Book Review: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

24657660Reign of Shadows
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
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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.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.


I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Harper Collins and Edelweiss!

As always, I am sweeped in by fairy tale retellings. This time we have a story loosely based on Rapunzel, where our main character Luna lives in a world where light is only shown for a couple of hours, leaving it dark the rest of the time. Monsters called “dwellers” plague the area and are predators to the humans. Luna is kept safe in a tower, but from the beginning of the book we feel her yearning to go outside and away from the only place she’s known for the last seventeen years of her life.

“Being satisfied with our lives was enough for her. She didn’t understand the need for more. My need for more.”

An opportunity to fulfill that desire proves itself when Luna meets Fowler, who is searching for a place where there is light and no dwellers lurk. These two characters were really dynamic and reading them change from when we first meet them to the end of the book was really enjoyable. 

In the beginning, Fowler comes off as selfish, but once you get to know him you find out the reasons why he behaves the way he does. As he and Luna travel and spend time together, guards get chipped and the chemistry gets sparkin’. ❤ I do love me some romance! There is no insta-love in this book, although we see some instances of instra-attraction, which doesn’t really bother me. I mean, chances are you like people you’re attracted to, right? It’s definitely a slow-burn romance that takes its time throughout the book, despite the attraction.

“I have never been my weakest as when I allowed love and hope into my heart.
I would never do so again.”

The political front didn’t really progress much in this book; from the blurb we know that Luna is the lost princess but not much happens in terms of that. It mainly focuses on Luna and Fowler’s adventure together as they try to survive. I didn’t know this book was planned for a sequel until the end, but now I see why things moved pretty slow – room for more awesomeness in the next book! Although it wasn’t as fast-paced as I thought it would be, I really didn’t mind in favor of the character development going on. 

That ending had me gasping at 1 am in the morning and left me staring at the ceiling in disbelief! It was a cliffhanger, and a rather abrupt one at that. I love cliffhangers though, so I’m definitely not complaining, although it might have been executed better.

Overall, the dynamic characters, steamy romance and potential for more action has got me excited for the next book! This book is totally recommended for fairy tale retelling lovers, and people who can appreciate a slow-burn fantasy in terms of romance and plot.


*Quotes are from an ARC copy and are subject to change upon publication.

19 thoughts on “Book Review: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

  1. I’m glad you liked this book. “Rapunzel” is my favorite fairy tale, so it is always exciting to me when there is a new, well-written retelling of it. Great review!

  2. I like the sound of slow-burn fantasy romance. But I also like detailed politics and world-building in my books which this book seems not to have. Hmm, now I am conflicted! Great review, though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Aila 🙂

    1. No problem Lucia, and I totally get you. The politics in the world were definitely set aside for the adventure that the characters were in. Maybe wait until the sequel comes in with more details to see if you should read it or not!

  3. This sounds like an interesting read. Definitely adding it to my tbr list. Great review Aila. 🙂

  4. Um… a retelling that has a great slow-burning romance? Sign me up! This definitely sounds like something I might like. Character development and realistic romantic progression are my all-time weaknesses. Awesome review, Aila!

  5. Already commented on your wrap-up but forgot to mention I will totally be reading Book 2 thanks to the ending. I like the concept of the book so much just wish there was more to it.

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