Heart of Mist ★★★★☆

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I was immediately intrigued by Heart of Mist when I saw it online; not only was the cover beautiful but the entire concept grabbed my interest from the get-go. There was a lot to like about Heart of Mist, but a whole lot to get through first…

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.

The idea of a toxic mist engulfing the world, secrets and magic abound secured my need to check this one out. It held an interesting mix of characters and worldbuilding.

But as I mentioned before–there was a lot to get through first. There was a lot of travelling, a lot of training, a lot of waiting around and what felt like set-up for the entire series instead of telling the story on its own. If I had to be frank, Heart of Mist doesn’t survive as a standalone. It’s very obviously a stepping stone for a series, and it leaves more questions than there should be, introduces a huge cast of characters, and leaves my head spinning between the pacing being both too fast and not fast enough at alternating parts.

The entire time I was reading, I also was constantly aware that, despite being promoted as one, Heart of Mist wasn’t a YA book. Our initial main character, Bleak, may be seventeen, but the rest of the POV characters are not. It reads more of a wide-age spanning adult fantasy, rather than a YA. Part of it comes from having two adult voices claiming several of the chapters as well as a very young boy having several of his own chapters.

Despite that, it was an eventful read. Once I accepted Heart of Mist as it was, I breezed through it, enjoying the wide world and the magic presented to us. The representation on the pages were stand-out amazing and the deeper promise of more to come kept me going.

Heart of Mist was a lot of things, and a wild read from start to finish was definitely one of them.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to get a chance to hear us talk to the author, Helen Scheuerer, about Heart of Mist and it’s upcoming sequel, Reign of Mist, releasing September 2018!

Heart of Mist
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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.