Genre: YA Fantasy/High Fantasy | Page Count: 500
Publisher: Talem Press | Release Date: July 25, 2019
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.Goodreads
Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all.
But the search is a treacherous one – and it will push her to the very limits of endurance.
Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?
Everyone here can tell from my previous reviews that I am a huge fan of this series, so I’ll keep this short, simple, and to the point. You should read this book.
War of Mist, and the Oremere Chronicles as a whole, represent everything I didn’t know I needed from a fantasy series. Up until Helen reached out to me to ask for a review, I was fairly bored of High Fantasy with its predictable plots and tropey characters. Reading this series sort of rejuvenated me and brought me back to the genre. Now I feel as though I have the interest and the captivation to finish off some other fantasy series whose first books I liked, such as The Wicked King and Siege & Storm.
Detailed (Spoiler-free!) Review
In War of Mist, we finally get to the war that we all know is coming. In this final installation, we see all the plot points converge and all our favourite characters are together again. The lead up was suspenseful, but well worth it in most cases.
Scheurer does a fantastic job of building strong, realistic female characters who are shown in positions of power from the onset. She balances both strength and vulnerability in each of them, making Bleak, Henri, and the others incredibly relatable in one way or another. There’s also a perfect balance of romance and plot in a way that doesn’t detract from either. The family relationships in this novel also tug at my heartstrings because we all know I’m a sucker for that kind of thing.
Despite how much I love the characters, I will admit that Dash (in typical child fashion) did get on my nerves a bit with his constant questions. It’s so typical of a child, but I can so vividly feel Pa’s emotions when he gets frustrated. One other thing to note is that because this series swaps perspectives a lot, there will be characters’ whose chapters you just care about more and others whose are less interesting in relation. I sped through Bleak’s chapters out of interest and then sped through Swinton’s because I felt his plotline was the most predictable.
It’s hard to write a spoiler-free review for a final book in a trilogy, but I can honestly say that War of Mist is a gem in YA Fantasy and this whole series deserves more attention.