by Sophie Jordan
Destiny and darkness collide in this romantic, sweeping new fantasy series fromNew 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.
Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
REIGN OF SHADOWS had a fascinating premise and a pretty cover so I was incredibly excited to start this new fairy-tale retelling fantasy.
This new duology starts off by following the story of Luna, a blind girl who lives in a hidden tower away from the kingdom of Relhok, who turns out to be the lost princess to the throne that was taken away by an evil chancellor. When Luna saves Fowler from death, they start their adventure, running away from the Relhok’s soldiers.
Luna and Fowler have such romantic and amazing chemistry. It felt like a Tahereh Mafi/Shatter Me romance, which I absolutely adored, with lots of gushy, romantic scenes and kissing. Jordan has a talent for writing beautiful, heart-wrenching scenes, and I couldn’t stop reading.
Even though Luna is blind, it’s as if she can actually see. She uses her other senses to tell the position of objects around her, and she is evidently able to run away from a full-grown, trained man. This aspect of the main character was something I haven’t read about before so this really interested me. Not only that, there’s so many different aspects in this fantasy novel that were complete original to me (such as a city in the trees!)
Overall, this novel was a fantastic fairy-tale retelling with lots of amorous scenes and a mind-blowingly amazing ending; I need the next book as soon as possible. This book is going to be one of my favorite books of this year, for sure. If you love fantasy and fairy-tales, definitely pick this one up!
Rating: 5/5 stars