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Dawn of Mist by Helen Scheuerer



5/5 STARS

· Publisher: Talem Press

· Release Date: April 13th 2020

· RRP: $25 AUD Paperback/ $.99c Kindle Edition


Before their fight to save the realm from mad tyrants and toxic mist, Bleak, Henri and Swinton led separate lives.


Delve into the secrets, the triumphs and tragedies of their earlier years, and the defining moments that made these much-loved characters who they are.


Teenage Bleak sails across the seas, seeking adventure with her best friend, Bren, and guardian, Senior – only to discover that trouble often finds her first.


Fiercely loyal Henri and her twin sister, Sahara, train relentlessly to become elite warriors, but soon learn that the Valian Way can be crueller than they ever thought.


A young and ambitious Commander Swinton struggles to prove himself worthy of knighthood, but an encounter with a beautiful stranger shows him that there are things in life more important than titles.


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Just when I thought the beloved Oremere Chronicles was over... BAM! Helen provides her avid readers with a prequel collection in one book! *cue happy dance*.

All of the lives of our favourite characters before they collided are laid out before our eyes in this incredible prequel. I completely agree with Helen when she advises to read Dawn of Mist after the Oremere Chronicles. It really brings the backstories and characters to life again and you sit there reading it and piecing together the events your reading to what is spoken of in the main novels.

You’re swept back into the lives of these characters and getting to learn more of their backstory - which is briefly touched on in the main novels.

We have of course stories from Bleak, including Bren and Senior and boy does it make me miss them so much! The banter between Bleak and Bren perfectly accentuates their relationship and Senior - bless him. Getting more information on Bleak was what I really wanted. Yes, she is the main character of the books BUT she has a pretty shitty life at the start of Heart of Mist so it was eye opening to see how she got there.

My heart really broke for Bleak, all she wanted was to be “fixed” when in reality she didn’t need fixing at all. The world needed to change.

However, I was more excited to read about my favourite soldier duo, Swinton and Fi - let’s be honest Fi is my favourite by a mile *fangirl*. However! After reading this Swinton is even higher up in my books.

The brains that Fi and Swinton have in their battles is mesmerising. They have such a beautiful friendship - even when it’s tested. Fi really keeps Swinton in check when he needs it and Swinton always has Fi’s back.

Through thick and thin - these two from prequel to the end - are in it together.

Swinton and Eliza.... that’s all that needs to be said *sobbing*.

I was so pleased to finally be able to read about Henri and Sahara before it all happened. To see their connection before it was broken. To read it as it unfolds, as Sahara’s plan comes into play. Sahara knew exactly what to do.

You know what happens because of the books – but the lead up to it was what I needed in my life to fill in those very very tiny gaps.

Dawn of Mist is the prequel we all needed and I am so glad Helen decided to release them into this book. Reading Dawn of Mist you laugh, you smile, you cry and your heart hurts but damn it is bloody good. The magic of this series, the incredible landscapes and characters that pull at your heart – it’s one of a kind and I will forever be re-reading these characters.

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