Moth and Spark: A Novel

Moth and Spark: A Novel

by Anne Leonard
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Moth and Spark: A Novel by Anne Leonard

A prince with a quest, a beautiful commoner with mysterious powers, and dragons who demand to be freed—at any cost

Filled with the potent mix of the supernatural and romance that made A Discovery of Witches a runaway success, Moth and Spark introduces readers to a vibrant world—and a love story they won’t soon forget.

Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the power Mycenean 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 Caithenor 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. Torn between his quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, Tam and Corin 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 rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101634516
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/20/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 167,318
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Leonard has degrees from St. John’s College (B.A), the University of Pittsburgh (MFA), Kent State University (Ph.D), and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She lives in northern California with her husband, teenage son, and two black cats.

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Moth and Spark: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I am not a fan of romance and particularly dislike graphic sex scenes; this book successfully conveys the sense of the protagonists' passion without bogging us all down in excessive details. The plot follows traditional fantasy lines, and does it well. The world and characters depicted are convincing and a pleasure to visit. And, of course, there are dragons, always a plus! Best of all, an actual conclusion is reached at the end of the book; this is not yet another fantasy where it is obvious from the get-go that the auhor plans to drag it out in as mny books as possible. I would welcome more books in this world and with these characters, but this novel is very satisfying as a stand-alone vehicle.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Anne Leonard’s defined style of writing grabs hold of readers and plunges them deep into this fantasy world filled with constant excitement, action, wonder, romance, and of course, dragons. The prologue gives but a glimpse of the world that Corin, heir to the throne, lives within. One filled with danger, secrets, and a commoner, Tam, who is a visitor at summer court and in awe with her surrounding, and sees Corin for more than just his title. She too carries a secret unknown to even her that could be the key to understanding, and either save or kill the ones around her. Unbeknownst to Corin, he has been tasked with freeing the dragons controlled by Emperor Had and his journey will slowly unfold as what he needs to know and do becomes apparent. But, there’s a war a brewing and they are but two people. Can they free the dragons? Can they find themselves? They say they look in the water and see the dead all pale and blind. Not bodies. There is a woman who comes up to you and touches your shoulder and you freeze like ice, and she sucks the blood out of you while you stand there. Moth and Spark  was a phenomenal story that had me hooked quickly and carried through to the very end. It is a pleasant mingling of action adventure fantasy meets historical romance giving it a broad appeal for readers. Reminiscent of Game of Thrones meets the forbidden love of Water for Elephants, I found this story to have a perfect balance. The world is beautifully descriptive and enthralling, easily capturing my attention, while the characters, while not overly in depth, had personal qualities that made it difficult to not want a blossoming romance to round out the story. I am unsure if Leonard intends to keep this a standalone book, but there are definitely elements that could easily make this into a series, which is always my preference. If you are looking for a non-YA fantasy romance novel that will sweep you away from reality for a while, definitely take the time to pick up and read Moth and Spark. You won’t regret this choice! *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time fan of high fantasy - I practically grew up on the back of a dragon surrounded by wizards throwing fire balls at the enemy army (undoubtedly full of trolls and goblins). Moth and Spark was a pleasant return to this genre. With plenty of dragons around and a splash of magic thrown in, a dashing prince falling in love and a wise king guiding his kingdom from the evil baddies that threaten the safety of everyone - it was everything I had hoped for.  Prince Corin was everything a good prince should be and Tam was the perfect (if not exactly socially acceptable) girl for him to fall in love with. But the dragons have given them a task - the dragons want to be freed from their slavery to the evil emperor whose family stole them long ago. The book follows the pair (and their many helpers) as they try and fiure out just how you're supposed to free a dragon. There was plenty of treachery, a few epic battles, and a lot of looking into themselves in order to find the solution.  If you are a lover of fantasy and need something fresh and new, this would be the perfect book. Fast paced and interesting, you're sure to love it.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 
Readthemall More than 1 year ago
For the most part, I found this book enjoyable but it was not at all what I was expecting. It is more romance than any other genera. I thouth that it would be much more fantasy. You hear bout the dragons in the opening scene and then dont see them for another 150 pages. The last 30 pages or so were very good and interesting, but most of the rest was just loght romance that was slightly dull. My favorite character was not a main character and Corin didn't really seem to put his heart into anything, including Tam. ' Beach book', not 'OMG I can't put it down!' book.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
