5 Things About Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

February 17, 2017 Review 18 ★★½

5 Things About Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
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Narrator: James Fouhey, Phoebe Strole
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed
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.

eye roll

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.

not surprised


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.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.7

18 Responses to “5 Things About Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan”

  1. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    I’ve actually moved this book to my ‘Probably Shouldn’t Bother’ shelf but there’s something about the cover that keeps drawing me back to it. Unfortunately I haven’t really come across a review of it that really compels me to pick it up and reviews of the second book are an even bigger turn off. I guess this one won’t be for me, and I’m sorry it didn’t work for you either.

    Thanks for the honest review!
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    • Bec

      It is gorgeous, but the inside is not as amazing :/ I was hoping the second book would be received better but I haven’t seen any good reviews so I’m wondering if I should even try to continue.

      No worries :)

    • Bec

      This is the first novel of Jordan’s I’ve been able to read. I did want to read her other stuff some day but now I’m questioning that.

  2. Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter

    I almost picked this one up when it was on sale recently but I didn’t. I’m kind of glad I didn’t now. I’ve read a few good reviews about this one but a lot of people said they hated the 2nd one, so I didn’t bother. I don’t want to get invested in it and then be let down. Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy it very much. I love that cover and I think that is what keeps really pulling me in, but I will have to pass on this one.
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    • Bec

      The reviews of the second book are scaring me, I was hoping people would enjoy it more. It’s a shame the inside couldn’t live up to that cover :/

  3. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    Ah, I’m sorry you didn’t love this one, Bec!

    I usually don’t mind when romance appears in a book where I might not have felt like it was going to be a big deal as romance is something that I TEND to enjoy. Although there are times when I don’t like a specific romance.

    Overall I haven’t read many positive things about this book, but I would like to read more books with blind characters because supporting diversity is something that’s important to me so you never know. I might pick it up one day!
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    • Bec

      If I’m going to read a book with a heavy focus on romance, I have to be in the mood of it and/or like the couple

      It is interesting to see! The blind aspect was good, it was just other factors that let it down :/

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