Hey everyone! So we are back for another Author of the Month and for the month of February the author is Sophie Jordan! I’m so sorry I haven’t been reviewing lately! I’ve been so busy with school and work that I haven’t had a chance to do much! I’ve been reading a bit, mainly audiobooks, and a little bit before and between classes.
Anyways, so I heard awesome stuff about Reign of Shadows last year when it came out and I finally read it this past December and I loved it! Probably one of my top reads last year! And I received an ARC of Rise of Fire recently and I finished that in a little over day.
So down below I am going to be posting the summaries and reviews for both books! As well as some links for her.
Okay here we go!
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Summary: When an eclipse throws the Kingdom of Relhok into darkness, an evil chancellor kills the King and Queen, leaving newborn Princess Luna an orphan and on the run. Hidden in a tower, she is safe, and learns to adapt to her surrounding and survive. Then she meets Fowler, and her life is thrown off course. When she and Fowler have to escape the tower after it’s attacked, Luna realises that the world is more dangerous that she thought, and that the secrets they’re both hiding from each other can change the course of everything.
Review: Wow! I loved this book so much! It was just…a treat! I had never read her other books before but they are on my Nook, so this really was just a great introduction to her work. It was interesting, the world was fascinating, the characters were complex, and just overall I felt it was a really cool story. It is a young adult retelling of Rapunzel, which made it unique in my opinion, because there aren’t many Rapunzel retellings that I am aware of at least. And so far, this retelling is my favorite!
You meet Luna, who lives with her guardians Sivo and Perla, and she’s blind. So it was interesting sort of reading things from her point of view. Her blindness didn’t make her vulnerable, it made her deadly. She knew how to protect herself, she caught on to things that other people in the story might have missed. It was great because it really brought forth the message “don’t underestimate anyone, because they can surprise you”.
Fowler was a really cool dude, I liked reading this POV in the story, and overall he was just top notch! He was smart, tough, and I just adored him! I liked how understanding he was with Luna and her blindness; and how at times when she couldn’t understand something he was describing, he would try his best to figure out another way to get what he was saying across. It was just really interesting to see his tough exterior sort of break down as he got to know Luna and as they travelled together.
But let me tell you…that plot twist towards the end just…wow! It wasn’t really a plot twist as it was a revelation! And let me tell you it was a huge one! At least for me it was! I never saw it coming and I thought it really brought a lot of interesting factors into place for the story.
Overall I really enjoyed my reading experience with this book, and I highly recommend it! Try it out at least! I have a feeling you’ll really like it, especially if you like fantasy and retellings!
Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan
Summary: I can’t give too much away but it continues on after Reign of Shadows ends. Luna and Fowler are taken as hostages to the neighboring kingdom of Lagonia and end up being used as bargaining chips in an effort to unite the kingdoms.
I just loved this duology and I’m so sad it’s over! Once again Luna stunned me so well with how capable she was in this novel. She held her own and I just love her chraracter and her role in everything. She showed so much bravery when she jumped after Fowler and the dwellers.
Fowler, poor Fowler. He was out of commission for most of the book. But I think the best part was his need to protect her even after how sick he gets. He does his best to make sure she’s safe, even though he knows she can handle herself. I just thought it was so cute that he felt he had to do that for her. You kind of see a different side of him I think; because in book one he was all tough and closed off, but in this book he’s more open and willing to let himself really feel things more, which I throughly enjoyed!
I liked all the political drama kind of stuff that was going on, it made it really interesting and added to all that was going on. Going along with the drama, you meet new characters! Maris, the King’s daughter and betrothed to Fowler, and Chasan, the King’s son. As well as the King, Tebald. He was sort of an interesting character, mainly because of his background with Luna’s family. He was also very cruel, and a tad creepy. Maris was just so annoying! I hated her! She was so selfish and shallow. And also kind of creepy if I’m being honest! She would obsess over how even though she barely knew him, she was so excited to start their life together and get married. It was just awkward! But seeing at how creepy her dad was, I wasn’t surprised she was like that! Chasan was someone I hated at first, and later grew to like. He was rude and closed off, and as you got to know him he started to open up and you saw more of his personality and who he really is.
Overall I highly recommend this series! I loved the books, the plot, the characters, the drama, and the world! It was interesting, as well as fun and quick! You’ll fly through these books in a matter of hours!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read these books and your thoughts as I would love to know!