Review of Spark of Ash by Molly E. Lee

Spark of Ash is the last in Molly E. Lee’s Ember of Night cliff-hanging trilogy. You can read my reviews of the first and second books.

Spark of Light
Molly E. Lee
May 24, 2022
Entangled: Teen

Blurb: The Seven―the Divine beings meant to protect the world―just declared war. On me. They took Ray, my baby sister, and now they’re using my boyfriend to do their dirty work.

Well, screw that.

I may not be able to wipe them off the face of the earth now, but I know what can.

Thanks to an Ather connection, I know about the Seven Scrolls. An ancient incantation made by the Creator to counteract the Seven’s great power, scattered into pieces across the world.

With the help of my new crew, we’re on the hunt. And with each located scroll, I face new battles, bloodier and harder than I’ve ever known before. But now the stakes are even higher, because Ray has always been my bright light in the darkness, and Draven is my hope when all seems lost, and if I don’t get them back?

Well, then I might just become the scariest legend the world has ever known.

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In the conclusion of Molly E. Lee’s Ember of Night series, the reader is taken on a realm-hopping trip (again) in Spark of Light after Harley’s little sister, Ray, is taken by the ruthless Seven.

My feeling about Spark of Light may be summed up by the fact that I was certain that it was hundreds of pages longer than the two preceding books but was, in actuality, shorter. The story felt extremely episodic in nature as Harley moved from one seemingly harrowing interlude to the next. Some scenes felt like I’d read them before. During what I thought was the climax, my kindle told me I was only at 65%. Bummer.

My issues besides what seemed like interminable (kill me now) plotting was the constant use of “mate” as Draven and Harley referred to each other that just gave me an ick feeling. The pairing up of all possible couples (double ick). Grinning, grumbling, raising of eyebrows. And the killing off of one of my favorite characters. This novel also made me wish that the male lead character could be killed off because Draven and Harley after the first book just didn’t do it for me. You know how all good sitcoms died after the two “will they or won’t they” characters got together? I felt like that here. Without the tension, the romance is just blah.

Ray gaining powers and the mini wooly mammoth, Pagle, were two redeeming features. Oh, and, of course, the wickedly fun warlock, Kaz, and wolfhound, Wrath.

Needless to say, I was hugely disappointed and spent far too long trying to get through the book. If this hadn’t been the last book in the trilogy, it would have assuredly been a DNF.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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