Trianes Son Learning (Bitter Moon Saga #1 2/2), Amy Lane
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, LGBT (B)
Length: 324 pages
Purchase At: Harmony Ink, amazon.com (coming soon)
Part of the Bitter Moon Saga, Triane’s Son Learning is the second half of Book #1. The themes and content of this book are more mature then the first and, as such, it has been classified by Greedy Bug as New Adult. The review for Triane’s Son Rising, the first half, can be found here. It is highly suggested that you read the other review first, as this one will seem like a load of gibberish if you don’t. You were warned.
***WARNING: The following review contains spoilers.***
“Spending the Samhain break at home in Eiran had been lovely.”
Triane’s Son Learning picks right up where the first part of Book #1 left off, with Torrent and Aldam spending their first break from university with their family, back home in Eiran. Upon their return to school things in general take a turn for the worse; the university and surrounding countryside starts to be raided and corrupted by the taint of Goddess hate emanating from Clough.
This part of the saga takes place over a period of approximately 8 years, and in it we see Torrant grow into a respectable young man, with the help of his friends. As discussed at the end of the previous volume Torrant and Aldam intern as healers in the Old Man Hills. It is here that they discover the effect Clough is having on it’s neighbours, with the brutal subjugation of those with the Goddess’s Gifts, as well as all women.
The Moon clan grows with the addition of Aylan and Trieste, introduced in the previous book, and the actions they start taking alongside Lane Moon and his brood gives hope that there are some fighting this plague of bigotry and ignorance.
Family (A.K.A. Why I Loved This)
Torrant learns and grows by leaps and bounds over this book’s eight year period, and he is still going to be a character that I remember for a good time into the future. He is doggedly flawed in wanting to take on Rath’s plague by himself, only stopped by desperate intervention from his family. Over the course of this book Torrant learns to truly depend on others, primarily Aylan.
Also at risk is his relationship with Yarri. The pair have been destined to be together throughout the series but the pressure and responsibilities weighing upon Torrant are threatening to drive them apart. Even though he does fail in his previous vow of celibacy (having two other partners over this period) he remains dedicated to the love of his life and will never let her be hurt by his mistakes and battles. His overarching sense of duty in waiting for her to grow is highly respectable and commendable.
Trieste & Aylan
This pair were introduced late in part one and did not have much of an impact. Characteristics they had subtly shown in their brief cameo were fully realised in this part of the saga, and as time wore on they became more integral to Torrant’s survival.
I came to deeply respect both Trieste and Aylan through this book, with their purpose in life being questioned multiple times, just for them to realise that their true destiny is to help Torrant on his quest. The devotion and sacrifice they go through to guard and educate their friend was wonderful.
Triane’s Son Learning feels like it is the much darker and mature brother of it’s first half, and I immensely enjoyed this. I felt the darker tones were beautifully used to show how Rath’s poison was sweeping over the lands.
My honest belief is that if the author had not done so, the book would not have such a great impact on the reader. I commend her for this, as it shows the levels to which hate and violence, against those who are different, can sink if left unchecked.
Bitterness (A.K.A. What Held it Back)
When this saga was first published, parts one and two of the first book were joined. It is my belief that they were split due to the sheer length (total is about 600 pages) which I felt was entirely justified given the younger target demographic of this publisher. Upon finishing Triane’s Son Rising I did not have a problem with this cut; however, after reading this part, I do believe it could have been done better.
In separating this volume the book has, in essence, been transmitted into two new, separate books. The first volume worked well as a standalone story, with good pacing and a sufficient conclusion. Triane’s Son Learning has an excellent conclusion which tied in well with the two books as a whole; the beginning of this volume suffered greatly, though. You pick up the story exactly where you left off, with the feeling that you’ve simply turned the page and are going at the exact same pace. I did not find this part enjoyable as it felt awkward and clumsy to read for the first quarter.
With the same treatment being given to Book #2 I sincerely hope better care is given to how each separate volume acts on it’s own.
Triane’s Son Learning is a wonderful conclusion to the first volume of the Bitter Moon Saga. The themes are darker, leading to an even more exciting adventure than the first half provided, and, given how exciting that was, this is really saying something. Apart from it’s awkward start this book has no faults in my eyes, and I truly look forward to the next part with great anticipation, having been treated to an exhilarating ride thus far.
“And still the family stayed out in front of their home, with their back to the sea, and watched the empty road ahead of them.”
This book was provided by Harmony Ink in return for a honest review.