Publishing Date: February 9th 2016
**An advanced readers copy of this book was provided for the purposes of this review**
This is a book about a princess who’s parents are killed at the same time that a (seemingly never ending) eclipse throws the entire kingdom of Relhook into darkness and her struggles to survive. I was so excited to read this book, after enjoying the Firelight series so thoroughly. It was okay, but seemed to have more backstory than was really necessary and had some elements that I didn’t really understand. One of these things was the plot structure, everything seemed to happen in a matter of days, with a ton of backstory in the beginning and the end seemed to come in no time at all . Overall, I would have to say I was disappointed in this particular book. The climax was just a twist in the plot that I completely overlooked. That’s how insignificant it seemed. She did, however, end the story leaving you wondering what was going to happen in the sequel, though it seemed more like she wrote for months and then just flipped back to a random page and decided it was going to be rewritten to fit the end of the first book than it seemed like it was actually a planned event. Hopefully Sophie Jordan will have filled out the story and have added a new plot twist or two in the officially released version. I doubt it, but hey… A girl can dream right?
On a side note: The main character is blind, and I absolutely loved her and Sophie Jordan for bringing her to life. I imagine it wasn’t easy writing a book and not being able to rely on color and sight for accurate descriptions..
Destiny and darkness collide in this romantic, sweeping new fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan.
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.
With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
Reviews by others:
“Effortless fantasy with high romance, REIGN OF SHADOWS keeps you intrigued until the final sentence.” (RT Book Reviews)
“Star-crossed romance smolders.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Set in a dark, petrifying world of nightmares, and chock full of harrowing action, swoon–worthy romance, and a compelling, formidable pair of protagonists, REIGN OF SHADOWS was a thrill ride from start to finish!” (Sarah J Maas, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series)
“There’s more than blindness to Luna, and her sightlessness is authentically depicted as an advantage at times and a vulnerability at others. This will appeal to readers drawn to romance.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“An exciting and unique fantasy, full of suspense and romance.” (Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author)
About the Author:
Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.