Review: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

February 20, 2014 5 stars, Book Review 6 ★★★★★

Moth and Spark

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 was exactly what I needed today, romance, light fantasy and hey dragons right!?

Be Still My Beating Heart!!
While Moth and Spark is most definitely a fantasy it has a heavy focus on the romance between the main characters Corin and Tam. I don’t often see that in traditional fantasy, heck I can’t even think of another adult fantasy that struck such a perfect balance for me. I have never been a big fan of strictly romance books (referring to contemporary romance here) but I guess I am still a romantic at heart, I just love my fantasy too. I’ve tried reading romances that have fantasy in them, you know ones you pick up in that aisle but they just never hit the mark for me, so I gave up on that years ago. I rarely a strong romantic relationship developed in traditional fantasy such that I really loved it. But here, I did, I loved it.

You Spin Me Right Round Baby, Right Round.
Maybe I’m being silly in that I loved their whirlwind romance. Some readers might have that reaction of “oh this is instant love” but I really didn’t see it that way because their behavior didn’t seem unrealistic to me. I’ve seen so many adults behave the exact same way, and get I might be speaking a little but from experience there too (thinks lovingly of her note husband). So I embraced this duo and was swept away just as much as the two of them were. The tension that builds between the two of them is palpable and made me feel all swoony. Ok now I’m getting sappy I know.

The Life of a Courtesan can be ever so complicated.
Keep in mind the bulk of the story takes place in the court palace all there is plenty of scheming, political games, court gossip and all other such things that come with court life. I really enjoyed it especially seeing it from both Corin and Tam’s perspective. Her being a commoner and he the crowned Prince.

Here There Be Dragons!
Not only is there a fabulous romance but there are dragons! They’ve been enslaved to a tyrant emperor. We start things off with a tense dragon scene that left me giddy for more. I was a bit sad that we didn’t see much more of them til the latter half of the book. While the dragons are definitely a key component to the book they aren’t the huge focus throughout the entirety of the novel so dragon lovers be warned. The second half though did sate my dragon loving heart so I was quite happy by the end.

I’ll Have My Cake and Eat it Too!
With all these elements we also get wizard assassins (I could have used more of them and more magic, but then I’m a sucker for a wizard), Dragon riders, and new found powers for our two protagonists! Mix this with what we were already given and Moth and Spark was a magnificent blend of traditional fantasy, adventure and romance. It just might be what many a fantasy fan has been aching for, I know it was for me.

*in best Oliver Twist impersonation possible* Can I have some more?

Read a guest post from the author all about the DRAGONS! – in the world of Moth and Spark!

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

  1. Pamela D

    This sounds so fantastic! Wizard assassin! Dragons! Romance! Yes, I am needing all of these things right now. I am adding this one to the list. I am nearing the end of the pile of books that I need to read, so I actually have time for books like this one! 🙂
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Lots of romance haha which was great. The magic is a bit vague and I do wish it were a bit clearer but it was mystical in a good way. I hope you enjoy it!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I really enjoyed it. It was such a nice blend of fantasy and romance. Romance being the main thing but it wasn’t a corset ripper hence I think why this publisher picked it up. I hope you decide to give it a try!