The richly suspenseful sequel to Sophie Jordan’s romantic fantasy Reign of Shadows.

Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.

Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the king discovers both Fowler's and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.

Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler, but the power she was destined to inherit.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 3.5 stars! I still loved Luna and Fowler very much, and really enjoyed being back in both their heads again! However, I’d have to say as a whole I didn’t love this sequel as much as I loved Reign of Shadows. It was missing the that extra excitement and abundance of romance-y feels I got in the first book, and I even had some of the same world-building issues and questions leftover from the first book in this one too. Yet, overall, it was still really good.

♥ Review: It’s difficult to really dive in to this review simply because of spoilers that could be uncovered if I spoke too heavily on plot aspects. I will say that if I’m comparing the first book with this one, the plot in the first novel definitely felt better overall. I also believe that the pacing in this book was affected as well. In RoS, everything seemed to have a sense of dire urgency and, because of that, I remember flipping through the pages quicker with bated breath. That was likely due to the fact that the villains of the first book were creepy, bloodthirsty creatures Outside while the antagonist(s) in this novel centered more around people and politics behind the safety of a wall. Additionally, I believe my general enjoyment of the sequel nose-dived because of the fact that Fowler was sick/unconscious/bloody and beaten/dying throughout a vast majority of this book. Ack! Which, to be honest, along with other spoilery circumstances, really cut into my quality time where Luna and Fowler could have been sorting through their issues so they could get back to making out again. (Don’t worry, there’s some pretty stellar makeout sessions in this book! #HereForIt) Mostly, though, this book felt like it was centered around all the dramatics and angst. Don’t get me wrong, I loooove me some angst, but I can’t say all the reasons for it in this book were necessary. Lastly, I feel like the build-up of this whole duology was leading to the moment when Luna would face Cullan, the man who killed her parents and took her kingdom, and when that came to fruition, the conclusion of it was seriously anti-climatic. Not only that, but the resolution of the dwellers was very “that’s it?” too.

I know a large portion of my review appears to be complaints about what went wrong in this book, but I’m certainly not trying to make it as such. In fact, as I’ve stated previously, I quite enjoyed this installment and this duology as a whole a good deal. Point proven, I’m even rounding up my 3.5 stars to a 4-star rating on Goodreads because even though this book had its faults, I was still eager to get back to it whenever I had to set it down due to real life. (Dang kids My precious sons, always with the meal requirements!) Bonus points, there’s an epilogue and I was quite fond of the content I read in it!

♥ Teaser Quote: There’s some really great moments in this book and I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised that a majority of my favorite quotes happened around kissing scenes. (*fake whispers* Kissing is my favorite.)

    His hands burned a trail everywhere, roaming my back, callused fingertips stroking my nape and burrowing into my hair. I trembled as he tugged my head back, his lips gliding over my throat before coming back to my mouth. “You’re the best thing to ever happen to me and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere except here with you.”

– quote taken from the e-ARC of Rise of Fire at 92%

Book Rating Breakdown
General Book Feels
Cute, Fuzzies, Flutters
Angst Me So Good

♥ Rec It? Sure! I mean, I’d recommend you read this book just for Fowler alone. I kinda have very intense feelings about him. In general, I thought this duology was really good. Could it have been better? Probably. There are things I would do differently, but it still doesn’t change the fact that I basically devoured both of these books and I will read Jordan’s work in the future.

♥ A very special thanks to HarperTEEN and Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.

*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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