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.
Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #2) by Helen Scheuerer
To be published on September 13th 2018 by Talem Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Heart of Mist ended on a clean note, if I may say so. From the beginning of book one I was under the assumption that the conflict was because of greed and a lust for power, however, as we fall into Reign of Mist, the book unearths a carefully woven web of deceit. Before I even started my expectations for Reign of Mist were something like Bleak, Henri, and Swinton joining forces to defeat King Arden and the mysterious Ines. While the political intrigue was exciting, I love the new twist Reign has taken on. Heart of Mist focused more on its characters but Reign of Mist is more about the social issues plaguing the continents.
On the run from King Arden, Bleak falls into the company of a group of rebels from the fabled Oremere continent. Here, she finds out more about the origins of The Mist, and her own history. Henri has travelled to the snowy continent of Havennesse where her Valian ways and rugged behaviour are no longer enough to fight the impending war. Swinton and Fiore accompany Princess Olena to Battalon, where she is to wed Prince Nazuri.
The character development is amazing in Reign of Mist; the anxious Bleak, the ruthless Henri, and stoic Swinton have reached their breaking point. My particular favourite would the amount of support women showed each other in this book, for example, how the Valians would help Bleak with her addiction. The women in this book do not fall into any tropes at all! It was refreshing for me to read; in fact, Helen Scheurer puts both male and female characters on equal footing, whether they are the fighters or not. She places her female characters in a situation that, to us, might seem at a disadvantage for them, only for the women to emerge triumphant, their strengths and support playing off of each other. One of the themes in Reign of Mist is, in fact, the value of trust.
Helen Scheurer’s book is packed with punches and lush descriptions. She captures the emotions of her character exceptionally well, shaping them painfully to their extreme circumstances. Indeed the author has created strong and kind characters; characters who are confused but brave, whose loyalty and motives tend to conflict. Everyone in this book is battling an internal conflict – Bleak’s alcoholism, Henri’s love for her people, Swinton’s fatherly instincts, Eydis’ fear and her duty, Dash’s confusion – and there are those characters whose intentions are never truly revealed. I love how Helen Scheurer took the time to make her characters relationships grow even in the midst of the war; it truly shows how much the author valued her characters emotions.
The different story lines of these characters are pushed by simple actions from the others. I enjoyed reading how the author would create a sort of “butterfly effect” to her plot.
Helen Scheuerer is a YA fantasy author from Sydney, Australia. Heart of Mist is the first book in her high fantasy trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles. It explores themes of identity, belonging, loyalty, addiction, loss, and responsibility.
Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit (www.writersedit.com), an online literary magazine and learning platform for emerging writers. It’s now one of the largest writers’ platforms in the world.
Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.
Helen is now a full-time author living by the beach.
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