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Reign of Shadows Hardcover – February 9, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—Luna, an orphaned princess, has been living in a tower with her rescuers since they saved her from an assassin on the day she was born. On that day, her kingdom and all its neighbors were plunged into seemingly eternal darkness thanks to a lunar eclipse. What's worse, enormous flesh-eating creatures (called "Dwellers") came scuttling out of the ground as the endless night fell hard on the land. Now, 17 years after the eclipse, Luna happens to rescue a rugged survivor named Fowler, who agrees to travel with the princess to a fabled island free of Dwellers. What begins as a fast-paced adventure quickly gets bogged down in the quagmire of Luna and Fowler tromping through the forest, fighting with each other, avoiding getting killed, and resisting the urge to fall in love. Luna, who is blind, has heightened senses and has been trained to fight, yet she falls into the damsel-in-distress role much too readily. There are some moments of true suspense, but Luna's characterization is inconsistent. The cliff-hanger ending guarantees more books to come, though readers might not feel compelled to stick around. VERDICT An additional purchase where apocalypse and fantasy novels tinged with tame romance are popular.—Abby Bussen, Cudahy Family Library, WI
“Effortless fantasy with high romance, REIGN OF SHADOWS keeps you intrigued until the final sentence.” (RT Book Reviews)
“Star-crossed romance smolders.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Set in a dark, petrifying world of nightmares, and chock full of harrowing action, swoon–worthy romance, and a compelling, formidable pair of protagonists, REIGN OF SHADOWS was a thrill ride from start to finish!” (Sarah J Maas, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series)
“There’s more than blindness to Luna, and her sightlessness is authentically depicted as an advantage at times and a vulnerability at others. This will appeal to readers drawn to romance.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“An exciting and unique fantasy, full of suspense and romance.” (Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author)
Praise for UNINVITED: “UNINVITED asks the question: will you let the world define who you are or will you choose to define yourself? Put simply: I loved this book!” (Carrie Ryan, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series)
Praise for UNINVITED: “A riveting, disconcerting vision of a near–future corrupted by genetic profiling. Thoroughly unputdownable.” (Rachel Vincent, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author)
Praise for UNINVITED: “this fast–paced story is a solid addition to the dystopian genre.” (Booklist)
Praise for the Firelight series: “The Firelight series is a rare sparkling gem. I delved into the mystical world and discovered a fast–paced, gripping story. …Anytime my readers ask for a book recommendation, I always say, ‘Read Sophie Jordan!’” (Colleen Houck, author of NEW YORK TIMES bestselling TIGER’S CURSE)
Praise for the Firelight series: “Firelight soars to dizzying heights, combining forbidden love, scorching romance, and thrilling danger.” (Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy)
Praise for the Firelight series: “Magnificent and masterful! A world so captivating, you’ll never want to leave!” (Kerrelyn Sparks, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author on FIRELIGHT)
Praise for the Firelight series: “Jordan’s compelling addition to the supernatural star–crossed lovers theme is equal parts taut suspense and sensuous romance.” (Booklist)
Praise for the Firelight series: “Just surrender to the sizzle.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for the Firelight series: “This imaginative and intense story leaves you wanting more.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Top customer reviews
In a world cloaked in darkness for the last seventeen years the world is not a nice place. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding since she was born and darkness fell, that’s how she stays alive by others thinking her dead. However when a mysterious Fowler is out in the dark woods braving things Luna is drawn to him. When her safe home for all these years is attacked they must work together to escape. Luna realizes things are much more treacherous than she imagined as threats keep stacking up against them. Falling in love with so many secrets between them may be more dangerous yet.
Reign of Shadows is my first Sophie Jordan book and one that I listened to on Audible. I got it on sale and waiting for my new credit to kick in so I could get another more expensive title but was loving listening to many of my books. So when I was home from work and not interested in watching any TV to relax and didn’t want to turn the lights on to read I started this one. I figured an hour or two in I’d go to sleep. Well that didn’t happen. I was listening completely entranced in the world and story and then next thing you know when I do start to get tired because well it had been a long day I see how long I have left in the chapter and find I only have about two hours left in the book and it is WAY past my bed time. I then decide to finish it because I’m already going to be tired the next day I should just finish it or I’d be thinking about it. So I got less than two hours of sleep that night and it was totally worth it. Though thinking back about this now I see where I might have “typed” my review and just done it in my head.
I really liked the pace of the story it just kept moving forward and did so quickly. The story was easy to follow and kept you invested throughout. I liked seeing both Luna and Fowler and what was happening within themselves and how being together really changed them and their plans. I also loved the whole idea of Luna having the handicap/disability that she does. I can't think of a better way to say it without spoilers though we learn about it so early I don't worry about it being spoilery just that it was so much better to learn as they reveal it. She is so strong and determined and doesn't let anything slow her down. Fowler though, I love how he develops. He is so closed off and separate from everyone and everything in the start but he starts to see the value in having someone with you and caring about someone else. And the romance that develops between them is so nice I loved how it progressed.
There was so much to love about this story. Everything from the character development to the journey and action and more. We are on a mission after all. Darkness has fallen and we have evil rulers and so so much goodness to work with. I am looking forward to continuing on in the series but I have to admit I will probably wait to listen just because I liked the first audiobook experience so much. Maybe I'll listen to book two in one sitting as well? Though I probably won't start it if I have to work the next day just to be safe. I highly recommend giving this one a read/listen.
Then there's Fowler. Poor, poor Fowler. This is from his POV, "I had never been my weakest as when I allowed love and hope into my heart." How can you not love the poor boy.
Together they struggle to avoid the dwellers (some rather freaky creatures) and all the other dangers in the world. There is a major cliffhanger at the end and I desperately need the next book!
I guess what I'm saying is this story had SO much potential, but it fell terribly flat for me. I am undecided if I will read the second book...Maybe if my library has sit because I won't pay for it.
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It was so good. And even as an audio I blew through it so fast.Read more
Girl lives in tower all her life as a way to protect her.Read more