I have something special to share today! I was chosen to participate on the blog tour for War of Mist by Helen Scheuerer. I am here today with a review for the final book as well as some of my favorite quotes. I also invite you to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for audiobook copies of War of Mist and Reign of Mist, open internationally for one lucky winner.
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The Book and its Author
War is here.
Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.
Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all.
But the search is a treacherous one, one that will push her to the very limits of endurance.
Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?
As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents; families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.
Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
After writing literary fiction for a number of years, Helen Scheuerer was inspired to return to her childhood love of fantasy thanks to novels like Throne of Glass, The Queen’s Poisoner, and The Queen of the Tearling.
Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit, an online learning platform for emerging writers. In its first year, Writer’s Edit reached thousands of new authors, and soon became its own small press, with Helen overseeing the production and publication of three creative writing anthologies. It’s now one of the largest writing websites in the world.
Helen now lives by the mountains of New Zealand and writes full time. She has many more books planned for the future.
Excerpt of the Prologue
"The king’s suite was dark but for a beam of pale moonlight streaming through the window. King Arden lay in the canopied bed, pale-gold beard tipped to the ceiling as he snored softly. Ines gazed at him with distaste from where she stood naked by the glass. He had cost her much in recent months. The fool had failed to detain Henrietta Valia and Alarise Thornton. He’d let the prizes slip right through his manicured fingers, too concerned with boasting of his minor victories to see what was happening beneath his own nose. The woman shook her head and turned to look out onto the dark castle grounds.
‘If you want something done right, do it yourself,’ she muttered under her breath. Her fingers toyed with the layered necklace resting against her collarbone, a pretty gift from the infatuated king. She was fond of this piece in particular, adorned with rare jewels from lands long forgotten. It reminded her of something her mother had worn so many years before. A piece she was meant to inherit, before they’d taken her and stripped her of all her rights and belongings. The order of the high priestesses allowed no effects, no personal property, but now … now she had many things to call her own.
Below, the castle maze sprawled across the grounds, and beyond the walls and gatehouse, the whole of Ellest bent to her will. It was all hers. She had taken it easily, as was her destiny. The instinct of the magic in her veins drove her to take and take, but it wasn’t enough. She wanted to add to her kingdom, her collection. The need to do so raged within her, a demand, a drive to fill the gaping hole in her chest.
Then, there were those who threatened to take away all she held dear now. Tonight, along with all the other nights, the thought of them, and what they were searching for, kept her from sleep. She had begun her own search for the item they planned to use against her. The maze, the armoury, the jewel vault had all proved fruitless, but earlier in the week, she’d had a breakthrough. The old library. She had felt its presence. Demanding solitude, she had locked herself away and combed through every volume the damn room held. Nothing. But she knew it was in there. And she would find it. Rheyah help the realm when she did."
Thank you to Helen Scheuerer for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review as part of this blog tour.
What a stunning conclusion to The Oremere Chronicles. I was blown away by this book, and I wholeheartedly recommend this series to anyone looking for their next great fantasy read. Incredible magic flourished alongside fierce warriors, making this action-packed novel a must-read.
I was especially impressed by the development of the characters alongside the plot. While I was reading, I never felt like the plot lagged behind while I was getting to know this massive cast of characters. They all had equal page time and the plot moved at a steady clip regardless.
Although I am partial to a good battle, of which there were plenty, the stars of the story truly are the characters. My favorites (no spoilers, promise!) are Henri, Bleak, and surprisingly, Swinton! Henri remains my favorite character and I still want to be part of her Valian Kindred. (in my defense, they're just so cool!) She was a fierce warrior, and yet learned from her mistakes and was a great leader to her people. When I met her, I thought she would be another manifestation of the standard "warrior princess" archetype, but I was entirely wrong. Henri had so much emotional depth and every time I opened a new chapter, I hoped I would read about the Valian Queen.
Everyone knows that I'm always on the side of the first POV character, and that here would be Bleak. Her progress through this series was remarkable, and I'm glad Scheuerer touched on her path as a recovering alcoholic who could fight and use magic and who wasn't cast aside. I also loved the bond between Bleak and Rion. Their almost-telepathy and emotional senses were awesome, and I loved reading the scenes where they journeyed together. I'm always a sucker for a good human-big cat friendship.
Swinton is more likable than I ever imagined. He has so much depth in him, and by the end I felt like I really knew him. His path in this last book included several very powerful moments, especially between him and his father, that were very touching. I couldn't believe that I liked him this much after how I felt during the first book. As his view of the realms changed, so did my view of him.
Speaking of the realms, my only wish for this book would be that we got to explore more. My favorite parts of the books were when characters would arrive in a new land and get used to the environment and adapt to its demands. All of the continents in the realm had distinguishing qualities, and my reader dream is to see more historical details about the kingdoms, such as their different strengths, and how their peoples adapt to challenge. However, none of this was a problem, and I definitely knew the kingdoms well enough for the story to progress, so it remains a pipe dream.
Overall, I give War of Mist 5/5 stars for its beautiful story and characters. Below, I have created graphics for some of my favorite quotes from the book. I didn't provide context, so I hope you all read the series to find out! Enjoy!
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