Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Genre:  YA Fantasy
Expected publication date:  February 9, 2016

Description (taken from Sophie Jordan's website):
A world of darkness. A love that shines.
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness, and in the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, the kingdom’s lost princess, has been locked away in a tower in the cursed Black Woods ever since. Luna’s survival depends entirely on the world believing she is dead...
But that doesn’t stop Luna from longing for a life beyond the stifling tower walls. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer who has braved the Black Woods in search of a land where the sun still shines, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk.
When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is far more treacherous than Luna ever realized. Hideous, flesh-hungry creatures lurk behind every corner and each stranger they encounter has frightening ulterior motives.
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.

Luna has spent her entire life sheltered behind a tower's walls.  Raised by a lady's maid and a hunter, she's known who she is and why she must remain in hiding.  For the world is always dark, and there are more than just monsters out there looking for a kill.  But she's ready to go out into the world.  There has to be more to life than trying to avoid the monsters.  And when she meets Fowler, he helps her leave the walls behind.

Fowler is convinced there is a land that isn't covered in eternal darkness.  And he offers to take Luna there.  But as they continue on this path, secrets begin to unravel.  And the new king has executed an order that may endanger their plans.  When secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested, will Fowler and Luna still help each other in a world of darkness?

This book has a nice fairy-tale ring to it without really pulling from one singular fairy tale.  There are a lot of unique pieces to the story and some secrets aren't revealed just yet.  But you do have the classic love story unfold; I mean what did you expect?  Overall, it's a good beginning.  But there better be more coming...

I think Sophie Jordan fans won't be disappointed.  It's a fun and quick magical read to get through.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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