mood shifts and swings depending upon what is happening at any given time; from feelings of terror and dread to moments of happiness and hope.
This book is naturally, considering the topic, an emotional rollercoaster, the mood of the novel is never static and the author has done a wonderful job of being able to portray these, sometimes rapidly, shifting emotional moods with a lovely writing style that never makes you feel like you are making dramatic leaps; instead it smoothly flows from one scene to another.
The character development is one of the highlights of the novel. The physical differences between the Tavdorians and the Humans are always evident, but beyond the physical they are very similar. Both races have equal ability to be kind or malicious, to betray or be loyal, to love and to hate. The author has shown a full emotional range in her characters, regardless of race there are those that you like, those that you despise, those that you can understand why they do what they do, and those you fall in love with.
Don’t be fooled by the Entangled Teen imprint, this book is suitable for all adults. I think it may be classed as YA as the main character, Lark, is only 17yo but I completely forgot her age as her behaviour is, for the most part, extremely mature and the concepts, language, and activities in the book were of an adult level.
This book was completely addictive; I just couldn’t put it down and loved every minute of it. This review really hasn’t done the book justice; you need to read it to fully appreciate it. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
The Vanishing Spark of Dusk is available now!