History isn’t made by those who stand idly by – War of Mist
War of Mist is the gripping conclusion to the Oremere Chronicles, a series filled with amazing worldbuilding, magic and plot twists that creep out at you from within the pages of this book.
Title: War of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Publisher: Talem Press
Publication date: 15 July 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
War is here.
Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.
Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all.
But the search is a treacherous one, one that will push her to the very limits of endurance.
Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?
As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents; families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.
Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
Thanks to Shealea for organizing this blog tour because if not I wouldn’t have known about the Oremere Chronicles. It’s now one of my favourite fantasy series. I would recommend it to all fantasy lovers out there as this is really an underrated gem.
After the events of Reign of Mist, the teams are scattered all over the continent and Ines is stronger than ever. So when we meet the characters, most are at their lowest points, trying to find answers, get over their grief and make their way back to each other, in order to have a strong front against Queen Ines. We get to see just how strong and diabolical she is through the characters’ eyes.
There are several points of view in this book as well as in the previous books, which just helps to tell the story better. We get to see different sides of the story and it just adds to the uniqueness of the plot. More characters are introduced and added to the already many characters in this series but it never feels overwhelming.
A lot happens in this book but it never feels like its rushed or too slow, the pacing is good. The characters we’ve seen that have gone through so much growth in the previous books go through so much more as more plot twists are revealed and the roads lead to the final showdown. The ending left me with a bittersweet feeling because I was finally saying goodbye to the characters. I know I might sound like a broken record at this point but I highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy.
But enough about me talking about why I loved this series. Here are five reasons why you should think about reading the Oremere Chronicles.
Morally grey and complex characters
Most of the characters aren’t your stereotypical good guys. They have crossed lines protecting those they love, have killed while blinded by rage and they know they have such a dark side. The protagonist, Bleak is one of such characters and watching her grow throughout the series is interesting. In the end, she isn’t the teenage alcoholic tormented by her powers anymore as she becomes something more. We see characters change for the good or worse throughout the series and are intimately aware of them.
This book also boasts a rich cast with a wide range from skilled warriors to magicians, royalty, teenagers and more. An alcoholic protagonist (former in War of Mist), a blind princess, a matriarch, a power-hungry magician and more. We are shown through their multiple points of view how the events in this series play out.
If you love books with great worldbuilding then you’ll love this one. The story spans several continents and there is so much information to learn about the world in the books. But never does this feel like a chore as it’s woven together so well. As the story progresses, we learn more about these places through the characters’ eyes.
In the beginning, Magic is forbidden in Ellest, the continent where Bleak resides. So much about it is clouded in mystery. But as you go through each book you learn more about the Ashia, folks who can use magic, and the different types and why so much of their history is hidden. What you are left with is a wholly magical tale.
A series that keeps you on your toes
As the plot twists creep out at you from within the pages, you really don’t know what to expect next. This is one of the beauties of this series. Anything can happen and it makes for a thrilling read. The plot twists are well written and don’t feel forced. They just click together and you are left thinking “wow this totally makes sense, no wonder” So if you like books that aren’t so easy to predict, then you just might love this series.
Young Adult Fantasy with magic, war, friendship and love.
There are a lot of fighting and politics in these books. Heavy themes like attempted sexual assault, brutal murders and so on are also depicted. So this might be a bit heavy for some but it clearly shows you the state of the world, it’s grittiness, the dark sides clearly with no filters. This gives it more of a realness even though it’s fantasy. There are also strong friendships throughout as characters protect each other as well as romance sprinkled here and there. So if you like reading young adult fantasy, you should check this out. I’ll recommend it for any book lover though, as I feel it will be entertaining to most people even if their favourite genre isn’t fantasy.
Interested in reading this book now? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to stop by the other blog tour stops, here’s the schedule. Also, there’s a twitter chat on twitter @CaffeineTours by 9 pm PHT, anyone can participate so come join us if you can.
What’s your favourite fantasy series? Let’s chat in the comments. I have so many though.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After writing literary fiction for a number of years, Helen Scheuerer 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.
Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit, an online learning platform for emerging writers. In its first year, Writer’s Edit reached thousands of new authors and soon became its own small press, with Helen overseeing the production and publication of three creative writing anthologies. It’s now one of the largest writing websites in the world.
Helen now lives by the mountains of New Zealand and writes full time. She has many more books planned for the future.
INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY (closed)
Prize: Audiobook copies of War of Mist and Reign of Mist (one winner only)