REVIEW: The Spark Form Chronicles, by Matt Doyle

Title: The Spark Form Chronicles

Author: Matt Doyle

Genre: Science Fiction

LGBTQ+ Category: Queer

Publisher: MDM Projects

Pages: 592

Reviewer: Madison Davis, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

An over the top performer guarding his companion’s right to life.

A genius programmer striving to retrieve her boss’s property.

An ex-mercenary sick of the abuse that she and her girlfriend receive.

A teenage girl desperately seeking to understand her past.

An old man intent on living on his own terms.

Five professional card players. Five reasons to fight. One thing in common: Their lives will be touched by the existence of the AI known as Carnival.

The Review

It took me three starts to finally get through the entire book. The Spark Form Chronicles collection isn’t bad. It’s just that so much is happening in the first book, I got lost and had to re-start several times to understand what was going on completely.

Matt Doyle didn’t write about a card game the way we know it. The story plays at the end of the current millennium. Consequently, the ‘world’ and its technology has developed. The society that was built is not really working, and the people are barely hanging on. 

Now, I don’t want to give away too much of the story. Let mejust to mention what I liked about the story, the plot, the characters, and what I did not enjoy about the book.

The book was an enjoyable read after I finally got into the story. The author lead me into his world. I felt the story, and I was immersed in the book. I followed the plot, and I found the descriptions more and more detailed and easier to find myself within the games and the stories.

The characters were well developed, and each one had their own strength and purpose. They play fantastically together to build and continue the story. I couldn’t decide on a favorite character, and that’s quite rare, I admit. Usually, I am quite fast to fix on one character, but in these books, I found them all equally built and useful/necessary for the story and plot. That doesn’t mean they’re very similar. Each one is just simply unique within their own spirit and being.

There was quite a lot of ‘magic & fantasy’ mixed into the plot and story. At first I was a bit annoyed by that fact, but later on, I found it added a lot of substance and explanation to the books.

What I did not like too much was the constant change of the POV. While I found it easier with each new book, it still made it hard for me to orient myself within in the story and get used to the new point of view. Once I got used to it and read easier and lighter, the POV changed again.

All in all, the author has created an interesting series with well-developed characters and a quite gripping plot.

In spite of the plot changes, I would definitely recommend this series to any regular reader of Science Fiction. 

The Reviewer

Madison Davis is a fantasy and paranormal romance author. She also works as a graphic designer and business strategy consultant. But her dream is to become a full-time writer. She enjoys the support of her friends and family and loves reading, traveling, and dancing. Madison lives in the South East with her husband, three cats, and a Rottweiler.

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