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Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

Saturday, September 5, 2015
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.

Goodreads Summary

I have always been fascinated by stories about dragons and everything medieval in nature. It brings you to this place of magic and mystery with a little bit of war to top it off. Then when you throw in a princess and a prince and it creates an aura of wonder that no one can stay away from.

I like the idea that this story is about freeing dragons as opposed to going on a quest to kill them off to win a maidens hand. It puts a fresh perspective on an old idea that has be re done so many times. One thing that I did not like was that it had such a huge romance focus as opposed to blending this more evenly with the fantasy aspect. I also liked the theme of the royalty falling in love with the commoner and going against traditions. Overall this book has all the elements in a fantasy romance that make it a true adventure worth exploring.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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