Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard tells the story of a commoner and a prince falling in love while war brews and mysterious prophecies about dragons come to light. If you are a fan of historical romance, then you will probably really enjoy the court intrigue and romance in Moth and Spark and this could be a great chance to try out some light fantasy ;-). While Moth and Spark takes place in a world with magic and dragons, it has a very strong romance plot, with the consequences of war and dragons only emerging in the last third of the book, just so you know.
Note: I received Moth and Spark from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
Published by Viking Adult on Feb. 20th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy, Romance
Page Length: 384 pages
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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.
- Moth and Spark starts with a bang with the revelation of a prophecy involving freeing the dragons from the emperor. I’m obviously a huge dragon fan so this was a premise that I adored ;-). The prophecy was just the right amount of vague and mysterious to have me instantly interested in what was going to happen and what it really meant.
- On top of the cool prophecy in the beginning, Prince Corin has some rather mysterious memory problems right in the beginning of the book. The description of how thoughts about certain subjects (dragons!) just slip out of his mind had me so intrigued!
- I really enjoyed the ending of Moth and Spark and it honestly significantly improved the book for me. It was appropriately epic and magical and dragon-y, haha.
- So there is a lot of sex in Moth and Spark, which I wasn’t exactly expecting, but whatever. However, a pleasant surprise was that a lot of that sex was initiated by our heroine Tam. I love it when female characters are allowed to actually have a sex drive, girl power!
- I’m not a big romance fan, so the fact that the first half to two-thirds of Moth and Spark is pretty much a historical romance with occasional references to magic and dragons was disappointing for me. The romance also is kind of ridiculous in my opinion. These two kids are all over each other within 24 hours of meeting and after about five days they are in love and eternally committed to each other (ie making vows and promises they probably shouldn’t be making). I’m not even exaggerating, Corin thinks to himself how it had only been FIVE DAYS!
- Since so much of Moth and Spark is spent canoodling, the world-building suffered quite a bit. We don’t get to find out much about the world outside of the palace including the other countries that are potentially going to attack, the dragons and their history, etc. The last third tries to expand some of this since Corin and Tam actually leave the palace and see more of the world, but I would have liked that a lot sooner.
- I really question Corin and Tam’s priorities. There is a day when they have sex three times (good for them, I guess, under normal circumstances) when all sorts of bad things are happening in the world! Given the effect that everyday stress has on all of us in the modern world, I have a heard time believing that they would be thinking about those things when they are trying to figure out how to save everyone they know and love from utter destruction.
- This is definitely a me thing, but if you aren’t super into court intrigue and romance, you will likely have the same problem: the romance and court intrigue was just dull. There are only so many times that Corin and Tam can be interrupted right before they would have gotten caught canoodling ya know? I think I counted at least five times that that happened….
- I’m still pretty unclear on some plot elements, though it is entirely possible that I just missed them. Things I wonder about: what did happen in that nighttime courtyard scene at the beginning? When did Tam learn uber special knife skills besides that one mention? How could the king have possibly thought THAT was a good idea?????? (That’s just me being grumpy about the romance again, don’t worry, haha.)
Moth and Spark had a lot of promise between the dragons and the mysterious prophecy, but in the end it just wasn’t the book for me. If you don’t mind a very heavy romance element (i.e. I really think that was the main plot of the book and the prophecy was closer to a subplot), then you will probably enjoy Moth and Spark far more than I did. However, be prepared for a book that is over half romance with an epic fantasy adventure at the very end. This one was actually a bit difficult for me to rate since the first half was a 2-star for me, but the ending was a 4-star, therefore, I averaged ;-).
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
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