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Us vs Them
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2021
The Moth Saga: Books 1-3 is, as the name implies, a box set of the first three books of the Moth Saga. This is a classic story of the bad things that happen when “us” vs. “them” thinking takes over a world.
The planet Mythimna, commonly known as Moth from the shape of its main landmass, stopped rotating years in the past. So now half of it is always facing the sun, and the other half is always facing away. The people, who were formerly of a single race, have evolved differently to adapt to the different living conditions. The side always in the light is known as Timandra, and there are about five major countries there, plus some minor ones. The dark side is called Eloria and contains three major empires.
The people of each side believe that the people on the other side are demons or monsters. They also don’t believe such people exist at all. Though the countries on the light side are always fighting each other, and the countries on the dark side frequently fight each other as well, the two halves of the world haven’t gotten mixed up with each other – until the monk Ferius decides to stir up trouble for his private purposes. He shortly manages to involve the entire planet in a devastating war.
There is a romance here as well. Torin, a boy from the town of Fairwool-by-Night, the closest Timandrian village to the border between the light and the dark, and a member of the part-time town guard, is involved in the incidents leading up to the war. He meets Koyee Mai, a girl from Oshy, the Elorian village just across the border into night, and falls in love with her – but not before she has suffered extensively trying to get the officials of Pahmey, the nearest large Elorian city, to pay attention to the Timandrian attack on Oshy.
The war spreads and spreads and spreads. And people are killed and killed and killed. It seems nothing will satisfy Ferius other than the complete elimination of everybody in Eloria. He is especially anxious to get rid of Koyee Mai and her brother, Okado, leader of a pack of wolf riders. He also bears a deep grudge against Torin, because Torin kept trying to stop the war from beginning.
In Pahmey, after seeing the wholesale slaughter of the city, Torin and his friends from the village watch join the Elorian side. Fleeing the wreck of Pahmey, they go on a series of quests – first to find allies for the Qaelin Empire, and then to find the missing parts of the clockwork that will set the planet turning again to prove to everybody that the half-light half dark situation wasn’t the way the world was meant to be.
And even after the end of the adventures of these three books, there are still enough more unsolved problems to fill another set of three books.