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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Book Title: Reign of Shadows
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Survival of the fittest doesn’t even come close to describing the world Luna lives in. It’s harsh, unforgiving, and completely changed since the way it used to be before she was born. Thrust into a world right as chaos and darkness descended, Luna’s life from the time she’s a baby until she becomes a teenager closely resembles that of Rapunzel. Although not locked away in a tower with an evil witch watching over her, Luna does live in a tower with the only family she’s ever known: her guardians Sivo and Perla.
o Luna: This is honestly the first YA book (or any book for that matter) that I’ve read that featured a protagonist who cannot see. Not only that, but Reign of Shadows proves just how wrong our society views people with disabilities. Despite our better judgement, I think many of us can admit to viewing those with disabilities as being helpless and frail. Luna is a wonderful representation of just how capable a person can be in spite of the hand they’ve been dealt. And for Luna, who was born without sight, it’s not as if this hinders her in any way. In fact, one of my favorite aspects about Reign of Shadows was that Luna’s inability to see actually fared better for her in this world. It made her other senses stronger, such as her ability to hear and smell things from far away. In a dark forest full of dangerous creatures, such as the dwellers that eat humans alive or take them underground, Luna’s heightened senses save her (and those with her) on more than one occasion.
o Fowler: Even though their initial encounter is anything but pleasant, I knew Fowler and Luna would grow to become friends over time (and I might have hoped for even more, but that could just be the hopeless romantic in me). Fowler’s protective nature over Luna was endearing and I couldn’t help but swoon during a few of the scenes when he’s fighting to save the two of them. At first Fowler feels obliged to watch over her based on a promise he made and he believes Luna to be helpless because she’s blind, but he quickly realizes just how wrong he may have been. From there on though, his protectiveness begins to stem from entirely different reasons for looking after her (yes there might be some romance in the making but you’ll have to read to find out). I have to say though, Fowler should never have misjudged Luna from the start. After all, their first introduction to one another ends with Luna saving them all so CLEARLY girl could handle herself just fine but I’ll cut Fowler some slackJ
o Ortley: A city built in the treetops; this is what fairy tale dreams are made of. Although the denizens of Ortley aren’t the friendliest lot, they do what they can to survive and that means being creative. They built this city off of the forest ground in order to stay hidden from the dwellers. I think fans of Tiger Lily will love Reign of Shadows for this element alone and Ortley also reminded me of Robin and Scarlet’s adventures in A.C. Gaughen’s series. I couldn’t help but wish for more time spent in Ortley in the book because of the setting alone. Side note: If you’ve never heard of Treehouse Point in Washington you need to google it! Staying in a treehouse there one day is on my bucket list and Ortley only furthered my desire to do so.
o The Ending: One word: PHENOMENAL. If an author manages to tug on my heartstrings with the close of their book it’s typically a win in my opinion. Short of giving away just how emotionally charged this ending was, I will say the last scene bears remarkable resemblance to a certain scene in a movie featured on a boat and my reaction to the finish of Reign of Shadows was the same as it was for the movie. WATERWORKS