Friday, November 22, 2013

A Spark Unseen

A Spark Unseen is a YA historical suspense novel by Sharon Cameron, as well as a sequel to The Dark Unwinding.

You know what I’m going to say. If you haven’t yet read The Dark Unwinding, you should avoid this review for potential spoilers of the first book. Read my review of The Dark Unwinding here.

Last chance to avert your eyes before the synopsis begins!

Katherine Tulman has been in life threatening situations before.

That’s why when she wakes in the middle of the night to hear strange men’s voices, she is instantly alert.

It doesn’t take much to deduce that they want to kidnap her uncle – a man with childlike innocence yet a mind with genius enviable by nations at war.

Katherine’s Uncle Tully’s sprawling manor Stranwyne Keep is not as secure as they need as the Crimean War creates an ever stronger desire for his elusive inventions.

So, Katherine decides to have them flee to Paris.

And while she is there she will search for Lane – the young man who knows her Uncle Tully even better than she – the young man that she’s given her heart to – the young man feared dead.

But as Katherine is swept up into the political intrigue of Napoleon III’s court, she finds herself quickly in danger once more…

I very much enjoyed The Dark Unwinding, so I was thrilled when I found out there was going to be a sequel!

As in the prior novel, A Spark Unseen presents us with strong, smart women in a glorious time period (in my opinion).

Here we are provided with suspense, nail-biting political intrigue, surprises, heart break, and a wonderful sense of family and of mystery.

I have to say that I did not find A Spark Unseen to have as much of a gothic or steampunk tone as The Dark Unwinding, however – which was too bad.

Yet, even still, A Spark Unseen – with its spunky heroine and gripping story – was a good sequel!

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