Title: Reign of Mist
Author: Helen Scheurer
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult
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.
Content Warnings: Violence, alcohol abuse, recovery from addiction
Have you ever wanted to throw a book at the wall – not because you hated it, but because you couldn’t believe that that was where it ended?
That’s how I felt about Reign of Mist.
I already read and reviewed Heart of Mist here, and, as you’ll know if you’ve read it, I deeply, deeply enjoyed Helen Scheurer’s debut novel. She takes it to the next level with the sequel, Reign of Mist, which answers a ton of questions posed by Heart while also asking a whole host of new ones.
Be warned! Spoilers abound for Heart of Mist!
The characters we were introduced to in Heart are scattered all over the realms, unsure of what to do and who they can trust. Bleak herself finally lands on the lost continent of Oremere, abandoned, alone, and injured. She’s discovered by a group of Oremerian rebels trying to overthrow the evil queen Ines, who we met at the end of Heart of Mist, and who we find out is slowly spreading the tentacles of her influence across the realms. Leading the rebels is a character who’s been hinted at since the first book, and whose reappearance will have quite the impact on a certain society of warrior women…
Speaking of warrior women, we find Queen Henrietta Valia, recently escaped from King Arden’s clutches, in the far-off frozen land of Havenesse, enlisting the aid of Queen Eydis, her army, and her (!!!!!!!) sled dogs. (Yes, the sled dogs are very important.) She’s also reunited with her Valian kindred, not to mention a certain redheaded second-in-command who seems to be hiding a secret.
Fiore Murphadias (or Murpah-dat-ass, as Zia so eloquently puts it) on the other hand is back in his homeland of Battalon, along with Commander “I Am a Massive Jackass and Have No Loyalty” Swinton (sorry not sorry), escorting Princess Olena to her betrothed, the Crown Prince Nazuri of Battalon. But even there, Olena remains the spitfire sassmaster princess we saw in the previous book, keeping her correspondence with Dash, the stable master’s son, who shows signs of being Ashai himself.
War is brewing, and Reign of Mist sets the stage and positions the players. We also discover a little bit more about Bleak’s mysterious past, and how integral she is to overthrowing the false queen that sits on the throne of Oremere. This book takes its readers on one hell of a roller coaster ride, leaving you breathless and wanting more.
Everything that I loved about Heart of Mist is present in this heart-stoppingly good sequel, and amped up to an intense factor. Best of all, we’re introduced to new facets of Helen Scheurer’s writing. We already know from Heart that she’s amazing at world-building and writing relatable characters. In Reign, we see that Helen can write conflict and war and action-packed scenes, and that she’s capable of creating some truly excellent villains (put your hands in the air if you absolutely despised King Arden even more than you already did!).
Reign just kept building up to a climax that was, in the end, utterly robbed from me. Suffice it to say that the book ends on a cliffhanger that’s left me screaming and clamoring for the third book (which I know Helen has already finished – congratulations, and I can’t wait to read it!).
I can’t talk as much as I’d like to about this masterpiece without giving away key elements of the plot, but suffice it to say that Helen’s Oremere Chronicles just keep delivering, and I cannot wait to see how she wraps it all up in the third book!
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