Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Reign of Shadows
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Reign of Shadows “This tower isn’t my fate.”

This was an interesting YA fantasy, with a couple of twists that made it a little more special.

Luna was a strong character, and the way she coped with her disability was admirable, if maybe a little unrealistic? (highlight to view spoiler - how does a blind person manage to run through the forest without hitting a tree or tripping over something? Is this just me being an idiot? Can blind people really do that? )

The storyline in this was about Luna leaving her tower, which really reminded me of Rapunzel – is this supposed to be a retelling? Whilst we have an almost permanent eclipse, and weird creatures which try to eat anything that moves roaming around. We got very little in the way of explanation as to what these creatures were, or why there was a permanent eclipse, and the plants seemed to not do too badly considering that they only got 1 hour of daylight a day – is that reasonable though? Could plant-life really continue to support life if it could only photosynthesise for 1 hour a day? And wouldn’t there be a build-up of carbon dioxide and a decrease in the amount of oxygen available because of this? And if they live mainly on meat, well what does the meat eat? (I really don’t think this world stands up to modern science).
Anyway, the story was fairly enjoyable once you ignored all these questions, and the romance happened fairly slowly.

The ending however was a giant cliff-hanger! I didn’t even realise this was a series until I got to this point, so it was a bit of a shock really!

6.5 out of 10

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