Book #1 of the Reign of Shadows series
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: February 2016 by Harper Teen
Acquisition: received an ARC at ALAMW 2016
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.(from Goodreads)
5 / 5 Stars
Lots of love for Reign of Shadows!
Starts out with a lot of mystery right off the bat. The eclipse, Luna's seclusion, the curse of the Black Woods - it's all shrouded in intrigue and it's all fabulous.
Everyone has secrets and it's this perfect combo of discovery and adventure that drives the story forward.
I pretty much couldn't put it down.
Luna is an awesome character. She is very sure of herself and very confident and I loved the fact that when she does waiver, it's realistically. At some many points she could have broken down and played the role of damsel needing rescue - but this doesn't happen.
Oh, and Fowler? Loved! He's very unique and you can tell his secrets are eating him up but even though he pushes his aloofness in your face, you can tell there is so much more going on in his head.
And that ending!
Cliffhanger light? Yeah, let's go with that.
Something is revealed and wow - I didn't see it coming!
Cannot wait for book 2! It's a wishlist must own!