Friday, July 11, 2014

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard - Paul's Review

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Title: Moth and Spark
Author: Anne Leonard
Year Published: 2014

Narrator: Christian Coulson
Audiobook Length: 14 hours 10 minutes

Paul's Pre Reading

Synopsis: 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.


Review: This book came out earlier this year in 2014. I was expecting a modern and fresh take, but it wasn't as progressive or ahead of the curve as I was hoping. I wanted something revolutionary and this wasn't, but it still was a great fantasy novel with intrigue and dragons. 

Different parts of this novel feel like completely different books. There's the fantasy heavy story about the dragon riders and their interesting past. There's the intrigue of the royal court. A war is going on. Then there's the instalove romance at the center of the novel. I think I would have liked this novel more if it was more focused on just one story or character with the other storylines more in the background. 

If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, you will find something you like in this book. But, overall it was too scattered for me. I wasn't invested in any of the storied or characters. I give this book a 3/5


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