Yep, it’s another YA novel. Sorry. I have lots of crime and chick lit novels to get through, but at the moment I’m loving the young adult genre.
From the blurb:
“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.
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.”
Luna was born as the world was cast into darkness by a pretty serious eclipse. At the time of the eclipse one of her fathers advisors seized the opportunity to stage a coup; both the king and queen were killed, leaving Luna an orphan and exiled princess.
Her wet nurse Perla managed to escape with baby Luna and a royal guard Sivo. Perla and Sivo stole the baby away to a hidden tower, where they remained for 17 years. After the eclipse the world changed, beings known as Dwellers rose from the underground, and prey on humans. They are blind, but are skilled hunters who use sounds and smells to locate their prey. They have tentacle-ey, antennae things erupting from the centre of their faces and sound generally terrifying. Also, there are giant bats.
Luna has been brought up in isolation, protected and stifled by her guardians she longs to explore the world outside of the tower.
Fowler depends on himself and trusts no one. There has been tragedy in his last and he has lost all the people he ever loved. He is out hunting for food with a pair of siblings, Dagne and Maldoc, when young Maldoc unwittingly steps into one of Sivo’s traps. He screams, his sister Dagne, who is older and frankly should know better, also carries on rather noisily. Chaos ensues as Fowler tries to get them to safety before all the Dwellers in a 100 mile radius descend upon them. Luckily Luna is around (having evaded her keepers) and manages to save them. Luckily, because Fowler is a second away from deserting them to save his own neck. Sounds heartless, but I’m with him on this.
Whilst Sivo and Perla are patching up Maldoc the tower is attacked by the King’s men (the new king, not Luna’s father). Luna and Fowler must escape and try to survive away from the safety of the tower. Which, to be fair sounds quite difficult what with the Dwellers, giant bats (or as I like to think of the Flying Rodents of Unusual Size – F.R.O.U.S for short), and people generally looking out for their own interest to the detriment of everyone else.
Luna is a sensitive soul who sees the good in people and wants to help; because of the way she’s been brought up she can not accept that people are now inherently selfish and will sell out their loved ones.
Fowler cannot see the good in people at all. Fowler is focused on his own survival, and yet he finds himself drawn to Luna, and promising that he will protect her.
I really enjoyed this story, the writing is very descriptive, the universe the story takes place in is genuinely scary and the writer does not shy away from violence. There is a pretty disturbing rabbit death by page 3. Yeah.
Luna and Fowler seem to be polar opposites, but as you read more you start to think that deep down they’re not that different at all.
I devoured this book in a day – can’t wait to read more. To make it more travel friendly I removed the paper jacket. #tipoftheday
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan is available as a hardback from £12.00. I had trouble finding it in Waterstones or WH Smith’s, so I got mine from Amazon.
Let me know if you have read or will be reading this in the comments.