Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book of the Week: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

Happy book birthday to this intriguing fresh fantasy debut novel. The world Leonard has created features a different take on dragons, creatures who are very alien in a world splintered into small kingdoms under the fealty of empires. Prince Corin of Caithen has had strange memory gaps since a foray into the north and has since seen the occasional dragon flying overhead. Now back at home for Summer Court political machinations abound as he enters into the social flurry where he is to make a dynastic match. Tam, an intelligent well educated commoner, has come to court with her sister-in-law to find her own match but sparks fly when the prince and the commoner meet even though a match between them would be unthinkable. Readers who stick with this through a longish romantic middle will be amply rewarded by an action filled final quarter leaving them looking forward to discovering more about this enticing world.

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