Title: Heart of Mist
Series: The Oremere Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: Talem Press, 31 August 2017
Read: January 2018, July 2018
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.
But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.
The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.
Hello there! Ahhhh it feels so good to be back again after MONTHS of not writing anything for the blog! Various stuff, from depressed episodes, lack of internet connection to family vacations kept me from being active in blogging. I will give more specific updates in the monthly wrap-up that I may or may not be writing. Please forgive me, I am just in a very hectic time in my life.
Going back to the main topic of this post, I am thrilled to be finally writing a review for Heart of Mist! I got my copy of the book from the HoM blog tour giveaway last year, but I only read it this January. Guess what?? It’s my first 5-star read of the year!! I’m part of the upcoming Reign of Mist blog tour hosted by Shealea, so I did a quick reread of Heart of Mist in preparation for reading its sequel. “Quick” is such a strong word, though, because we all know how slow of a reader I am.
I am thankful that I’m a very forgetful reader. The reveals, especially at the end of the book, still surprised me like I’m reading them for the first time.
I’m afraid I might just ramble on and on so I’ll just give you a list of reasons why Heart of Mist was easily my first 5-star read of the year:
MAGIC! While Heart of Mist is about magic in a realm where it is forbidden, Helen herself without a doubt knows how to wield magic. The way Ellest and its neighboring continents came to life with only words, if that is not magic, I don’t know what is. There are no dragons and other magical creatures (yet), but we have mind whisperers, energy shifters and seers in our midst!
MULTIPLE POINTS OF VIEW! One of the reasons why I love more than one POV is that I see things from different perspectives. But here, they allowed me to see different parts of Ellest through the eyes of the characters. I also got glimpses of their minds, which I needed, because literally, everyone here has their own motives and agenda. To be specific, there are four perspectives in the book: Bleak, the protagonist, Henrietta Valia, the matriarch of the Valian kindred, Dimitri Swinton, Commander of the King’s army and son of Sir Caleb Swinton, and young Dash, the 10-year-old son of the palace stablemaster.
AND OH YES, THE CHARACTERS. I love how most of them are not inherently good or evil. It’s really just a bunch of people trying to preserve something, whether it be oneself, the people they love, or tradition, and their actions and decisions show that. They are authentic, and when Helen says that Bleak, the main character is one drunk woman just trying to get by and find a cure for her magic, she really acts like one. I think it is also important to note that she is a mind whisperer, and she drinks to drown the other voices in her head. Hugs, Bleak.
THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF STRONG WOMEN HERE! Aside from Bleak, we also have the Valia kindred, an all-women warrior clan who lives in a community up in the trees. Like think tree houses, but an entire village, a city even! Henri has her own set of elite warriors, too — Athene, Marvel, Petra, Tilly. And of course, mother matriarch Allehra Valia. Princess Olena is one strong lady, as well. Despite what she’s lacking physically, I admire the way she thinks and how she handles herself in front of other people. She is going to be a great queen someday, I just know it.
GREAT FRIENDSHIPS. Bleak and the lengths Bren would go to just to make sure she’s safe. How Princess Olena sees Dash not only as her friend but her eyes. Fiore being the understanding friend and brother-in-arms to Swinton even though it’s obvious he has secret he doesn’t want to share.
FAST-PACED PLOT. Heart of Mist’s pages is filled with action. The story moves fast, but I am in no way complaining. The pace actually urged me to read on and on, and I found it really hard to put the book down once I started reading.
All in all, Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer is magical in more ways than one, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this great trilogy!
That’s it! There will be more posts about The Oremere Chronicles (and a giveaway!) in the coming week so follow me for updates!