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Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Where I Got It: Amazon
One Line Thought: Beautiful cover, disappointing insides.
Page Count: 293
Release Date: 9th February 2016
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Reign of Shadows is a Rapunzel retelling in a world that is constantly dark. When Luna was born, light disappeared from the world and she had to go into hiding, as being the last princess, she needs to survive and for this to work, the world has to believe she is dead. Now, 17 year late, Luna wants more and when she stumbles across a strange boy, Fowler, she soon realises that the Outside isn’t all she believed it to be.
This book was disappointing and I guess that serves me right for buying it purely based on the cover, but look at it, who can blame me? I liked the unique idea of the world of darkness and I liked that the main character was blind, since that added a whole new layer to this story. Ultimately the idea of this story was great and held so much potential that just never came to fruition and in the end, this book is just an over-glorified walk in the forest. It felt too much like a post-apocalyptic book and not enough like a fantasy.
This book was extremely repetitive, with Luna going over the same thoughts over and over again, adding nothing to the story. The character had a bad case of insta-love and at times it was just cringe. The thing I didn’t like the most about this book was that nothing happened either, it was just our two main characters going for a walk in the woods. It felt like the first half of an incomplete book since the story seemed to pick up and go somewhere interesting on the last page only. I am thinking of reading the sequel mainly cause I brought it at the same time I brought this one but also because I am curious. I believe this book could have done so much better as a stand-alone, instead of a duology, and I want to read the sequel to see if these thoughts stand true.
It was a quick and easy read but I can’t say that it is worth it. It held so much potential and I’m gutted that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped.
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