Title: Moth and Spark
Author: Anne Leonard
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: December 30, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Prince Corin has been
chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the power Mycenean
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 Caithenor 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. Torn between his quest to free the dragons and
his duty to his country, Tam and Corin 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 rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it
My Two Cents:
"Moth and Spark" is a standalone fantasy book about Prince Corin, who is trying to create a legacy for himself through dragon riding. At the same time, he is quickly falling for Tam, a commoner. Corin knows that their love may not be able to survive but he wants to try. This fantasy is part adventure story and part love story. I enjoyed it but wanted to see the two story lines brought together a little bit closer.
I really was interested in the premise of this book. Dragons are fascinating to me and I love them as an element in fantasy books. I liked that the dragons seem really smart in this book. I did wish that we got to know more about the back story of the dragons. We don't get to know much about them other than the aspect of dragon riding. A lot about the dragons simply remains a mystery. Overall, I did wish that there was more world building in this book. I felt like I was missing out on some things. I think stand alone fantasy books can be really difficult from that aspect.
I grew to really like the relationship between Corin and Tam. It definitely starts out as insta-love, which I am not a big fan of but their relationship definitely grew on me as the book went on.
Overall, I liked this book. It felt more like a start than a stand alone in a lot of different ways. I did want more detail as I thought that could really help to make Corin and Tam's world come to life for me!
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