The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger. Jan. 4, 2018. Createspace. Netgalley.
As always, Amazon blurb: Stand up.
When Lark is stolen from Earth to be a slave on the planet Tavdora, she’s determined to find her way back home to her family, no matter the cost. Placed in the household of a notorious slave trader, Lark quickly learns her best assets are her eyes and ears. And if she’s brave enough, her voice.
Kalen is the Tavdorian son of a slave trader and in line to inherit his father’s business. But his growing feelings for Lark, the new house slave who dares to speak of freedom, compel him to reveal his new plan for the slave ships returning to Earth—escape. Together, they just might spark a change that flares across the universe.
Lark finds herself betrayed by a man she thought loved her and shipped off to another planet after one who is like a sister to her is killed by her captor. Trying to avenge her, she finds herself sold to the alien, Kalen, who befriended her before all this happened. His family are slave traders and he tells them he is going to train her in order to keep her safe. While caring for an ailing woman who was like a mother to him and his cruel brother, she discovers the Renegades and soon joins them when they promise her freedom in exchange for betraying Kalen. To her joy, she finds that her brother is one of the Renegade’s star people. She works on trying to change Kalen to see that slavery is wrong. Just when she has convinced him, the Renegade refuses to allow him to join because of his family. She is heartbroken but goes through with the promise to steal the keys to his vast starship in order to free the slaves.
This story had a slow build. Science and I are not friends, but I came to LOVE this story! From the moment Kalen and Lark meet, sparks fly. It takes a long road to convince him that slavery is wrong but then she has to betray him in order to free her people. Both Lark and Kalen are fascinating characters with real depth. I’m hoping for sequels, but no word as of yet.
Sara was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her early life exploring uncharted lands and raising chickens. She now makes her home among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two children…and she still raises chickens. When not getting lost in a book, Sara can be found gardening, piping, or drinking her favorite vanilla chai tea. You can visit her online at http://www.sarabaysinger.com.