Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
This is a hard review for me to write because although Sci-fi movies and TV shows are my favorite genre, it is my least favorite in books. So often when I read a sci-fi story, I come out feeling like an idiot since most of the reviews written are as eloquent as the book itself. I usually have no understanding of what was going on. That was certainly the case with Root of the Spark.
Now that I have admitted to not understanding much of the book, I still gave it four stars. When all is said and done, I absolutely love, love, loved the characters. I will try to put into words some of what the story said to me and there were serious topics covered.
Dell is the first hermaphrodite born on her world of Ameliaura. She has a full set of both sex organs and most people do not know what to call her/him/it. Dell’s mother is an advocate for Herms and there are quite a few now. She was the one who came up with the word Per for person, they are what they wish to be and shouldn’t be labeled. Dell comes from a very powerful family with a lot of connections, but instead of using her connections to make things right for others like her, she became a wild child living the night life.
On what should have been a simple walk, Dell found herself attacked but a group of boys. The beating would open her eyes to things she didn’t see before. She was saved by a man called Zavvy. Zavvy is a man who for the past five years has opened his home to children in need of a place to live and some love. The children are all ages and are almost all herms. Even if they have parents and can live at home, it is not a perfect solution. During the day, his one room apartment houses at least twenty-five kids. At night, fifteen of them sleep over. He has dedicated himself to these kids and now he finds himself caring for Dell.
Dell and Zavvy don’t take long to fall for each other. She feels that she has finally found what she has been looking for. The problem is, there doesn’t seem to be much time left over after he cares for all the children. She knows that there have to be changes made, and she certainly has the right people to ask for help.
The book also covers a man named Ledder who has been sent to prison. It is a prison unlike any other where someone named Acorn gives him all he needs and helps him to find out about himself. What makes him beat his wife and neglect his children when in his heart he deeply loves them? There is a connection between Acorn and Dell which we find out about towards the end, but I don’t want to go into his story too much. Well, truthfully, I don’t want to go into it too much because I didn’t really understand it that much.
Like I said before, the characters are wonderful, especially the children whom you just want to hug. Once again, any difference in people seems be an open invitation to cause pain. Also, remember I already called myself an idiot, so be kind.