Book Review: Moth and Spark by: Anne Leonard

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: February 20, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost.

Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control. 

Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen. 

Torn between Corin’s quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.

Review: MOTH AND SPARK has all the hallmarks of a classic fantasy novel. The world Ms. Leonard created is richly detailed and stunning, with well-rounded characters who blaze to brilliant life within the pages. Corin and Tam are great characters, each round pegs struggling to fit the square holes into which their society and families feel they belong. They are both much more than meets the eye – not just a prince and not just a doctor’s daughter. Both Corin and Tam have pivotal roles to play in the pending war with the Empire, so even though they cannot marry, they choose to enjoy their relationship until they must part. I didn’t feel as if the story was overstuffed with inconsequential information, every event and every character played a part in directing or impacting the flow of the story. Pick up this story and you will be swept to a faraway land which will capture your imagination. MOTH AND SPARK is well-balanced, creative, and has dragons!

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