MOTH AND SPARK has all the hallmarks of a classic fantasy novel. The world Ms. Leonard created is richly detailed and stunning, with well-rounded characters who blaze to brilliant life within the pages. Corin and Tam are great characters, each round pegs struggling to fit the square holes into which their society and families feel they belong. They are both much more than meets the eye – not just a prince and not just a doctor’s daughter. Both Corin and Tam have pivotal roles to play in the pending war with the Empire, so even though they cannot marry, they choose to enjoy their relationship until they must part. I didn’t feel as if the story was overstuffed with inconsequential information, every event and every character played a part in directing or impacting the flow of the story. Pick up this story and you will be swept to a faraway land which will capture your imagination. MOTH AND SPARK is well-balanced, creative, and has dragons!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I read the reviews beforehand so I knew there was a good love story here. Unlike some readers- I did not think it was a negative thing to bring the dragons into the story the way it was done. I loved the flow of the story and the richness of the language (: I LOVE dragons and have read many books about them, all varied. This is a unique story that I love. I look forward to her writing more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the initial storyline interesting, but it wore very thin by the middle.of the book. The plot surrounding the dragons and the main charachters "power" was not very well explained. I found dmyself having to reread several parts to make sure I didn't miss an explanation, only to find that there was none. Intersting but vague
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Being a lover of fantasy, I looked forward to reading Moth and Spark. Prince Corin of Caithen, very obviously under some compulsion in the beginning of the story, has war coming at his country from two directions. Tam, very beautiful but not of high birth, can assist Corin in his quest with her seer's gift. Although the prince is not supposed to court a commoner, in times of war exceptions are made.  Despite the captivating beginning and lively, action-packed final third of this book, it is top heavy with the romance between Corin and Tam. Add to this the court intrigue and numerous girls fawning over their love interests, and the middle of this book reads a bit like a Jane Austen novel.  Although the characters are generally realistic and lifelike, I found Tam a bit too good to be true. At least Corin, though also a bit too much the perfect prince, fortunately comes across as more prone to human failure. He makes mistakes, has doubts and doesn't always play open cards with either Tam or his father, king Aram.     I absolutely loved the dragons in this book. The way the dragon riders can communicate with the dragons and with one another is unique and imaginative. The world building in Moth and Spark is creative and extensive enough for the purposes of this story.  Moth and Spark is a comfortably paced, light fantasy especially suitable for those who prefer a heavy dose of romance. I would, however, warn readers not to approach this book with the same expectations as for series like A Song of Ice and Fire or even The Lord of the Rings. (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was alright. Nothing special.
IvyD More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Reviewed by IvyD for Manic Readers & Miss Ivy's Book Nook Corin, prince of Caithen, has recently returned from a trip north, a trip that irrevocably changed him.  The dragons believe the time is at hand to secure their freedom and Corin is their chosen champion.   Tam, daughter to a scholar and doctor, is a commoner.  Tam’s trip to court and exposure to the lines of power running through Caithenor brings out her latent talent as a Seer. With war on the horizon the new lovers become the last hope of not only the dragons but Caithen. MOTH AND SPARK is a strong beautifully written debut set in a medievalesque world centered on the country of Caithen.  The familiarity of the “time” makes the world easily believable.   What captured and held me first was the writing; the pacing, the feel, and attention to detail.  The locations from the court of Caithenor to the Wizard Village can be clearly “seen’ and are peopled with vibrant characters speaking splendidly subtle and witty dialog.   Tam is my favorite type of heroine, intelligent, strong, charming, and capable without being overbearing.  These snippets illustrate her unpretentiousness, intelligence, and appeal. Her first “date” with Corin... He said her name, in the tone of someone who is repeating it.  “I’m sorry,” she said quickly.  “I was thinking.  It’s one of my faults.” He made a sound that might have been suppressed laughter.  “It’s quite all right.  I was saying something banal about the architecture.” At a very public Ball… “I’m aware of that,” she said.  “But what do you expect them to talk about if they can’t go to university or take part in commerce or politics? It’s damn boring sitting around sewing.” She was not sure what to expect for a response, “You,” he said, and broke all rules of the dance to kiss her, “are not someone I ever want to argue against in public, because you will slice me into tiny pieces before I even know it.  However did you get this way?” “I’m not inbred nobility,” she said. He burst into laughter and lost the rhythm of the dance. And later….   “Because you are the first woman who paid me the honor of actually seeing me,” he said.  It was unexpectedly sober.  “I’ll concede I didn’t give many women much of a chance to, but none of them were interested in it.” “I had no intent to lay you bare.” “That’s why you could.” The last two snippets speak volumes about Corin and Tam. And now a snippet or two about our hero, Corin;…he truly gets it. “Exactly. Never do both sides get what they want.  The bargain always fails. I’m not playing that game.” He was right, but something about it stung her.  She realized she had wanted to be the hero, to find the answer, to set things right. Perhaps that was the result of talking to dragons. It made one feel stronger, more important, cocky. She nodded reluctantly. “I know you don’t like taking things on faith,” he said. “Nor should you. But sometimes it’s necessary. A bargain is no bargain if you don’t have faith the other party will keep it. “That’s why Hadon is losing his empire. He has no faith in his subjects, and they have no faith in him. A people can only be governed by its own consent.” “You said at the ball that power was making a person give something for nothing and thinking she had got the better deal.” “That’s power, not governance. They aren’t the same.” Corin and a dragon… Its mind was asleep, and he traveled through strange dragon dreams before it roused enough to speak to hi.  It was cold, alien, inhuman. There was sound, thunder or breaking ice and bells and gongs. Wind. The crackle of fire. Everything was black. Then opal light. Vertigo. He was pulled, tossed. He plummeted downward into darkness while wind rushed over hi and cold air stung his skin. Red light. The flickering shadow of a dragon writhed on Hadon’s throne. Hadon stood before him, hands outstretched,and his eyes were the blackness of the void. Go, the dragon was telling him. Go. You know what to do. He broke the contact with his mind and simply felt the dragon. Its bulk, its heat its scales. He ran the tips of his fingers along a scale over and over. So smooth. Water would bead on it and fall, a blade would crack, an arrow would bounce. He ventured the briefest of touches to the edge of the scale and pulled his finger back at once, bleeding. There, he thought. Now you have my blood. While I took abundant pleasure in the writing, characters, and tense action (the climax was amazing) there was one unexpected issue.  I felt MOTH AND SPARK had too much romance for a fantasy. Surprising for a romance reader to say, but I prefer my fantasy to be more fantastical than romantic.  I wanted more about the dragons, wizards, and the history of the “world” and less intimacy.  Yes, Tam and Corin’s relationship developed at lightning speed but that really wasn’t a problem.  War or the threat of it and extraordinary circumstances can explain the rapidity of their connection and its progression. I didn’t need those beyond the bedroom door scenes to solidify their relationship in my mind.  There is nothing left dangling at the end of MOTH AND SPARK.  This is worth mentioning because series have become the norm in most genres.  I greatly appreciate that everything was tied with a big red bow.  It left me remarkably relaxed and satisfied.  If beautifully written fantasy appeals to you MOTH AND SPARK is definitely worth your time.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Peaceful Caithen is about to go to war, but this is not just any human war with its terrible destruction and at least a chance of winning. This is a fantasy land surrounded by the Mycenean Empire and the Sarian nation, lands where the depths of darkness reigns with dragons, wizards, poisons, and darkness never imagined. Tam, the daughter of a scholarly and brilliant doctor, knows about some of these terrors but refuses to be intimidated by them. Yes, she knows fear but isn’t ruled by it. Chaperoned, she arrives in Caithen and almost immediately sees someone die and has a horrific vision during the event! This vision does terrify her and distracts her from the normal courtly gossip and jealousies that are routine matters here. That’s all about to end though as she meets Corin, the Prince of Caithen, a handsome, strong man who is about to fall hard and fast for Tam, a commoner! Corin knows something recently happened to him that is to be immensely significant to him and his kingdom but for some odd reason he just can’t remember. However, he has little time to ponder that as it is clear the Sarians have begun traveling to attach not only Caithen but also every town, village and city between their land and Caithen. Corin is tense with worry and plans for a battle he knows they cannot win, because of the dragons who will be part of the attacking army. After many short, serious and sweet conversations with Tam, he not only knows he wants to marry her but also that she has some secret powers that he could use in his plans but which he avoids initially because of his fierce need to protect her. These are two level-headed, practical characters who know when to be fiercely romantic, sometimes surprisingly on the part of bold Tam. Though she has never loved like this and felt such desire, she abandons herself to what her body and mind are telling her. This develops into not only passion but also the realization that she will not be shunted away out of danger but instead will play an integral part in the plan Corin has to save Caithen before the Sarians can destroy it and all who reside therein. Readers will enter the world of magic, mesmerism, dragon flight, “blood dust,” and finally an internal battle in the depths of the earth that are stunning the way the author describes them. Corin and Tam may prevail but the journey will be almost indescribably dangerous and not without unforeseen consequences. Anne Leonard knows how to craft a paranormal fantasy that is never dull, intriguing with just the right amount of details, and cleverly plotted to impact on the reader’s interest. You won’t be able to put this down; and if you’re a new or old fan of fantasy, this is definitely a MUST for your next read! Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
15 dollars for an ebook?