Moth and Spark

Moth and Spark

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"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"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780670015702
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 368 pages : map ; 24 cm


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May 31, 2016

I don't usually leave bad reviews (I guess I feel like if you can't say something nice, don't say anything), but I just did not enjoy this book at all. Reading it felt like a chore. I feel like there's a lot that you can do with the "generic" pseudo-medieval setting and a court romance, but only if you're willing to have fun exploring and subverting cliches. Unfortunately, the author seems to have had her sense of fun excised, leaving the reader to slog through what could have potentially been a fun read.

Aug 04, 2015

A dragon-bespelled prince falls in love with a seer, but cannot marry her because she is a commoner. They realize that they must work together to save their country and avert war.

Jun 02, 2014

This is very much a love story. It is about freeing dragons, saving the empire and winning love.

lhbooks Apr 26, 2014

This read like the second or third draft of a potentially better book. The world-building was interesting but thin, and character development relied on telling instead of showing. There was an abrupt change in tone and plot emphasis from romance-novel "secret love at court" to war and dragons. The romance between the two main characters was mainly signaled by the fact that they couldn't keep their hands off each other (in a quasi-Victorian setting!), rather than the building of trust they'll need to defeat the enemy. If you want political strife and romance in a fantasy kingdom, read LM Bujold's "The Curse of Chalion" or Sharon Shinn's "Troubled Waters" and their sequels.


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Jun 02, 2014

"I am not a poetess. Patient. Either brokenhearted or engaged. A good archer or rider. A spendthrift. A faithful correspondent. Uneducated. An older sister. Kind or a drunkard." She stopped. "Is that enough?"


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