Title: Heart of Mist (Book 1: The Oreme Chronicles)
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Format: Digital ARC
Published: August 31, 2017 by Talem Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Reading Period: October 19-24, 2017
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.
About the Author:
Helen Scheuerer is a YA fantasy author from Sydney, Australia. Heart of Mist is the first book in her high fantasy trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit (www.writersedit.com), an online literary magazine and learning platform for emerging writers. It’s now one of the largest writers’ platforms in the world.
Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.
Helen now works as a freelance writer and editor, while she works on the second book in The Oremere Chronicles.
You can find out more over at www.helenscheuerer.com.
Thank you Shealea of That Bookshelf Bitch for hosting Heart of Mist blog tour and the opportunity you gave me to join this tour!
Bleak is an Ashai, a mind whisperer. She used alcohol to block this power. Poor Bleak, she’s clueless, has raw, unwanted and uncontrolled magic. Commander Swinton is a mystery and value loyalty to the King. Henri, leader of Valia, had magic. She is the last Valian Ashai. Dash is a stableboy, and Princess Opela’s companion/friend. He loves to explore his surroundings and asks questions.
What I like in Heart of Mist is that I can imagine myself living in Valia and as one of the kindred Valians. Also, the adventure feels that it gave me. The mysteriousness of the mist also added to my interest. Moreover, I like Bleak’s personality but hate her of how he treats Bren. Henri being strong, powerful and intelligent is a reason to like her but her power tripping is sometimes unreasonable. Commander Swinton at some point wins my heart. I thought I would hate him all throughout but somehow he caught my heart. I understand Commander Swinton, even though most of the time he’s acts and thinks stupidly. Also, I like Dash playfulness and curiosity. He asks questions to learn, get answer but at the same time he annoys other people because of these characteristics.
However, I just wish that it has a title or name in each chapter of whose POV it is because it confuses me sometimes. Further, for a 10-year-old, Dash and 15-year-old Princess Olena, they behave contradictory to their age. They are very mature.
Heart of Mist is in good pace but sometimes I feel like it is very slow because of too much Bleak or Henri’s point of view, but I have to admit that I enjoy their POV that sometimes I forgot that there is Commander Swinton and Dash. I also like how Ms. Helen Scheuerer writes this book. It is not hard to like and understand it.
Heart of Mists story twists are overwhelming. I couldn’t decipher and connect things. Even though I have hunches, I have to turn the pages to get answers. Plus, I enjoy how this book always surprised me because of its revelations. It is so hard to write a review without spoiling, so I really tried my best not to include spoilers here.
P.S. I want Bleak’s magic.
P.S.S. I had to shift from Bleak’s magic to Henri’s magic to Bleak’s!
P.S.S. Book 2, please!
“We have to play to the strengths we were given.”
“Just because it was an answer you didn’t like, doesn’t mean it wasn’t an answer.”
“Knots were all about finding a solution to suit a greater purpose – problem solving”
“Nobody asks for anything. You get what you’re given in this life”
“You need to learn that every flaw you think you have can be used to an advantage.”
“Remember the difference between confidence and arrogance, Luka. One can shape victory at your feet; the other can get you killed.”
“And no society is perfect, Bleak, no matter how much you want it to be.”
“There are some things in life that have no “why”; they just are.”
“You’ll remember this day for the rest of your life,’ he said, ‘but don’t let it define you.”
“No one deserved to feel unsafe in their own skin for someone else’s pleasure.”
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