“The mist is coming, and with it comes a power so hungry for magic, it threatens the whole realm. Something must be done. Or in time, all will be lost.”
Summary from Goodreads
The realm’s darkest secret is out.
The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.
On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.
Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.
But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.
Publication Date: 13 September
Publisher: Talem Press
The sequel to the amazing Heart of Mist is a story of power, magic, and hope. This is a story about the desire to rule, dangerous thirst for power and doing anything to get it. This is a story about the evils that lurk in human hearts. This is the story about Reign of Mist.
Reign of Mist begins with Bleak arriving in the forgotten Oremere. She meets an unexpected character in the home that feels so familiar but she has no memory of the life she lived there. Bleak learns about her past and her destiny. She becomes friends with a teerah panther, a fierce creature believed to be extinct and joins a group of rebels.
Meanwhile Henri arrives in the winter kingdom and reunites with Queen Edyis, her childhood friend to seek help with the war King Arden is threatening against her people sparked by the corrupt nature of royal politics and power. Olena is quite possibly my favourite character. Everyone underestimates her and that is their mistake. I can’t wait to see more of her.
I was insanely excited to read the sequel because Heart of Mist literally left me hanging on the edge of a cliff. Helen has created amazingly intricate characters that leave. Characters that we love and sympathise with as well as characters we do not like. Once again the multiple perspectives were clear and not confusing at all which is my biggest pet peeve with multiple POV in novels.
One thing that stood out for me is that this is a high fantasy novel with female characters at the lead. Actually, writing this review forced me to think about my own prejudices about “strong women” in fantasy novels. I wanted to focus my review on how strong the female characters in Reign of Mist are but I caught myself because they’re doing the same things that I’ve seen so many male leads in fantasy do.
We’re only just starting to see positive portrayals of women in fantasy. When someone says Strong Men in Fiction who do you think about? Every male lead character ever written right? Because male characters aren’t coded as “strong”, the fact that they’re the lead in a high fantasy automatically places them there. So why isn’t that the same for every non-male character? Why do non-male characters have to possess certain characteristics (ability to endure pain, physical strength, non-feminine, etc.) to be considered strong? Helen Scheuerer’s story challenges this tired stereotype.
Overall Reign of Mist blew me away just like Heart of Mist did. I don’t know if this has been said before but I’m getting serious Game of Thrones vibes.
Some Of My Favourite Quotes
“In the golden light of dawn, the sight of Havennesse took Bleak’s breath away.”
“Maybe, just maybe, if they survived what was to come, she’d bring him here. Somehow.”
“She missed the whisper of magic from her ancestors, the thrum of their power pulsing through the living bridges.”
“I didn’t believe I belonged with my people. I didn’t believe I belonged anywhere.”
“I’ve come to believe that all memories are jaded. Even yours.”
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