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Moth and Spark [Kindle Edition]

Anne Leonard
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Fun and beautifully crafted. The novel is something like a Russian nesting doll: it's a Jane Austen novel inside a Princess Bride type fantasy romp inside a much darker Tolkein-esque story of politics, war, magic, and dragons. An impressive debut (Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale)

Anne has the talent to draw us into the action while still demonstrating romantic sensitivity (The Bookbag)

Book Description

A thrilling quest, forbidden love and an Empire on the brink. Moth and Spark is The Princess Bride meets Game of Thrones ... with a dash of Jane Austen.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2821 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (20 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0LV152
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By DebB TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is presented in fairly standard classical fantasy-land - horses for transport, candles for light, swords for weapons, kings who actually rule, castles and taverns, non-standard names - oh and dragons! All well done, and beautifully described - the scene setting is wonderful. I did miss a map though, several countries and rulers, an emperor and an invader are all introduced early on and I struggled to remember who ruled where and what their significance was.
The blurb does the book no favours - young prince chosen for a magical task, meets beautiful young commoner with magical abilities of her own, they fall in lurve, and the future of mankind rests on their young shoulders... Mmmm - true to a tiny point, but this is much deeper, much... more! For a start our hero is 25 - not a youth, and our heroine an educated, intelligent, 20 year old (yeah, yeah, so she's breathtakingly beautiful, but she's refreshingly unaware of that fact).

Corin is the only prince of Caithen. Bad things are looming, allies are failing to step up to the mark, and Caithen's ruler is feeling somewhat exposed. In the midst of this, Corin is battling with inexplicable memory lapses, an inability to talk about certain topics, his father's dog suddenly attacking him, and other odd occurrences. Then he meets Tam - literally bumps into her, and both are instantly smitten. No fool, she knows what being courted by royalty means for a commoner, but she accepts his invitation to dinner any way...

The fist quarter is setting up and just as I was beginning to think get on with it, it got on and became gripping and things move along briskly. Corin's strange mental shift are explained, and Tam acquires some odd abilities of her own - question is, are they both being manipulated to another's end?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you're looking for a fantasy book then you best run for the hills now. This book is set firmly in the romance genre with a bit of fantasy thrown in. Yes it is set in a fantasy world, but it could have been better with less romance and more dragons.

Anne Leonard's writing style fluctuates as the opening chapters come across stronger and more polished than the heart of the novel, yet overall the entire book is solid. Corin is nicely established in the opening chapters as a capable leader and a young man with a good heart who struggles to deal with his obligations. Tam is similarly established as a strong, young, and clever woman who aspires to rise above her caste. Both characters are a bit too perfect, and to some extent annoyingly so...

"...with the most astonishingly beautiful face he had ever seen. She was a well-bred and well-educated young woman, even an accomplished one. She spoke three languages besides her own and could draw, sing, play the piano, and do embroidery, all of it inoffensively. She could converse on poetry and morals with equal grace. She had improved her mind by extensive reading. But her education did not end there. She dressed wounds, mixed medicines, sat by the dying. She helped her father with his experiments and his writings. When he saw something interesting under the glass, it was she who drew the picture for him. She had done other work too, assisting her brother with his accounts, shipping lists."

....she even manages to sit so incredibly still or is such a beautiful creature "that a butterfly landed briefly on the flower in her hair."
I like fantasy and imagination as much as the next person...but come on!

With that said, their romance story plays out well, even if it is rushed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Skipped it 30 April 2014
By Beanie Luck Spud TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I like many other people were taken in by the premise of a world about Dragons - if only.

Unfortunately this is a romance in disguise because the entire story revolves around Prince Corin and Tam, and to be fair its quite boring.

I began to skip pages, lots of pages in fact trying to get to the good stuff and when i do that it hasnt grabbed my attention.

Now im not saying it is a bad book, far from it, i am just saying that i personally didnt enjoy it.

I think the Blurb is massively far fetched, The Princess bride meets game of thrones - Really ?

Why do all publishers compare their books to Game of Thrones. Get a grip. Eastenders has more in common with GOT than this book.

A library book in my opinion, i certainly wouldnt buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Prince, the Seer, and the Dragons 20 Jan 2014
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A fantasy/romance novel. It runs for three hundred and sixty eight pages. It's further divided into twenty chapters, plus a prologue and an epilogue.

It is also complete and self contained in one book, and not seemingly the start of any trilogy or series. How many new books in this genre can you say that about nowadays? So that's one plus point from the off.

The romance element does result in some scenes of an adult nature. There's also some mild violence.

The land in which this story takes place is a kingdom that is part of a bigger empire. An empire that has dragons in it's service. Who are bound into that by something that is a closely guarded secret. The empire is under threat as a ruthless military leader from the east launches a war of expansion.

A prince of said kingdom is Corin. A thoroughly decent sort and one greatly admired by all the ladies at court. Especially for the chances he offers to advance their station.

Other main character is Tam. A lady who is a doctor's daughter. She's spending a few months at court as a guest of a relative.

She's also having strange dreams.

Corin has been chosen for a great task. By the dragons. To free them from service. Not that he knows anything this as the story starts.

When he and Tam meet, romance quickly blossoms. But as war comes closer and murder takes place, can the course of true love run smooth?

The narrative will use one of the two main characters as a viewpoint for alternating chapters. The author's notes at the end make it clear she has taken some of the style from the works of Jane Austen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat unimaginative and dull prose often halted by a spattering of...
Moth and Spark judders its way through an entirely adequate but not especially original fantasy story. Read more
Published 1 day ago by G. Wake
2.0 out of 5 stars Very heavy going.
I found that the blurb was "strangely" misleading and due to that and expecting so much more I am afraid to say couldn't finish the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by romreader
3.0 out of 5 stars A ramble.
This is a fantasy based book with a well developed world and characterisation. I found that there was the usual honeymoon of settling down and familiarising myself with a new... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack Chakotay
1.0 out of 5 stars I was so bored I couldn't even finish it.
Firstly I'd like to point out that I wouldn't normally review a book I didn't finish but since I got this book from the Amazon Vine program I'm obliged to write a review even if it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I'm sorry to say I could not get into this one and had to admit defeat and give up reading it. I just couldn't get on with the descriptive writing and found myself not connecting... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sammee, I Want To Read That
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful but with flaws
Moth and Spark is Anne Leonard's debut novel and one that grabbed my attention from the word go. I mean dragons, revolt, and magic--what's not to love? Read more
Published 2 months ago by W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking debut
I’m a huge fan of fantasy and to be honest I’m always looking for something that break away from the conventions in their own ways. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtly Love and the Politics of War
If, like me, you enjoy reading romance and fantasy equally, then you should find plenty to like in this tale of dragons, courtly love and politics. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Book Gannet
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
While out with his soldiers checking the North, Prince Corin stumbles across a Dragon Rider, he's given an impossible task, to free the Dragon's from their bondage to the Emperor,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alisha Bookseller
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming
Before reading this book, I came across the author's blog post about her thoughts on her book being described as 'conventional' in critical reviews (here: [...]). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doha
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