Review: "Reign of Shadows" (Reign of Shadows, #1) by Sophie Jordan

Hello everyone and welcome to the review of a book I really had to think before writing. But mostly, I am sorry for not being around for a while. Apart from my scheduled posts, I had a tiring week and I hope to get back to you the next! For now, I hope you'll like my review of "Reign of Shadows" by Sophie Jordan.

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.



This was my first book from this author. I had heard of Sophie Jordan's previous books, yet I didn't dare read them, mostly her "Uninvited" series. But after reading "Reign of Shadows" I will make sure to find more of her books!

"Reign of Shadows" could be easily a meeting between "Tangled" and the "Pure" series by Julianna Baggott. Luna lives in a hidden tower and Fowler is a ruthless hunter who tries to survive. When the circumstances force them to travel together, Luna will travel into a world full of darkness, monsters and secrets.

Now you'd think that this wold-building would be easy? No! Think again. Or maybe IMAGINE a world after an eclipse where there are few hours of daylight, then darkness comes and evil creatures, a mix between roaches and zombies (to my opinion) roam the grounds at night.

On the other hand, with no sun, there is no food, vegetation and the animals are forced to evolve into the new enviroment.

But it wasn't the world building that surprised me. It was Luna. Her condition (no spoiler from me), her abilities and her faith in goodness even in this bleak world was a rare ray of sunshine. Fowler really was grumpy and cynic and many times he wondered about Luna but everything between them was slow burning and very original. The double POV proves it.

The ending? The worst cliffhanger of all. This was the second time I finished a book which left me turning the pages back and forth making sure that there were others too! I will defenitely expect the next book praying for Luna and Fowler to survive.

About the author:

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.