A stunning conclusion to the Oremere series, Scheuerer's best yet. By the time I was about 75% through the book, I had to stop myself constantly scanning from the gripping words on the page, down to the % progress tracking at the bottom of my kindle; hopelessly caught between desperately wanting to know what happens next, yet not wanting to reach the end of the book any time soon! You definitely don't need to be a young adult to get absorbed in this realm or mystery, empowerment, feminism, coming of age, and inspirational tales of friendship, perseverance and growth.
Given the title and the events of the last two novels, we know a war is imminent. Most of War of Mist is spent strategising, collected resources and various battles that result in much bloodshed. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time (both figuratively and literally at some points) and there were many times I was shocked by the events taking place. Amongst the evils of war, there are fleeting moments of purity, joy and hope that helps both the characters and the reader believe there might be a chance but war is cruel and nothing can last anywhere near as it needs to.
Then there is all the magic! I was in awe of the Ashai magic in the first two novels and it continued to impress and amaze me. What the Ashai are capable of, how they use it and how using it can consume them in various ways are all fascinating and make for an interesting magic system.
The writing, plot and characters continued to captivate and intrigue me. However, unlike the previous two novels, the unmarked flicking did not bother me as much and I think it was because I knew the characters enough to know who I was experiencing the events through. In fact, I was impressed with how well the novel flowed and how these characters continued to grow and develop in ways I did not foresee. I liked that the book was not predictable and that there were many times the story could have taken a completely different path. I was also satisfied with how the book ended.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and I cannot wait to see what Helen Scheuerer has in store for us in the future.
War of Mist was a fantastic conclusion to the Oremere Chronicles. Once I started I didn’t want to put it down. I have loved the previous two books and this last book was brilliant. If you enjoyed the previous books you will certainly enjoy War of Mist. It finished well and I was completely satisfied, which doesn’t often happen with fantasy book. What I loved most about the book was that while the plot was amazing and it developed well, the characters were beyond sensational. We see so much growth, depth and family represented and it was beautiful to read.
War of Mist picks up a few weeks after the end of Reign. Tension has really peaked, because the gang know war is on the horizon and they are rushing to prevent complete and utter devastation in the wake of Ines growing in power. Our favourite characters are working so hard together, and seeing them grow over the course of the story was really what sets this book and its prequels apart in relation to other fantasy books. They all have their faults but seeing them work together made me really happy. The growth was well written, realistic and at times hard won.
The world building as usual, is fantastic. I felt completely immersed in the land and I could see it as if it were right in front of me. There was action, betrayals and plot twists that left me shocked. Dash was my absolute favourite character and I just wanted to cuddle him up and never let go. Commander Swinton and Henri grew on me and I enjoyed seeing the inner workings of Bleak’s mind in this story. There were subtle hints of romance, but like with the previous books it was mostly action, plotting and world building.
The pace of the story was good. It did not feel rushed and the battle scenes were exactly how I pictured a battle in this world to look like. There were a few unexpected things that happened, and while during reading them I was a little upset, I think the entire book finished off extremely well. Not one part of the story overpowered the others, it was smooth and easy to read. It was a great conclusion, which I recommend you read!!