I already know Sophie Jordan from her Firelight-trilogy and even though I don´t like that cover of Reign of Shadows that much (it´s not that it would be kitschy, no, but it´s just not my thing) I like the way she writes.
Reign Of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Reign Of Shadows #1
Published by Harper Teen on February 9, 2016
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness, and in the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, the kingdom´s lost princess, has been locked away in a tower in the cursed Black Woods ever since. Luna´s survival depends entirely on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn´t stop Luna from longing for a life beyond the stifling tower walls. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer who has braved the Black Woods in search of a land where the sun still shines, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is far more treacherous than Luna ever realized. Hideous, flesh-hungry creatures lurk behind every corner and each stranger they encounter has frightening ulterior motives. 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.
There is always something about the real world to find in her stories, she gives the reader enough space for its own fantasy and still leaves enough room for her own.
Luna grew up and lived all of her young life in a tower. Not as a prisoner but for her own good and safety. Because the King of Relhok may never know that she survived his blistering betrayal on her parents – the former king and queen of a once flourishing and wonderful kingdom.
The story is told in the first-person perspective by Luna in some chapters and by Fowler in others. That gives the reader the wonderful chance to get to know what they both feel and think about various things. For the novel it means, that there is a special note to it. Something I really like. The writing style by the author is simple, clear and Sophie Jordan uses some very interesting comparisons to things which are used in this plot. I could literally see the woods or the place where the tower stood in which Luna grew up.
Dwellers are, beside the king, the biggest enemy the people of Relhok have to fear. From the way Fowler and Luna describe them, I pictured them as huge insects, some kind of upright walking bug with a very nasty behavior and an even nastier and huge hunger for almost everything. How Luna, Fowler and others keep themselves protected from them is part of this fantasy novel and one place reminded me of those little folks from one Star Wars movie – those who lived in the trees.
Luna and Fowler are two great and completely different characters. Not only because of their gender but also of what their parents were or are. What that means, you have to read and discover yourself in the book *smile* - but I promise, you won´t be disappointed. And wait till you get to meet Digger – he is one heck of a young tree wolf. Yes, you read that right *smirk*.
Luna has a secret, or better said: two. Both mean danger to her, and both of them are the reason why she spent all her life in that tower. But every seventeen year old girl wants to explore her surroundings, wants to see what else the world has to offer. And so does Luna too. And thanks to the old man Sivo she is able to not only see the world with different eyes, no she also is trained to fight, to handle daggers and swords with great skills. Her way of thinking, how she looks at problems, at others and her will to be helpful is something, Fowler has to come to terms with. She is very strong minded, doesn´t want to be overprotected and when it´s needed she fights others off like a lioness her cub. And she´s smart – wow! Unlike those who grew up in the outside world (outside the Black Woods and the tower that means), she knows books, and developed some very unique skills.
Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she´s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she´s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.