Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

“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.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here again, with another review!

“The world was a merciless place. Hard and cruel. Except when you found someone to trust and love. Life, however fleeting, possessed meaning then.”

Stars (Out of 10): 5/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: While I liked portions of the book, and it definitely has potential for a great ending, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this first book. Parts felt kind of dull, and characters were kinda “eh” at points, but I did really like the entire concept of the novel, and am hoping for a good conclusion!

The Good: Interesting world, seems like there’s a lot more left to learn about it (and how the kingdoms work in the eclipse, etc.), and I really like the two main characters as well!

The Bad: Sometimes the characters weren’t consistent, and Luna changed for the worse for a portion of the book. In addition, some actions/events were just plain annoying and unplanned, and I felt like a bit more explanation of the world would be cool, since it has an apocalyptic feel to it, yet there are somehow still cities and kingdoms standing.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Characters: I did like Fowler and Luna, and how they worked together and changed each other, but sometimes they’re actions didn’t fit. Luna, while tough and independent at first, became more of weak, helpless thing while traveling with Fowler it seems, and the main part of her personality explored was her “charity” apparently. And while I did like the interesting fact that she was blind, and how the story used that at points, it felt unrealistic at other points.

The Plot: For the most part I really liked this, since not only did it bring Luna out into the world, and gave her and Fowler a quest, it did so without her running away from Sivo and Perla, and being incredibly cruel to them. Some parts were boring, as they were mainly just walking into a forest and randomly running into action, but the romance was cute, and the use of that action to help explain the world made it more interesting as well. However, the ending felt quite a bit rushed, and I’m still frustrated that Luna was naive enough to believe that giving herself up would do anything to fix things. (But the twist of Fowler being the king’s son was great, A++)

The World Building: There was definitely an interesting concept and world laid before us, and I hope book 2 explores that a lot more. We got the vital information, but I am still a tad in the dark on how the cities and towns function, and the dangers of the night, and why the eclipse happens (it happened before, yet nothing is known about the eclipse except it’s ‘there’?)
The Favorite Character: Fowler

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