Book Review: Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer #MistPH

Heart of Mist

Title – Heart of Mist

Series – The Oremere Chronicles #1

Author – Helen Scheuerer

Publication – August 31st, 2017.

Publisher -Talem Press

Genres – Young Adult & Fantasy.

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.

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Book Review

I started Heart of Mist without any expectations. It took a couple of tries for me to focus on the first lines of the story before the words became clear in my mind and after that, everything became clearer, as I got lost in the story.

This is one story that will fill you with questions. So many questions arise and there’s only so much the first book in a chronicle can give away. I found myself wanting to know everything about Bleak our main character because she was as lost about knowing herself as I was.

Bleak is like a plague towards the people in this book. I could feel her plight acutely, I hated the way people treated her or spoke to her. From the beginning, we can feel how deep she wallows in unhealthy self-pity and it doesn’t help that the first reaction people have is to trod on her. I hated that so much.

We are introduced to an array of characters all who have a purpose in the story. For example trash basket that is Maz, I really want to see hell pour down on him. The King’s warriors, such as the Commander, Fiore, Stefan and Lennox. By the way, I love Fiore, he’s the sanest and best of people in this book.

For some reason the badass women, the Valian, women warriors. I don’t like them much, they are so ignorant and blind, living without question, can’t see the injustice and unfairness in their so-called righteous and elite ways. I especially disliked Henri and then there’s Athene, who I don’t want to start talking about. There’s Henri’s mother, who seemed to know things to come but didn’t share them. I hate when this happens in fantasy books. WHy send them on a quest if you know what will happen, give them the upper hand. Anyways The Valian Way, in this book is utter bullshit and, I swear Henri is a piece of work.

Bren, omg… Bren is just endearing in the most frustrating way. Dash & Olena… I can’t wait to read more of them.

This tale is set in a world where people with magic are prosecuted. Like it’s taboo. I really want to know much more, like a deeper insight, find out more about the history of the land.

This book is basically a background introduction to the world Helen has created, a necessary information dump, with a sense of direction where the plot is taking us and who the main players are in this chronicle. I mean the pace is fast and all that, which is awesome for this kind of tale, but I also found some places to be dragging, but it’s all good.

There’s the usual typical storyline of many Young Adult Fantasy, honestly. It goes the usual way, the road journeys, the stops the revelations, the big bang etc. There’s a bit of action here and there, I loved the bloodbaths. It’s the execution that always matters to me, such as the writing style and language, and Helen’s honestly didn’t make want to stop reading till I got to the end, there are just many things that are intriguing about this tale and ultimately why I enjoyed reading the book.

Helen is a beautiful writer and her world building is awesome, I understood most of the explanation and I can’t wait to find out more, especially Bleak’s origin, that’s my main interest, I’ll soon read Reign of Mist, and I’m as excited as I can be.

3.5

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About the Author

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Helen Scheuerer is a YA fantasy author from Sydney, Australia. Reign of Mist is the second book in her high fantasy trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles. After writing literary fiction for a number of years, Helen was inspired to return to her childhood love of fantasy thanks to novels like Throne of Glass, The Queen’s Poisoner and The Queen of the Tearling.

Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit (www.writersedit.com), an online learning platform for emerging writers. In its first year, Writer’s Edit reached thousands of new authors and soon became its own small press, with Helen overseeing the production and publication of three creative writing anthologies, Kindling Volume I, Volume II and Volume III. It’s now one of the largest writing websites in the world.

Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. While the Kindling books were being published, Helen also completed a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.

Helen now lives on the beach and writes full time. She has many more books planned for the future.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer #MistPH

  1. “and then there’s Athene, who I don’t want to start talking about.” Hahahaha! I think everyone has run across a character like that either in novels or movies. The kind of character you could easily go on a thirty page rant about. Mine is Sarah Harding from the second Jurassic Park movie – The Lost World. Don’t ask me what I think about her. You don’t want me to go there. 😉 Trust me.

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