I am so happy to be posting for this Spark of White Fire Blog Tour. It is truly one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It has gods and goddesses, fantasy, and spaceships. What more could you actually ask for? Please welcome Sangu Mandanna for this special guest post. Read my review too!
In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.
Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.
It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.
Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.
Music plays an enormous, incredibly important part in my writing process. Sometimes I work best when it’s quiet, but that’s usually when I need to sit back and solve a problem, figure out a plot hurdle, edit a tricky chapter. When I’m drafting, though, I almost always have music on. Music can help me shut out the real world, it can help me get inside a character’s skin, and it can put my mind in a place where I can create the right mood or feeling for a scene.
A Spark of White Fire was no exception. I had a lot of different kinds of music on when I wrote this book, often with no consideration for who the artist was (well, I did try not to listen to anyone who seems to be a horrible person!) or what the specific song was actually supposed to be about, and so the end result is an illogical mess of a playlist that captures my musical experience of drafting this story.
- Lorde – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
- Imagine Dragons – Demons
- Bear’s Den – Magdalene
- Naughty Boy – No One’s Here to Sleep
- Five Finger Death Punch – Far From Home
- Bastille – Things We Lost in the Fire
- Blaqk Audio – The Love Letter
- Blaqk Audio – Wake Up, Open the Door, and Escape to the Sea
- Iglu & Hartly – Violent and Young
- Andrew Belle – In My Veins
- Globus – Europa
- Ellie Goulding – My Blood
- Audiomachine – Lachrimae
- Audiomachine – House of Cards
- Globus – Orchard of Mines
- Mikky Ekko – Who Are You Really?
- The Killers – Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
- Breaking Benjamin – So Cold
- Ella Henderson – Ghost
Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. The Lost Girl, a YA sci fi novel about death and love, is available now. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.
- 1 hardcover copy of A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE by Sangu Mandanna
- Open INT
- Starts: 9/24
- Ends: 10/8
What book would you time travel back in time to give your younger self, and at what age?
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