Moth and Spark Paperback – 20 Feb 2014
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not for me, I too was gripped by the false promises, dragons, game of thrones, fantasy book. No. It's a romance, pure and simple it's a romance. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Loopielou
From reading the synopsis I was expecting something along the lines of a Robyn Hobb book - all about the dragons! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kash
Not the fantasy adventure I was expecting from the description given. Predominately a love story that becomes a tad repetitive and predictable.Published 12 months ago by Beth
The dragons have chosen the heir to the throne, Prince Corin, to free them from their enslavement to the mad emperor Hadon. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Petra Bryce
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Moth and Spark given the mix of reviews. I was hoping for a good mix of fantasy and romance, perhaps leaning more on the romance if I’m... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lucy Reads Romance
This is a fantasy fiction set in a fictional country with dragons. That combination pretty much sums up my requirements for fantasy fiction! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
I found this to be a really well written story in that it went back to the basics of the craft of writing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Viki
I enjoyed Moth and Spark, but felt that it fell between two stools. As a romance it feels rushed, and although Tam & Corin are a likeable pairing, I didn't love them. Read morePublished 21 months ago by catherine
Corin is the prince of Caithen. He finds himself in for a most extraordinary mission, as he prepares to release the dragons from their bondage to the empire. Read morePublished 22 months ago by H. Pierce