Review: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

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4 Stars

Moth and Spark was a different kind of read for me. I don’t read as much fantasy as I should. Especially since I enjoy it lots and lots. Moth and Spark is adult fantasy and I’ve yet to venture into that much but I’m totally game now!

I loved that the love story was so central to this fantasy story because it’s definitely what kept me glued to the end. I loved the main characters, Prince Corin and Tam, and immensely enjoyed their fast and intense courtship. They were so well matched and I found it refreshing that, even though he was a prince and she a commoner, things didn’t go badly for them. I expected lots of heartbreak for those two but was happy it didn’t turn out that way in the end.

There are dragons in this book, but maybe not so much as some may anticipate or want. They play a central role in the plot, but since it’s also about Corin, we see them mostly in the beginning and end. The war is also a big part of the story, but it’s not at the forefront of the story. I was ok with both of these things because I was so invested in seeing Corin and Tam being together and fighting to be together.

Don’t expect a fast pace book in Moth and Spark. It took me longer to finish than most books this length, but it was because I wanted to absorb all the details and imagery. The world-building was also really intricate and interesting. After a while, it became pretty unputdownable for me though, and then we were moving right along. I really enjoyed Anne Leonard’s writing and I hope I can read more soon.

Book Info

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
Published by Viking Adult
Pub Date: February 20th 2014
Pages: 368
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: AdultFantasyRomance
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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.

About Anne Leonard

Anne Leonard was born in Chicago and has lived in 8 different states, eventually ending up in California. She graduated with a BA from St. John’s College and went on to get my MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. After this came a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, and then a dry spell with no school for about six years before she started law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is a licensed attorney. She wrote the first draft of MOTH AND SPARK while in law school.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

14 Responses to “Review: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard”

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    Oooh…this sounds really good. I don’t read much adult fantasy either, but I’m going to try this one, so thanks! Is it a stand-alone? Hopefully it is, I’m in the middle of so many series right now I can’t even keep them all straight.

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    Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I struggled with it so badly because I think my fantasy reads need so much more action than romance. I just was not expecting the romance to be so prominent and I LOVE a good romance, but I really wanted a lot more world building and action and adventure for my personal tastes. It definitely was slower-paced! I’m glad you enjoyed it though!!!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Yeah, at first I worried I wouldn’t like it because it was a slow start, but the romance won me over in the end. I can see why people could be disappointed about the lack of dragons/action. For me, it was a good balance. I don’t like seeing too much non-kissing action, lol.

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