I’m unbelievably excited to be part of the Heart Of Mist blog tour guys! I spotted the book circulating Twitter weeks ago and it immediately grabbed my attention. Some of my blogger friends have also reviewed it and I just loved the sound of it. I rapidly followed the author, Helen, and kept my eyes peeled for any news. So when Shealea of ThatBookshelfBitch posted about the blog tour, I HAD to sign up and yay I got accepted (squeal of joy)!
You can check out Shealea’s launch post for the blog tour – 10 reasons to pick up Heart Of Mist.
Onto the main event, my review!
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.
A flawed heroine, a diverse cast of characters, a classic fantasy tale with a twist.
Number one – The book cover is beautiful! It’s incredibly simple, but so classy and striking. Number two – THIS BOOK IS AWESOME YOU GUYS!!!
I went into the book with an open mind and a hopeful heart. Let me tell you it did not disappoint. I thought I’d get a start reading it during a rare half hour spare, I ended up reading it in-between doing housework and caring for my daughter. I could not put it down! There wasn’t too much action in the beginning. but I was still incredibly hooked into the world building and learning Bleak’s story.
Bleak is a new kind of character for me. She isn’t your typical perfectly proportioned and remarkably talented MC. She’s a common ‘gutter rat’ as she’s referred to often in the book and a raging drunk most of the time. She tries to escape her magical gift by consuming a sh*t ton of booze on the daily and survives on moldy crusts of bread. I love that she’s a uniquely flawed character and probably relatable to many people (you know, except for the magic of course).
Bleak embarks on a huge adventure in this story, both literally and within herself. She’s arrested and summoned to the king almost immediately and is harassed by certain soldiers and just down right treated badly! She’s very stubborn and angry and I honestly can’t blame her for all she’s been through.
She is then captured (I use that word very lightly) by the Valia Kindred, a group of strong females who can fight and generally kick the crap out of anyone who bothers them, girl power indeed! Henri is the leader of this clan and a very strong willed, don’t piss me off, kind of character. I didn’t like Henri too much to begin with, but she definitely grew on me as the story went on and you learn a lot about her past.
There is a bit of f/f romance in this, which I didn’t anticipate but loved a lot. I expected one surrounding Bleak, but it doesn’t really come to fruition which I was a little disappointed by (me being a hopeless romantic) but I hope to see that evolve in the next book!
Dash is my favourite character, he’s a ten year old stable boy and best friends with the princess, Olena. Dash wants to be more than the stable master’s son and dreams of becoming a knight and looks up to Captain Fiore (swooon) and Commander Swinton a whole lot. Dash learns a very big secret and I feel so sorry for the lad, he has no one to tell, not even Olena and is confused by the whole situation!
There are about five different points of view in this book, which usually I wouldn’t get on with, but it didn’t confuse me at all and added some much needed information to the story. Most characters were very well developed with distinct personalities, which is highly appreciated!
There are lot’s of huge secrets and hidden magic in the book and I’m extremely excited to find out what happens next!
Also – Fioreee (gasp, swoon, wink)
*I’d like to thank Helen and Shealea for sending the book my way in return for an honest review*
WAIT!! We’re not done yet – If you’d love to read Heart Of Mist yourself, then you can enter the giveaway to win – A finished copy of Heart Of Mist, three bonus prequels and a Heart Of Mist map! To enter follow the link HERE – The winner will be announced on 30th October (Monday) via Shealea’s blog ThatBookShelfBitch.
Shealea is hosting a #MistPH Twitter chat on 27th October (Friday) 9AM Philippines/ 9PM EST, where we will be talking all things Heart Of Mist and running an extra giveaway! Please join us!