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.
With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS
* A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy*
Fantasy you sneaky sexy beast you. I was never one for fantasy. Not that I didn't like it. I just never thought of it as something I liked. And then it happened. A lot of my most recent favorites have been of the fantasy variety. Can fantasy be my saving grace? I think it just might.
Reign of Shadows was laden with a lingo that gave me strange feelings of joy. I don't know what is about books where the characters have that Outlander, Reign, princely, kingly language that I just adore.
Fantasy books also tend to be lush with the most opulent settings. It's either decidedly bleak but written so descriptively that it sucks you in--or beautiful with lush lands, and high towers that make you want to crawl inside of the story. Writers tend to dig a little deeper in that area and I love it.
There's always something in the way that the scenery is written that I really love. Reign of Shadows had a lot of trees and darkness but I felt it like a shadow over me. The author did a good job of helping me to imagine the world in which the characters lived without overwhelming me.
And then there's the romance. The romance is typically forbidden and never easy. There's a lot of resistance, quite a bit of humor--and all of the feels. This love wasn't heavy in the feels department but the moments I did get hit me right where it mattered.
I started writing this review when I got to about 90% of this novel and now that I'm done...
HOLY CLIFFHANGER, BATMAN!
That ending got me like:
Sophie Jordan, you are an evil sneaky woman and I don't appreciate you making me feel like this. I do and I don't. I don't know what I am. And it's all your fault.
Now that I've got that out. I have to say I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't as action-packed as some people might like their fantasy--but it had that slow, you gotta wait for the next series buildup. And I don't even want to think about how far off that's gonna be.
Positives: Lush story telling, unique characters I rooted for. And a romance I'm anticipating.
Negatives: Not a lot of action. That's all.
"That mouth was my hell. I'd almost kissed it. Her."
"He tugged my hand down." "You don't need to hide from me. Especially not your lips how will I kiss them?"
"What does it look like? "His lips were on mine then, grazing the sensitive flesh while he rasped," "For everyday of my life, I will know. And I will mourn you."