In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.
But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.
The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.
I’m very lucky to be one of the stops of the Heart of Mist blog tour! The first thing that I want to point out about this book is how beautiful the cover is. I know we’re not meant to judge books by their covers, but it was one of the first things that attracted me to it. That, coupled with how good the synopsis sounded, made me want to dive right in.
When I did begin to read, I was not disappointed. The opening is exciting and left me wanting more, and making me have to read on, which is always a good sign when you’re only a couple of pages into a book. The plot is fast-paced, which I liked. I always try and finish a book, but when it takes absolutely ages to get into I do struggle. I felt on edge a lot of the time I was reading this, just because I didn’t know what to expect next!
I do want to mention that there is alcoholism in this book. Bleak, the main character, drinks a lot to cope with her troubles, so if that’s a trigger for you, I would keep it in mind before picking up this book. Personally, I thought that it was an interesting topic to include, and one that is not often seen in YA, so to have an issue like this be a part of the story intrigued me.
Now, onto characters! I liked the main character, Bleak, but she did annoy me at times. She seemed a little whiny to me, and I just didn’t connect with her very much. Like I said, though, I did like her and I respect that she was able to take responsibility for her mistakes when she made them. Fiore, however, I loved! He was brilliant, and the only character that I connected with. There were others that I liked, but Fi was my favourite.
I loved the world that Scheuerer created, and I think that the way she writes is great. The plot kept me interested throughout the whole book and I’m looking forward to the next one. Overall, I give this book 4 stars.
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