Today I am very pleased to be sharing with you all my review for the third and final book in The Oremere Chronicles, War of Mist, as part of the blog tour hosted by Shealea at Caffeine Book Tours!
Helen Scheuerer is a full-time novelist currently living by the mountains of New Zealand and the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit. After writing literary fiction for a number of years, Helen was inspired to return to her childhood love of fantasy thanks to novels like Throne of Glass, The Queen’s Poisoner, and The Queen of the Tearling.
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You can check out my review of the first two books as well as the interview I did with Helen for the last blog tour here.
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Without further ado, it is time for my review!
Title: War of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Talem Press
Release: July 25, 2019
As with the last two books, the story continues to be told via Bleak, Henri, Swinton and Dash’s points of view and picks up shortly after the end of Reign of Mist. There are a few more characters in play, more identities revealed, more truths discovered and more heartstrings tugged.
Given the title and the events of the last two novels, we know a war is imminent. Most of War of Mist is spent strategising, collected resources and various battles that result in much bloodshed. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time (both figuratively and literally at some points) and there were many times I was shocked by the events taking place. Amongst the evils of war, there are fleeting moments of purity, joy and hope that helps both the characters and the reader believe there might be a chance but war is cruel and nothing can last anywhere near as it needs to.
Then there is all the magic! I was in awe of the Ashai magic in the first two novels and it continued to impress and amaze me. What the Ashai are capable of, how they use it and how using it can consume them in various ways are all fascinating and make for an interesting magic system.
The writing, plot and characters continued to captivate and intrigue me. However, unlike the previous two novels, the unmarked flicking did not bother me as much and I think it was because I knew the characters enough to know who I was experiencing the events through. In fact, I was impressed with how well the novel flowed and how these characters continued to grow and develop in ways I did not foresee. I liked that the book was not predictable and that there were many times the story could have taken a completely different path. I was also satisfied with how the book ended.
I cannot say much more without spoiling the series, but I would recommend tissues and at least twenty minutes to sit and breathe before returning to the real world.
To make up for my lack of gushing to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, here are some of my favourite non-spoiler quotes from War of Mist:
‘But it’s not at her side I belong. I belong with another queen.’
Mist-covered moors and fields of blood blooms stretched out before them; an empty canvas, ready to be stained with the colours of war.
The hope the words offered were cruel; the kind that made a man’s heart soar before sending it plummeting into the ground.
‘War is here, Your Highness. We can no longer deny it, or try to change it. There is only one thing we can do. We need to call to arms.’
Forces collided in a blur of mist and blood.
And perhaps my favourite quote of all:
One … Two … Three … Four … Five …
When you read the book, you will find out why!
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Bittersweet but everything it needed to be and more. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and I cannot wait to see what Helen Scheuerer has in store for us in the future.
Have you read any of the Oremere Chronicles?
If so, what are your thoughts on the series?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time bibliophiles!
A digital copy of this book was supplied to me by Helen Scheuerer