Rating: 4 stars
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.
Slower to the hook, Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard is everything I love in a good fantasy. I need to remember to disappear from the world of YA a little more often and delve into the epic world of adult fantasy, because what I find when I go there is always fantastic.
I loved the dragons. I loved the plot. I loved quite a few things about this one. The stakes escalate quickly once they are introduced. It took me a bit longer to read Moth and Spark – while the plot fascinated me, I found myself reading over a few days to really fully take in Anne Leonard’s prose.
I always love my fantasy with a good element of romance, and I loved the balance between the fantastical elements and the romance between Tam and Corin.
Anne Leonard’s debut had me falling fast for it. I cannot wait to read more from this author to watch in the future.