Title: War of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult: Fantasy
Publication Date: July 25th 2019
Amazon series link: https://www.amazon.com/Helen-Scheuerer/e/B0755BYFNF
Author website: http://helenscheuerer.com/)
My Rating: 5/5 stars
“War is coming. we cannot fight it alone”
War is here.
Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.
Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all.
But the search is a treacherous one – and it will push her to the very limits of endurance.
Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?
As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.
Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
I received the last book, War of Mist, from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Helen Scheuerer such a lovely person, and her fantasy series is amazing. Honestly, this review will probably be me gushing about this book. Also, this is the third book in a series. Please don’t read this if you don’t want to be spoiled for the first two books.
“I know, old friend. It seems we have much to learn of each other. That is a gift of life, no? A friendship that endures is never short of surprises.”
THINGS I LIKED:
- I adore Helen’s writing. I honestly was sucked right into the story and stayed hooked for all 500 pages. War of Mist might be my favourite book in the trilogy, and I think the entire series was wrapped up nicely.
- I loved how we get a glimpse into the Ines’, the villain’s, head. We get to know her past, her motives, her emotions and I think she makes for a good villain. She’s manipulative and cunning and fearful and flawed, and I enjoyed her as the villain of the story as she was a very interesting character. Her plan to rule was thought out and well-planned ad honestly she put so much effort into ruling over *the world*
- I actually adored the characters so much. Every single one of them has a special place in my heart, and I was so fearful for them with every decision they made because I just wanted them to be okay.
- The love the strange friendship dynamic Bleak has with everyone, from Henri to Sahara (uh is that her name?), to Dash and Fi and Swinton. I think the relationship the characters all had made me love this book more and seeing them all cross paths together was fun (despite the impending war ahead of them)
- Fi and Swinton’s brotherly moments were the best and I honestly love Fi so much. We also discover Fi’s past and it made me love him even more. I know he’s technically a side character but I 100% will read a book in his POV ahah. I don’t think I’ll ever get over these characters.
- We also get to learn a little more about Oremere’s history, which was left mostly a mystery before this book. They’ve suffered loss and it’s so sad to see their culture disappear during Ines’ reign.
- This book is FULL TO THE BRIM with twists and turns and I didn’t anticipate many of the events that happened. The book also gets darker and darker with each page as more secrets and mysteries are unravelled before our characters. There are sad moments, shocking reveals, betrayals and fear embedded into this story and wow I love it
- I also love the relationship Bleak has with her pet/friend panther, Rion. They’re so protective of one another that it’s so sweet and lovely.
- The last battle tore my heart out – war will always bring about loss, but I honestly nearly cried on the train when I read the scenes. Also the last scenes. Okay the ending as a whole made me sad. But it wraps up so well and I’m happy with the way it ended.
- You know what’s so good about this book? The character development. We first met Bleak as someone who was constantly drunk in order to drown out the voices in her head, but she’s not a warrior, a strategist who’s in control with her Ashai magic. Henri developed from a stoic, distrusting and cold warrior queen, to a warrior queen who is compassionate, listened to others opinions and opened up her heart to ideas that didn’t necessary concede with the Valian way. Swinton developed from a soldier who did whatever he was ordered, so one who stood his ground for his beliefs and protected the people he loved. Honestly, all the characters have grown in some way and it was such an adventure watching them develop into fierce warriors and working together.
- The epilogue really tied everything together and yes, that’s all I will say about that.
- The feminism in this book. There were so many fierce women in this book, as well as strong queens. I will adore this book forever because of it’s portrayal that women can be strong and warriors to.
“ ‘You’ll remember those things for the rest of your life. But don’t let them define you.’
Casimir raised a brow. ‘Who shared that wisdom with you?’
It was Bleak’s turn to huff a laugh. ‘Commander Swinton, of all people. A lifetime ago now.’ ”
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
- I wish the Ashai magic system was discussed and developed a bit more. I’m kinda confused about the magic, like what sort of magic can someone have, are there limits? (well we do know about an Ashai’s pressure point but that’s about it.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book, and the Oremere chronicles. When I first read Heart of Mist I did not expect to love it as much as I do now, and it’s a series that I would highly recommend you pick up, especially if you love high fantasy.
Have you read the Oremere Chronicles yet (which consists of Heart of Mist, Reign of Mist and War of Mist)? Are you planning to read it, if you haven’t?