ARC REVIEW: REIGN OF MIST BY HELEN SCHEUERER

Title: Reign Of Mist

Author: Helen Scheuerer

Pages: 536

Genre: Young Adult: Fantasy

Format: E-ARC

Publication Date: 13thSeptember 2018

My Rating: 5/5 stars

“Bravery is doing something despite being scared.”

Goodreads synopsis:

The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second instalment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles.

My review:

Thank you to Helen Scheuerer for sending me an e-arc of Reign of Mist in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Also, before reading this review, please read Heart of Mist, as this review may contain spoilers for it since it is the sequel to Heart of Mist.

Also, trigger warnings for torture and implied animal abuse.

Reign of Mist is probably one of the best sequels I have ever read. It’s action-packed, full of plot twists and is overall amazing. Helen has a way with words that hooks the readers and ensures that they are invested in the characters AND the story. And the cover is STUNNING!!

Reign of Mist Cover.jpg

“Beneath the shimmering fabrics and cosmetics, death smiled.”

THINGS I LIKED:

  • Normally, I find prologues boring, despite them being necessary to the background information, however Reign of Mist’s prologue was intriguing and I was already hooked and invested into the story – not that it was a huge surprise because I absolutely adore Helen’s writing
    • Fun fact: This was what I wrote down as I was taking notes for me review in regards to the prologue: “I wonder whose POV it’s in. Will we get to meet them?
  • Helen’s writing is beautiful and lyrical -> there are honestly so many amazing quotes in Reign of Mist. It’s also very descriptive, allowing for me to create vivid imagery of the places the characters visit, and how they look like.
  • ALL THE CHARACTERS!! We get to see more of old characters and we also meet new characters, and I loved them all. So, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, I’m only going to mention some of the characters we’ve already met in Heart of Mist
    • I loved Bleak even more in this story, and she definitely grows into a mature person, and demonstrates great leadership skills. She’s also very loyal and stubborn, and deeply cares for those she loves. Honestly, she’s an amazing character and I loved seeing her develop and learn in Reign of Mist
    • Henri makes an appearance in this novel too, and she’s just as badass, fierce and awesome as she was in Heart of Mist. Except, I feel like she’s softened a bit and is a lot less intimidating -> we get lots of chapters in her POV!! I was honestly so happy about that
    • We also see Fiore and Swinton again! For those of you unaware, Fiore is one of my favourite characters in this world, and I was so excited to see him again, and get few chapters in his POV. Swinton’s actions make sense, but I wished he was less fearful and loyal, and thought more consciously.
    • Also, Dash becomes a more prominent character in Reign of Mist, and a lot of his chapters in Heart of Mist started to make sense here.
    • Three new characters we get to meet and are super interesting are: Sahara, Eydis and Cassmir -> I’ve grown attached to them and if they get hurt I will cry
  • As you can probably already tell, there are LOTS of POV changes in this book. I usually hate multiple POVs, but Helen does it so well that I can’t help but LOVE it and wish for more chapters from different characters. Each character has a distinct voice, making it a lot easier to distinguish the main character of the chapter.
  • There are so many plot twists in this book, and majority of them, I did not see coming. JUST READ THISSSS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE HOOKED AND SHOCKED AND GO ON A ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS.
  • The story is action-packed and intense -> I keep saying “just one more chapter” but end up continuing to read because it’s so ENGAGING and I NEED to know what happens next. I was kept on edge for most of the second half of the book and could feel my adrenaline levels spiking.
  • I also adore Rion, who is mythical panther-like creature from Oremere, who is protective and loyal to Bleak. I actually love his pride and him, and am hoping that nothing happens to them
  • It’s obviously clear that I have completely fallen in love with this world and its magic. Can 2019 come soon, because I NEED the third book ASAP

“Not all wars were fought with blades and shields. Not all courage was was found in the heart of a battle.”

THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:

  • The cast is pretty large, and most had difficult names so sometimes I had trouble keeping track of who was who.
  • I think it would be nice to have a short summary of the key/important points about Heart of Mistat the start, because it did take me a bit to get into the story because I couldn’t remember a lot of what happened
  • I felt that the world building wasn’t that great, in terms of the culture of the 5 continents. We do get to learn about the history of Oremere, the 5th, lost continent, but I would have liked to see more about the culture of the other continents that our characters visited.
  • The ending… REIGN OF MIST ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER YOU GUYS *CRIES*. YOU ARE CRUEL TO US, HELEN. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK IN MY HAND IMMEDIATELY (Also, I’m joking. The ending was amazing and it definitely makes the reader want to know what will happen next. PLEASEEEE GO READ THIS SERIES!!)

Overall, Reign of Mist was an amazing sequel and will not disappoint. There are plot twists after plot twists, leaving the me shocked and hooked. This book also broke me out of my fantasy slump, and I’m so glad because I love fantasy and I wasn’t able to get into any fantasy novels until Reign of Mist. I apologise for the VERY long review, but it’s a long but wonderful book, and the series deserves all the love in the world!

love-stephanie


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