The Moth Saga (Books 1-3) Review

July 16, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★

The Moth Saga (Books 1-3) ReviewThe Moth Saga: Books 1 - 3 by Daniel Arenson
Series: The Moth Saga
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
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four-stars

"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 worshiped both sun and stars. That was a long time ago..."

The Moth Saga, a bestselling fantasy series, tells the story of Moth, a world torn in two--its one half always in sunlight, the other cloaked in endless night. This bundle includes the first three novels in the series: Moth, Empires of Moth, and Secrets of Moth.

Many eras ago, the world of Moth fell still, leaving one side in perpetual daylight, the other in darkness. Torin and Bailey have spent their lives in the light, but now they're about to venture into the dark . . . and discover a world of danger, secrets, and wonder

The Moth Saga is a series about a world (Moth) that stopped spinning, with one side permanently in the sun and one in the darkness. Upon the sun-lit side resides Timandrans, and on the moon-lit side resides Elorians.

In the first book, the kingdoms on Timandra are facing internal strife and rebellion. In an effort to deflect attention away from theirselves, the leaders decide to start a war with the moon-lit side of Elorian. The characters we follow from either side attempt to stop the war and heal the world.

In the second book, things are getting worse. Eloria is losing and being slaughtered in genocide. Koyee, Torin, and the others must set out on quests to unite all of Eloria to fight against their common enemy.

In the third book, Koyee learns of a way to make the world spin again. Everyone sets on a quest to accomplish this in hopes of turning the war back against the daylight. The third book throws any scientific plausibility out the door, but its a fantasy anyway and fun to read.

The world is really, really imaginative and its a premise I haven’t read before. Rather plausible or not, it was interesting to learn about the two sides and how they had evolved over thousands of years. I found the development and growth of Torin and Koyee to be very well done. Both Koyee and Torin were somewhat weak and immature in the beginning, but grew quite well and were always heroic and noble. The villain in the story actually has a well-done backstory and it was fun to see him constantly riding off the rails and over-topping himself. Some of the supporting characters were a bit stunted and never showed as much growth as I would have liked (Bailey, Linee). In fact, I wasn’t quite sure of their purpose other than a little comedic relief. A few of the deaths in the series just didn’t impact me as much as they might have because I just didn’t relate to or know the characters well enough.

I found the plot to be well-paced and a good page-turner. The book was fairly quick for me, and I felt the writing style was easy to get through. There was a bit of filler (especially in the beginning dealing with Koyee) but as the series progressed this mostly went away.

So overall, a great series to read and a fun one. I look forward to reading future books about Moth.

four-stars

About Daniel Arenson

Daniel Arenson is a bestselling author of epic fantasy.

Three of his trilogies—Dawn of Dragons, Song of Dragons, Dragonlore, and The Dragon War—are set in Requiem, a world where humans can turn into dragons. He’s also the author of Moth, a series about a world torn in two—its one half always in sunlight, the other always dark. Five of Daniel’s books have hit Amazon’s overall Top 100 bestsellers list; one has hit the Top 20. In total, his books have sold over 350,000 copies.

Raised on Dungeons & Dragons, Lord of the Rings, and scratchy Star Wars VHS tapes, Daniel still consumes—and tries to contribute to—geek culture.

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