Title: Moth and Spark
Author: Anne Leonard
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: High Fantasy
Release Date: February 20, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn
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.
I have been a long time fan of high fantasy - I practically grew up on the back of a dragon surrounded by wizards throwing fire balls at the enemy army (undoubtedly full of trolls and goblins). Moth and Spark was a pleasant return to this genre. With plenty of dragons around and a splash of magic thrown in, a dashing prince falling in love and a wise king guiding his kingdom from the evil baddies that threaten the safety of everyone - it was everything I had hoped for.
Prince Corin was everything a good prince should be and Tam was the perfect (if not exactly socially acceptable) girl for him to fall in love with. But the dragons have given them a task - the dragons want to be freed from their slavery to the evil emperor whose family stole them long ago. The book follows the pair (and their many helpers) as they try and fiure out just how you're supposed to free a dragon. There was plenty of treachery, a few epic battles, and a lot of looking into themselves in order to find the solution.
If you are a lover of fantasy and need something fresh and new, this would be the perfect book. Fast paced and interesting, you're sure to love it.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*