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 worshiped both sun and stars. That was a long time ago. 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. Moth -- an epic fantasy for fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


Reviewed: 2018-02-28

FIres on all cylinders for what I like in my SF&F reads.  New to me author been planning to read forever.


Fairly original,worldbuilding (yes, I know there have been other books with worlds in permanent day/night), great story, great characters .., just overall a good read.  


Two main characters are generally followed, one from day side and ine from night side.  What lost this one a star for me is how uneven the age or maturity of the dayside characters were -- not to mention how stupidly gotta-get-stupidly-in-situations-to-protect-buddy-who-always-has-to-then-save-me actions and dialogue.  


Great for first in series.  Ends with reader knowing there is more to come and an inkling of what, but not a cliffhanger -- just a good stopping point.

Reviewed: 2018-01-25
The world of Moth, though set as fantasy, feels like an alternate reality of the Medieval ages. The backstory goes like this - the Earth had stopped spinning centuries ago and now lies still. There are two parts - one constantly bathed in sunlight and the other in darkness. Two races live - the Timandrians and the Elorians, both believe the existence of the other is just a myth. But a sect of monks from Timandra believe in Eloria and want to burn it all down. Living on either side of the races are Torin, a Timandrian and Koyee, an Elorian and a major part of the story is told from their view. War is emerging thanks to the ministrations of the blood-thirsty monks and both are stuck as unwilling participants.

What I really loved about Moth was the plotline and the subliminal meaning behind it. In a world where these two races haven't encountered each other, prejudices lead them to believe the other is demonic. The Elorian calls the Timandrans sunlight demons and the latter calls the former creatures of the night. The manipulative monks create tension in a time of ignorant peace and start to lay the foundations of a bloody war. Torin had seen the Elorians and believe them to be innocent people and Koyee had her father murdered at the hands of the monks. Both embark to their respective king/elders to plead inaction/action from the powers that be. More interesting is the story of Koyee, a young girl who took upon herself the responsibility of saving her land. Her long-lost brother also comes into the story but he doesn't leave the impact she does. She comes to her capital city, to warn the elders but has to live off the streets, become a thief and finally join the battle. Torin, meanwhile, tries to stop his king but there are too many forces that drive them towards the war. The whole story rests on ambition and hatred and I found is superbly written. I enjoyed the vivid storytelling, the shifting narratives and the excellent world-building that is so richly devised and executed - keeping me engaged and hooked onto every page. I daresay it is one of the best fantasy I've come across.

4.5 stars!

Received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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