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Moth and Spark Paperback – 20 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472214846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472214843
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 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)

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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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3.3 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DebB VINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cleopatra on 2 July 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beanie Luck TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Oct. 2014
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'Moth and Spark' is something of a wolf in sheep's clothing - or rather, a pink cuddly bunny in dragon's clothing. It's a romance story masquerading as a high fantasy epic. Don't be fooled by the hand-drawn map at the beginning, or the fantasy filled prologue - this is first and foremost a love story. It is a historical romance with a few dragons for good measure. That's not meant as a criticism - it's decently written and the romance is well done, but it's good to know what to expect from a book.

The story is enjoyable enough to read, although it's nothing special. The prose is easy to read and unpretentious, even if it does lack that sparkle you look for in a really good book. The pace is slow - far too much of the book is spent in the build up, and then the exciting conclusion is raced through in the last third of the novel. After a build up that had started to get tedious, I'd really hoped for a better pay off at the end. The fantasy backdrop does give it more than the average romance, and the parts about life in court and politics (albeit fictitious politics) are well handled and show the author is perceptive.

The couple at the centre of it all are likeable, but not loveable. I wasn't emotionally invested in their fate. There are a lot of good supporting characters, whom I found more interesting and that I cared for more deeply. Unfortunately a lot of these get lost along the way and their fates are never made clear. The heroine, Tam, is less irritating than many such characters, but is too perfect to be true. She reads like an authorial insert - the sort of person we'd all like to be, but nobody really ever is. All the same, I didn't dislike her, which is more than I'd say for most female romantic leads I encounter.
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