Friday, January 20, 2017

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Reign of Shadows {book one} by Sophie Jordan
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Source: Library

Summary {via GoodReads}:
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.

She thinks: I love a good fairy tale, especially a good retelling, and this one hits the mark. It seems fairly straight forward, but Sophie Jordan does a brilliant job of retelling the story of Rapunzel with many twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. Within the first couple of chapters, you'll question everything you have read so far and then pay extremely close attention to all that happens after. This story is a coming-of-age-after-being-locked-away story and a finding-oneself story. It's beautiful and heartbreaking, and if you're like me, you'll probably close the book at the end, want to cry, but also start imagining a whole mess of theories about what's going to happen in book two...which comes out next month!

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