War of Mist
Publisher: Talem Press
Release Date: 25th July 2019
RRP: $30 AUD
War is here.
Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.
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?
As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.
Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
I received an advanced e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Where do I even begin?! To say that this series has become one of my all-time favourites is an understatement. Helen has created a trilogy so unique, so beautiful and so utterly heartbreaking. War of Mist is the epic conclusion to an explosive trilogy, it will leave you hanging off every word and desperately flipping the pages.
There are betrayals, characters being reunited, twists and turns, secrets, gut wrenching heartache and so much more. I can honestly say at multiple times through reading War of Mist I was literally holding my breath. The suspense in every chapter gave me severe anxiety but in a good way haha.
We follow multiple characters throughout this trilogy, the main protagonist being Bleak, a once drunken rat to the person she becomes in this novel (I can’t say too much or I’ll spoil it for you!). Reading Bleaks character transformation has honestly been one of the best parts of this series, my heart swells every time I think of her. Almost all of the characters that come along in this series have a very special place in my heart and Helen really ensured that in War of Mist, they would never leave my heart.
Helen has this incredible ability in her writing to get you to hate a character, then the next thing you know you love them and vice versa.
The characters that I initially hated, well some of them stayed that way haha – but Swinton in particular, oh my goodness did Helen make me love him, his character arc was simply perfect in every single way – I cannot fault it.
War of Mist is full of incredible and unique magic. The world as a whole leaves you breathless with the detail that Helen has put into describing it.
You know an author has nailed it when you’re reading and you can quite literally picture everything in your mind. With the Mist spreading and destroying, you can visualise everything occurring. When the characters travel to new and foreign places, when they return to old places – everything is in such detail and so well researched that it is quite literally a movie playing out in your head.
The plot of pace of this book was perfection; I read it in a day – that is how much I could not put this book down. I haven’t read a book like this in over a year, and to me, that is really saying something about how incredible this final book is. The pace of the story went with what was occurring in the novel, quick when it needed to, and then slowed down when it needed to. The plot, whilst we know what is happening throughout this series and to a degree how it will end – Helen kept me second-guessing throughout the whole book. I honestly at times thought I knew what was going to happen and then WHAM! Helen had me completely fooled.
I spent the last 10% of the book quite literally sobbing, my heart was RIPPED out and then Helen proceeded to RIP it out AGAIN! – Helen, you know exactly which part I am talking about haha – WHY?! There were tears of grief, tears of joy, followed by tears of sorrow – but by the end my cheeks hurt from smiling at how this series as a whole ended. War of Mist is exactly how a series should end, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this book is perfection.
Thank you Helen, for giving us these incredible characters, for giving me the opportunity to fall in love with them time and time again. This series was Helen’s debut and I cannot wait to see what she comes out with next.