Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Review: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard + Book Giveaway!

Moth and Spark
by Anne Leonard
Release Date: February 24th, 2014


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.


If you are looking for a story filled with dragons, magic, and romance then this is the book for you!

I have always enjoyed the escape provided while reading books such as this and this one certainly did not disappoint. This book is very well paced and while so much happens in it, everything is tied up in the end very well. One thing that made me especially love this book is that while Prince Corin and Tam's love story is very prominent, it is not the main focus with just a bit of fantasy and magic thrown in here and there. All aspects of the story seemed to be provided pretty evenly without having too much of one thing and too little of the other. Something that made this an easy read was that Corin and Tam were the two main characters and there were not so many characters that I would get easily confused. What I enjoyed most is that both Corin and Tam have very strong personalities, values, and fight for what they believe in. This is a short book that many will get through fast, but greatly enjoy.
I highly recommend you all read this book!


About the Author:
She was born in Chicago and has lived in 8 different states, eventually ending up in California.  She graduated with a BA from St. John’s College and went on to get her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. After this came a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, and then a dry spell with no school for about six years before she started law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  She is a licensed attorney.  She wrote the first draft of MOTH AND SPARK while in law school.
When she was in her doc program, she edited what was then the first scholarly collection of essays on race and color in science fiction and fantasy (Into Darkness Peering, Greenwood Press, 1997.) She authored the chapter on race in The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (Cambridge, 2003). Additional critical work and reviews have appeared in various academic journals.
She has a husband, teen-aged son, and two black cats: When she's not writing or having family time, she takes walks and goes on photography expeditions, or listens ever-hopefully to Chicago Cubs games on the radio.

For more about Anne, visit her website at:


  1. Love your review! You already had me at dragons, magic and romance...hahaha! Would definitely like to read this!

  2. This is Darith L)

    I'd love to read this book! Sounds epic and magical! :D