Narrator: James Fouhey, Phoebe Strole
Length: 8hrs, 20min
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Series: Reign of Shadows #1
Genres: Fantasy, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Zombies
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.
Once upon a time I tried to read REIGN OF SHADOWS and didn’t get past the first chapter because of boredom. I decided to give it another go and actually managed to finish it, however my reading experience wasn’t fantastic. I just couldn’t bring myself to care for some of the characters, and there were so many cliched lines.
There were 3 things I thought were great
The best things for me in this book were the creepy zombie creatures (dwellers), the wolf (a potential animal companion!) introduced at the end, and the fact that Luna, the main character, is blind! Her blindness isn’t exactly a spoiler (it’s revealed early on) and something I’m surprised they didn’t use to promote the book. It was interesting seeing how she navigated and described the world without the advantage of sight.
Sappy romance I just couldn’t care about
Unless I’m in the mood for this type of romance, I rarely manage to enjoy it (usually I will read contemporaries for pure romance). Actually even if I do feel like reading romance, I can’t deal with sappy relationships. Even though this is a slow burn romance and there is no instalove, I struggled to get behind it. I rolled my eyes at so many of those cliche sappy lines exchanged between Fowler and Luna.
There’s a massive cliffhanger (not the type I like)
The most frustrating thing is books ending right as the characters jump into danger. Mid battle is bad enough (some books can pull that off though), but literally jumping into danger on purpose themselves then fading to black is so much worse. REIGN OF SHADOWS did just that and it annoyed me a lot. It was right after a big reveal, and then the characters go jumping into a situation where they probably would die, except you know they don’t because there’s an entire second novel and it’s predictable.
I predicted all the twists
Yet another thing that added to my lack of enjoyment. I predicted all of the major twists, particularly the character twists, early on in REIGN OF SHADOWS. Nothing surprised me at all. Every plot point I expected from this type of story happened at some point in time. This didn’t make it much of an exciting read.
REIGN OF SHADOWS wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. My thoughts on it are mostly that it’s okay. I’d recommend this one for fans of fantasy/ post apocalyptic novels with a relatively big focus on romance.