Title: Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #2)
By: Helen Scheuerer
Published: September 9th, 2018
By: Talem Press
You can buy it HERE: Amazon
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.
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I want to thank the author, who has been so kind of provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, this book was everything I expected and even more, I’m super happy to have decided to continue with this trilogy because it only gets better. The growth of each of the aspects is extraordinary, from the world building, which has become much broader, to the characters development, who have proved to have more layers and be more complex than in the previous book. A pleasure to read a story like this one, I felt that I was watching a tv series at the height of something like GOT, AN INCREDIBLE WORK, that deserves much more love.
I’ll tell you shortly and very quickly as the book begins, I don’t want to do any spoilers so don’t worry if you haven’t read this book or the previous one.
Bleak ‘s now in a new and legendary place that seems uninhabited at first, but soon she realizes that not only are people living there, but they’re creating a resistance to fight for the greater good. Henri has decided to travel to Wildenhaven to ask for help from Queen Eydis, an old friend, on her fight against King Arden, but once there, Eydis will make shocking revelations to Henri.
Swinton and Fiore, on the other hand, are in Battalon fulfilling the mission that King Arden has ordered to them, which is to take care of Princess Olena, who’s there to marry Prince Nazuri.
Far in another kingdom, we have Dash, for whom soon things will change drastically and he’ll be struggling to survive.
This is one of those super solid sequels, I know that sequels have a reputation as being used like filled or used as bridges between the first book and the third one, but this for me, is a book that can’t be missed, with a lot of information and important moments. There’s not a moment that isn’t there just for being there but to further develop the plot, it’s very rich in content and revelations too. Besides being highly enjoyable from the first page, it’s also super easy and quick to read.
I really want to talk about the world building because I’m absolutely in love with how that has been developed in this book. I know that in my review of the previous book I said that felt like an introduction to something else since I felt we had only a little bit of everything but nothing touched in depth, well depth is what we have in this book, and that’s why I’m so happy with it. the world building is everything I wanted, we know a new place which had me VERY intrigued, and we go through more of the map. We know places like Wildenhaven that’s similar to Winterfell or something like that, adored that place, it’s mysterious, a little dark and magical too, it has great legends and it makes reading very atmospheric. Then we have Battalon which is a place located in the desert so the contrast between one place to another is real. All these changes between climates and landscapes make it very entertaining to read the book and follow the characters in their travels.
I’m still amazed at how much this book feels like a movie or a TV series, and I love that, you know when I mention that in general, it’s because I can visualize everything very clearly in my mind and I owe everything to the incredible writing style from the author who only improves and improves, I can’t wait to read the next book just to enjoy that aspect a bit more. The dialogues improved a lot, it was another thing that I didn’t like of the first book that much, but in this one, I managed to enjoy them, maybe because I was so deep in the plot itself that I didn’t focus much on that.
I’m very happy with the path that all the characters have taken, I think they have faced many challenges that have made them grow and I liked being part of that. I’ll talk just a little about the main ones as I usually do, although I can’t reveal much I’ll tell you in general terms what I felt and thought
Bleak has come a long way to get to where she is, at the end of the previous book we learned a little more about things related to her past and her identity but in this book we explore much more that topic, which I really liked, I must say that the outcome of everything is kind of obvious if you ask me, it was predictable for me, but still enjoyed it. The strength that she has gathered throughout her journey and her courage is really admirable, looking back, Bleak is definitely a new person now, and makes me happy for her. She has new goals and objectives and to read about her and her relationship with the other characters was very interesting for me. I didn’t like her very much in the first book, but in this one, I think that she finally found herself a bit more and ended up being a good main character.
I still have a strange relationship with Henri, on one hand, I love that she’s the strong and warrior woman who goes for everything and is willing to do anything for her people, but on the other hand, I can’t connect with her on another level, I feel that I like that this is a complicated character, it adds something more to the plot, but it’s not my favorite and sometimes it gets me a little bit mad, maybe it’s just her personality, it’s a super personal opinion, though. I really liked seeing her reaction to the huge revelation that this book has, I think that this will change many things in Henri’s life and it will make her think differently.
I still LOVE Swinton and Fiore, they’re my favorite couple, I really enjoyed their interactions, it’s obvious that they have developed a very strong friendship or at least a very unique bond, but there are still many secrets between them and that makes it a bit complicated, also with the King in the middle everything is very intense, even so, it’s one of my favorite dynamics to read about.
I appreciate that the author has decided to focus more on friendship in this book than in, for example, the romance, that’s refreshing and completely charming. Not only talking about these characters, though but also about others.
I’m discovering another facet of Swinton in this book, and I love that, I always thought it was a very interesting character, dark and disturbed but with a good heart and a fascinating past, and I still think so, I think every time he appears on the scene It gives the best, I can’t control my emotions with his story and I just need more!
The same thing happens with Fiore, I always find myself laughing like a fool when I read about him, I love him, I think he contributes a lot to the plot with his adventurous heart, but in the end, he’s there when is necessary and he has been responsible for very anticipated and great moments.
And then we have Dash, my poor little Dash, who has had to go through the most terrible moments during the book, he’s so sweet and so loyal, I love his personality. I think that this book is where this character develops most and is given a greater role. He must go through a very drastic change that will make him participate in unexpected situations and then things happen regarding his powers and his relationship with other characters that are gold.
And then we have thousands of characters more and I think that each one fulfills a good function and they make the plot continue moving, developing and growing marvelously. Characters such as Eydis, Ines, Casimir, Athena, Olena and more. All very well created.
We have an incredible incorporation that I should mention and that’s a kind of animal that’s a Teerah Panther, they’re basically giant panthers and OMG, I love these animals or creatures, whatever you want to call them, they’re so interesting, especially I adored Rion, who creates a very special bond with Bleak, it’s so beautiful, I just can’t.
I really liked the magic system, I think the author has been very smart in incorporating new Ashai to the equation and in this way infinite possibilities have been opened for the plot future. There’s a power, in particular, that seemed very original to me: one of them can steal years of another person just by touching it and in this way, he can prolong his own life, which I think is amazing Even so, I would like to know a little more about the Bleak’s power, I feel that I get it but I don’t know its full potential yet, but I know that now that the war is near we’ll soon find out.
The revelations are very good and I think that above all they’re done at the right time, some of them are predictable but you can still enjoy them, but there are many unexpected and surprising ones. We know more about the mist and its purpose, which is very interesting.
There’s a war coming, between our beloved characters and Ines, an evil queen ready to take all, and I’m terrified but at the same time excited to know what will happen in the last book. It will probably involve many feelings, but I’ll try to handle it. I know that the first book, although it was very entertaining and has very strong and solid points, wasn’t really shocking to me but this has certainly left me wanting for more, it’s a great job on the author and I’m really excited to read the conclusion. I highly recommend these books if you like high fantasy, it’s a very complete fantasy, has elements that you’ll surely enjoy, like a great world building full of realms to a very good magical system. But it’s also a very cultural book that shows different races and cultures coexisting for a greater good, which’s also very interesting. I recommend it a lot.