Moth (The Moth Saga #1) by Daniel Arenson

They say the world used to turn. They say that night would follow day in an endless dance. They say that dawn rose, dusk fell, and we worshipped both sun and stars. 

That was a long time ago. 

The dance has died. The world has fallen still. We float through the heavens, one half always in light, one half always in shadow. Like the moth of our forests, one wing white and the other black, we are torn. 

My people are the fortunate. We live in daylight, blessed in the warmth of the sun. Yet across the line, the others lurk in eternal night, afraid… and alone in the dark. 

I was born in the light. I was sent into darkness. This is my story.

Available as an eBook.

A moth named for its resemblance of a country. A country halved and myths formed. This is the world of Moth where light meets dark and never changes. It has been thus so long that evolution has changed those on both sides of the world. One side is humans as we know them and the other is humans where eyes are saucers and skin and hair as are fair as snow. 

The story is split into two halves, one following the journey of Torin and those in the light and the adventures of Koyee is the night. As both struggle to overcome the religious zealots of Sailith that will bring war to the dark from the light. This is well constructed and easy enough to distinguish the difference in view point from the character. You learn how both sides struggle and reach the point where they will meet. 

Daniel has created a word where magic lives, lives are torn and the common-folk will be those worst affected as armies march. His ability to story-tell sucks in the reader and refuses to let go. It has all the ingredients of a great story and does it well. You have the introduction, the middle and the end where it all comes together and the action just ramps up.  The action and world building along with a touch of romance just binds this book to your fingers. 

The world is a but impractical but it is a fictional story so we roll with it, and be glad you do as the character building and world development are superb and well explained. The writing manages to make the world that little bit more tangible and realistic. 

There are a few little things that just didn’t sit right. Torin is suppose to be pretty much blind in one eye, yet we don’t see this hindering him during battle. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t see your enemy from both directions and be able to fight cleanly with this disability.

Koyee goes from frightened fisherman’s daughter to a neo-military commander in the space of a few months. I understand she had spirit but it is a bit unbelievable you can advance so much in a short space of time. 

My last little bug bear is that there were almost too many characters introduced in this book, but having read the second I understand that this was necessary. Still doesn’t excuse the fact there is about 20+ names to keep tabs of.

Overall I would recommend that you read this and stick with it even if you dislike the characters as the story is well made and explained. A solid 3.5/5!


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