Title: Reign of Shadows
Author: Sophie Jordan
Date Started: February 15
Date Finished: February 17
Format: ebook from digital library
In a land that has been in darkness for the last seventeen years, lives a girl in a tower. Only she isn’t just any girl. She is Luna, the lost princess of the land of Relhok. She was born the night that the eclipse started, demonic creatures called the dwellers rose from the ground and the high chancellor to the King and Queen killed them both. Thankfully, two servants – Servo and Perla – were able to take Luna and escape into the Black Forest. She has lived there for the last seventeen years not able to leave the tower for fear of being killed despite her wishes of seeing the outside world. That doesn’t stop her though from trying and on one night when she does sneak out of the tower she comes across three people who fall into one of Servo’s traps and immediately bring down the dwellers.Despite Perla’s voice in her head telling her not to, she helps them and takes them back to the tower where everything she has ever known changes.
I seriously just finished this book and all I have to say about it can be summed up into this gif.
I’m sorry Ms. Jordan, but you can’t do that to my feelings! I should have known though since we were getting to the end that some sort of ‘OMG’ moment was coming. Anyway, before I get too far into things because this is a relatively new release I’m going to put up this disclaimer: PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU WISH TO AVOID SPOILERS!
So I thought for sure that this was just going to be another YA fantasy novel with a mysterious lost princess who has to somehow save the land. But I was SO WRONG. Sure, it starts off that way with Luna complaining about life in a tower and how she always wants something more, but then she runs into the group of three in the forrest and things get really interesting. One of the three, his name is Fowler and the name is fitting because he is fowl and mean and well, hard. He’s very pessimistic about the world because he’s been out in it and isn’t too happy that a girl saved him. It gets even better though when she walks in on him completely naked and doesn’t seem fazed at all. Why? Well, as it turns out, she’s freaking blind! I did not see that twist coming!
Of course, Fowler is intent to leave his two other charges behind so he can continue on to some mysterious island that is supposed to be a haven. But then, while Luna and Fowler are out collecting some sort of healing flower, the king’s men come upon the tower and drag everyone outside. The girl who was with Fowler is slaughtered before their eyes and that’s when Servo and Perla realize that Luna isn’t safe there anymore and charge Fowler with keeping her safe as they go to this island.
The two get really close – despite Fowler’s best intentions – on their journey and…. Well, I won’t spoil that for you guys, but let’s just say if you are real susceptible of getting attached to fictional characters and their relationships, you’re in for one hell of a ride with this book.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This book was good. There was a lot of action and more somber moments. But there are still a lot of blanks that I wish would be filled in and hopefully that will happen in the next book? Which comes out when, by the way?
Bookshelf worthy? The cover art is so pretty, but alas unlike the dwellers I don’t have some sort of secret hiding spot in the ground for more books!