Book Review: Reign of Shadows

Posted March 31, 2016 by Maryam in book review / 7 Comments

Book Review: Reign of ShadowsReign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperCollins on February 9th 2016
Genres: young adult, romance, fantasy
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Destiny and darkness collide in this romantic, sweeping new fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan.
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.

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.

Okay, this book was really so good. SO SO GOOD. Is it by any chance a retelling of Rapunzel? Because that’s what the story sounds like, to be honest. Either way, Reign of Shadows was better than I ever imagined it to be.

Reign of Shadows started out slow, but it immediately increased its pace after you finally figured out everything. It took awhile, but when you figured out it all, the book becomes better. And WOAH, this book was really amazing, I loved it. Luna was someone that I wanted to be, aspire to be. She was awesome and humble at the same time. She knew how to live in the dark, and at the same time, still have hope for the light.

I loved the world-building. I loved how unique it seemed and the fact that it was intense and scary. There were this scary bats-like monsters called Dwellers, and people who meet them don’t live to tell the story, because they tear you apart, literally. *shudders*

This book was very descriptive, but it wasn’t a chunk load full of information either. In fact, the book was so detailed that you can imagine every scenes, thanks to the sounds and smell surrounding the whole book.

I love love love the romance surrounding this whole book. Luna and Fowler were really cute together, and it would actually shock you to know who both of them are in the end. The blurb said that this book was about star-crossed lovers and I kid you not, it’s true. And it was heartbreaking and bittersweet, AND THAT ENDING KILLED US ALL.

I mean, I definitely need the next book right now, and I’m kinda sad that I would have to wait another year for the next book. ANOTHER YEAR. GAH.

“The world was a merciless place. Hard and cruel. Except when you found someone to trust and love. Life, however fleeting, possessed meaning then.”

7 responses to “Book Review: Reign of Shadows

  1. This sounds perfect! The cover first caught my eye (it’s so beautiful!!), but I’ve read so many good reviews too. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and I really hope I get to it soon! I’m not a huge fan of romance (that’s kind of what you want when you read a retelling though! ;), but I still think I will enjoy it. I love fantasy too! 😀

    Denise | The Bibliolater
    PS I think it is a retelling of Rapunzel! ♥
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  2. I’m so, so torn about reading this one. I’ve tried to read many Sophie Jordan novels but come away disappointed every time. But this one sounds so interesting and that cover is beautiful!

    It worries me a bit that it is descriptive–I tend to get bored with wordy books.

    *Sigh* I dunno about this one BUT fabulous review!

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