A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE Illustrated Moment from Sangu Mandanna

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Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. THE LOST GIRL, a YA sci fi novel about death and love, is available now. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.

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 A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE Illustrated Moment
by Sangu Bandanna  

One of the things I like to do, when I draft a story, is sketch out snapshots of important moments just to capture the spirit of that moment. Then I combine those sketches with photos, research and colours to create a moodboard for the book. When I considered ideas for this guest post, one of the first things that popped into my head was that moodboard. So I thought it would be fun to share a sketch from A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE with you guys! (I’d share the whole moodboard, but there are too many spoilers!)

The following illustration is of the moment early in A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE that kicks off the rest of the story, when Esmae steps in to compete for the unbeatable sentient spaceship Titania. And why the fish? That’s a nod to the original Mahabharata, where a pivotal archery contest revolves around shooting a fish.


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Author: Sangu Mandanna 
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

 Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.



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