Review: Moth and Spark

Title: Moth and Spark
Author: Anne Leonard
Publisher: Viking/Penguin
Published: February 20, 2014
Hardcover, 384 pages
ISBN: 978-0-670-01570-2
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary: 
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.

My thoughts:
Anne Leonard had me at dragons. From just this aspect alone I knew I would like the book. It's a fantasy, but it's not heavy fantasy. So if you're knew to this genre, this would be a great starting point. The first third of the book is fantasy, adventure, and intrigue. The next third is romance with a little fantasy thrown in, but the last is a mix of everything. 

This book is a mix of old and new. While the kingdom of Caithen is set in mid-evil times, the dialog is pretty lax. In fact, many of the mannerisms are lax as well. I was torn to whether I liked this aspect of it or not, because at times it seemed inconsistent. I wished the author would have given us more background information. Leonard seemed to go with the Cliffnotes version of the history of Caithen. At times I felt as if I was missing out on fully understanding what was going on.

Prince Corin and Tam fall in love at first sight. From the moment they meet they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Even the King and Queen approve. Which was a little shocking to me, since the Queen has been searching for the perfect girl for her son. I guess she just wants him to be happy. Corin and Tam have an epic romance. You want them to succeed and live happily ever after. 

Overall I did like this book. Yes, I did have a few issues with it, but it was still a good read. I would love for the author to write more books in the realm of Caithen. 

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