This book is an erotic novel, and features content that is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.
If you are not 18 or older, please do not continue to read this review and do not purchase the book.
This review also contain spoilers for A Lesson In Thorns and general spoilers for Feast of Sparks.
☾ about the book
Title: Feast of Sparks
Author: Sierra Simone
Series: Thornchapel Quartet
Prequel: A Lesson In Thorns
Sequel: Harvest of Sighs
Format: ebook, novel
Smut Rating: 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
Trigger Warnings: graphic bullying in chapter seven
☾ the synopsis
I’m an outcast and a loner, named for death itself. Fate wasn’t supposed to have plans for me.
But then she came back—the girl I once kissed in a thorn-covered chapel in the woods. She came back, and I could no more resist her than I could pry out my own heart. And by some trick of fate, she wants me as much as I want her. The only problem? She also wants the man who owns Thornchapel, Auden Guest.
And so do I.
Eight years ago, I did something to Auden, something terrible. He hurt me back the only way he knew how, and so here we are: our hatred seasoned with pain and my loneliness seasoned with longing. The only thing we can agree on is Proserpina Markham, and she wants us to find a way to be together—all three of us.
If Auden wants to earn her as his submissive, then he has to earn me as well.
But with the discovery of bones behind the altar and the carnal revel of Beltane fast approaching, it’s becoming clear that Thornchapel’s secrets are much deeper and older than any of us could have ever guessed. And no matter how bright and merry a feast of sparks may be, it’s always followed by ashes.
☾ the characters
Poe struggles to accept her mother’s fate, but luckily for her, Rebecca is taking on Auden to teach him how to be a dominant, and though Auden does his best at keeping Poe’s self-proclaimed sex monster satisfied, Poe begins to throw herself into more research for a Beltane ritual as the mysteries around her mother’s death begin to unravel.
Auden is determined to do anything and everything to earn St. Sebastian and Poe while he oversees the renovations at Thornchapel, but he still struggles with his inheritance.
St. Sebastian cannot wrap his head around the fact that he loves Poe and Auden, and tries to ignore feelings for the latter while he remembers his days of being childhood friends with Auden – or were they more?
For St. Sebastian, the night of Beltane, and Poe’s and Auden’s desire changes everything.
If only Auden hadn’t been keeping one thing a secret for a little too long, maybe his happiness would have lasted.
After calling off her engagement with Auden, Delphine finds herself in the arms of her former enemy, Rebecca, who happens to be a domme and wants nothing more than to be with Delphine and introduce her to the world of kink.
Becket is conflicted, torn between God and the magic behind Thornchapel. He too carries a secret, and when he finally reveals it, he turns Poe’s and Auden’s world upside down.
☾ the world building
The book is set at Thornchapel, a massive and mysterious mansion with huge grounds that house a chapel as well.
Most of the book is about discovering Thornchapel’s secret, which has to do with old paganic rituals.
All the characters in the book are childhood friends who come together under mysterious but not unplanned circumstances to finish what their parents had started.
☾ what i liked about this book
This book had so much yearning, and so much delicious kink.
It’s one of those books that you read at night, so you can scream into your pillow out of frustration – because that’s what I did.
I enjoyed seeing the relationships between the friends become clearer and more steamy. I found it really interesting to watch Auden go from a really closed-off guy to a very confident, dominant and sexy man – and I can’t deny, I found myself wishing I was Poe.
I also really loved the world building – it’s a very knotted net that I find very hard to explain, but I think that it is better if you go into this book blind so you can watch the things unfold as the characters discover them.
☾ what i disliked about this book
Honestly, after I read A Lesson In Thorns, I really wanted to find out more about St. Sebastian, but now that I have more information than I originally found myself wishing for, I didn’t really like his character.
He’s a very skeptical and – dare I say it – cold and anxious dude, and while I now understand where he’s coming from, I can’t say this knowledge made his character less frustrating to read about.
☾ should you read this book?
I’ve begun to discover that people are really divided when it comes to this quartet, but all the people I’ve spoken to absolutely adore Feast of Sparks.
If you, like me, read A Lesson In Thorns and found yourself wishing that that book gave you more, more, more and you haven’t picked up Feast of Sparks yet, you are definitely missing out on a wild ride.
No, the Thornchapel Quartet isn’t for everyone, but if you like slow-burn, enemies to lovers and dark academia but also don’t mind some occasional kinky BDSM content (especially erotic scenes with F/F and F/M/M dynamics), you will love this book and I definitely recommend it. I haven’t been this invested in a universe since I finished King of Scars in January!