“When it feels like a wave is about to break, it probably will.”
Edition: Digital Advance Copy
Published: August 31st, 2017 by Talem Press
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult
Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
I would like to state that I received a Digital Advance Copy of Heart of Mist from the author herself, Helen Scheuerer, in exchange for a honest and thoughtful review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Heart of Mist is the first YA fantasy novel in Helen Scheuerer’s The Oremere Chronicles. In this novel we follow our protagonist, Bleak, in a realm where a toxic mist is sweeping across the lands and magic forbidden to use. Bleak is dangerously self medicating with alcohol while she grieves the loss of her guardian and searching for a cure for her magic. During this time she is summoned to the capital by the king and taken from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army.
During her journey back to the capital, her and her captures realize the king isn’t the only person interested in Bleak and the powers she has. The leader of the infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lay claim on her along with the king. With this Bleak soon finds herself in the middle of a bigger battle than she ever imagined.
I won’t lie, I didn’t know what to expect when going into Heart of Mist because as of late I’ve just been craving cute and fluffy contemporary books. So reading the first couple chapters was a drag for me, it wasn’t the book it was just me, but once the book picked up and the story started to really build I learned that I liked it alot and now I’m impatiently awaiting book two!
Helen wrote Heart of Mist beautifully, she managed to keep me intrigued throughout the whole book (I’m pretty sure I could have read it in one sitting if I didn’t need to sleep to be a functioning human being.) Once I was finished I realized there was just about little to no romance mentioned in it, at least not for our main character Bleak. Though we did see some possibly interest from a couple of the men in the book. I feel as though every fantasy novel has such a large part of the book being about romance anymore and it can sometimes overshadow the fantasy part of the book. With that being said I’m quite torn on if I want Bleak to be involved in a relationship or not in this series and if so, with who. The first book is so interesting without it but I know we’ll possibly dive into it more in the upcoming books with the hints of it brought up in Heart of Mist; I know Helen will execute it perfectly in them if romance does blossom for our MC.
The characters in this book are astounding, from what I read and interpreted there were some diverse characters (there was some lesbian rep, not much but it was there and my heart SQUEALED. I NEED MORE F/F RELATIONSHIPS IN YA NOVELS PLEASE) and they were amazing. I felt as if the characters were well developed and thought out. They all had their own major role in the story.
We also got to read from some of their own point of views like Dash (Zachary, such a sweet little boy that I want to protect at all cost), Commander Swinton, and the queen of Valia, Henri. I must say at first it was a bit confusing and quite tiring with all the changes in POVs since I just wanted to read about Bleak but in the end it really came together and will make even more sense in the end.
Another thing that I LOVED about Heart of Mist was the fact that it included a lot of social issues. Such as the Valia Kindred who are a group of female warriors who had a very strict way of living. They seem like such this perfect feminist group on the surface, but you slowly realize they have deeper issues amongst their people. (Not going to lie I did like that the men did the tasks that were usually the women’s’ role in their society)
Then there was Bleak self medicating with alcohol, alcoholism isn’t something you see often in young adult novels and I found it be a breath of fresh air to see this included. It leaves room for discussion of alcohol related issues amongst young adults and that’s something that is seriously needed.
All in all Heart of Mist is a riveting tale, while reading it I was always left wanting more. When I reached the last page and realized it was the end I immediately wanted book two. I cannot wait to see where Helen takes the story in the next book! So thank you so much to Helen for reaching out to me and letting me read her stunning book to review it. I hope her and I get to work together again in the future!
If you’d like to read Heart of Mist and support a wonderful author then you can buy it on Amazon. For a limited time it is priced at .99 for the kindle version but I absolutely recommend getting a physical copy. It’s a stunning cover and it deserves a spot on your shelf!
Also you can add Heart of Mist to your Goodreads TBR/Want to Read shelves here!