Reign of Shadowsby Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on February 9th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Disclaimer right off the bat: I adore Sophie Jordan’s writing. I’ve read some of her romances and I like what she does with a romance. So it was about time I got to her more fantastical reads. It’s not like I already owned her Firelight and Uninvited series and just never got around to reading them yet. ∗Sigh∗ Story of every dedicated reader’s life, right?
So I really enjoyed Reign of Shadows. Told in alternating POVs, we first get the view of life for Luna. Luna lives in a tower deep in the rumored to be cursed Black Woods. She isn’t alone, though. She lives with Sivo and Perla, who serve as her guardians after her mother and father are murdered. While Perla is over protective of Luna, Sivo at least trains Luna in skills that she’ll need once Sivo and Perla pass on, skills like hunting and protecting her tower.
It’s when Luna comes to the aid of travelers in the woods surrounding her tower that we meet Fowler and get his POV. Because Luna and Fowler are so different from each other and have to reluctantly work together throughout the book that I think the dual POV is perfect for this story. You can see the turmoil and character growth from both sides, which I always enjoy in a book. Give me the guys POV and I’m happy as a clam.
The story is only 304 pages but at times it felt longer than that. It was when Luna and Fowler are walking in the woods. I’m not particularly big on “travelling” stories, especially if they’re walking. I think I was waiting for more to happen in the story but unfortunately,
I got dangled off the cliff at the end.
I had no expectation of that coming so I wasn’t properly prepared. I always hope for more closure in a story but unfortunately, I didn’t get it this time around.
I thought the writing was great. I liked the characters; they were well developed and explained. It’s my love of Luna and Fowler that made me keep reading and wanting to find out what happened with these two very awesome characters.
But my own hangups about story structure and dangling off cliffs made me hold back a little on the star rating. I’m sure other readers can over look my eccentricity.