Review: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)

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'm sure that the second book in this series will be absolutely action-packed, but Reign Of Shadows was 300 pages of set up. I loved the world set up in this series - the darkness engulfed world and the mysterious princess who has been hidden away for years and has just learnt of her true heritage. it was an attractive concept, but unfortunately this book was just a set up, it didn't have any of the action.

I struggled with Luna as the main character - she was so naive, made stupid decisions and I couldn't connect with her. She didn't come across as a strong protagonist, though Jordan was trying to make it so by giving her the enhanced senses that she did have but that wasn't enough for me. As for Fowler, he was very gruff and rough, but I did actually like him, he was heroic and caring in his own way. The relationship was okay, but I wasn't particularly cheering for it.

The main problem that I had was that this world was developed but nothing was explained. What are the Dwellers? What happened with the eclipse? I don't understand why a full length book left so many things unexplained.

Overall, I will read the second as I love the way it's been set up and I want some answers, but don't go into Reign of Shadows expecting something super exciting and action packed - you will be let down.

Book released February 9th 2016 by Harper Teen
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review

1 comment

  1. This sounds disappointing, which is a shame as I've read and liked other books by this author. I think I will wait to hear if the series gets better before I try it myself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts


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