A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna was one of my most anticipated books of 2018. While there are more and more South Asian novels peppering the fantasy landscape in both adult and YA books, science fiction is lagging behind. That’s why the prospect of this space opera, inspired by the events of the Hindu epic The Mahabharata, was so exciting. And as we discussed in FANGRRLS’ review of A Spark of White Fire, the novel did not disappoint. At all.
That’s why we here at SYFY FANGRRLS are delighted to be doing a cover reveal of the sequel, A House of Rage and Sorrow. It’s the second book of the planned trilogy about House Rey and Esmae’s war against her brother, the crown prince Alexi.
Here’s the publisher’s description of the novel, which is out in September:
One kingdom. One crown. One family.
“Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.”
Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how can she possibly fail?
As gods, beasts, and kingdoms choose sides, Alexi seeks out a weapon more devastating than even Titania. Past lives threaten the present. Old enemies claim their due. And Esmae cannot outrun the ghosts and the questions that haunt her. What really happened to her father? What was the third boon her mother asked of Amba? For in the shadows, lurking in wait, are secrets that will swallow her whole.
The House of Rey is at war. And the entire galaxy will bleed before the end.
And now, the cover, designed by Kate Gartner, in all its glory: