Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1) By Helen Scheuerer [Review]

Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles, #1)RELEASE DATE: August 31st 2017
AUTHOR:
Helen Scheuerer
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic.
PUBLISHER: Talem Press
SUMMARY: 

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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MY REV (Copy)

 

* ecopy received from the author in exchange for an honest review *

First of all, I would like to thank Helen Scheuerer for giving me an opportunity to review her book. She’s really a talented author and I thoroughly enjoyed Heart of Mist. The premise of this book really intrigued me when I first read it. I didn’t set super high expectations on it because it’s a debut novel but surprisingly, I found this pretty good and entertaining. The plot was engaging, the characters were interesting, and the world building was simply superb. The story held my interest from the start and I enjoyed it more than expected. However, it’s still not a total perfection and I had few issues which made me not giving it a full five star rating, but for a debut, I think it was a great start and I’ll definitely look forward to the next book.

Nineteen Year Old Bleak is an orphan whose parents have been killed when she was young. She has a unique Ashai power to read minds but she’s still struggling to control it. No one knows about her magic not even her best friend Bren because any kind of magic is totally forbidden in her kingdom. She’s been searching cure for her power for a long time but she was always left disappointed. With the recent death of her guardian, Bleak once again becomes an orphan. She’s always drunk because alcohol helps weaken all the voices in her head. She is called Gutter Rat and nobody cares for her. She survives by her smart thieving skills. Suddenly, her whole world turns pretty much upside down, when the king’s army commander Swinton captures her saying that she was summoned by the king. Even with her clever skills, Bleak knows that she can’t win against them all, so she has no choice but to surrender but during their journey they come across the Valia Kindred, the powerful female warriors who rescues her from her captors. The Valia Kindred takes special interest in Bleak’s powers and she doesn’t know why King Arden has taken an interest in her but soon Bleak gets in the middle of a dangerous war and to survive, she must use her powers that she always wanted to get rid of.

I enjoyed all the characters in this book! Every character was unique in their own way. I actually thought that it would be only focused on Bleak but other characters also gets a spotlight in this book. I liked Bleak and her character development! She’s stubborn, clever and strong but sometimes she might be a bit annoying. I found her character refreshing because I’ve never read a female protagonist who was alcoholic. She’s not a kickass character as I hoped but she wasn’t weak either. She faces a lot of abuse but she never gives up without a fight.  Commander Swinton was an interesting and complex character with so many secrets. I’m not sure whether he’s a good guy or a bad guy. He don’t want to be a villain but he don’t want to go against his king either. Bren is best friend of Bleak but it looks like he wants to be more than friends with her. Bleak is aware of Bren’s feelings because his thoughts are louder than everyone else but she refuses to acknowledge his feelings for her because she doesn’t want to drag him into her dangerous life.  I loved Fiore! He’s captain of the King’s Army and also best friend of Swinton. Unlike Swinton, he’s very sweet, fun, and charming! I want more of him in the next book. Henri is a kickass female warrior who was kind-of uptight and  she doesn’t trust anyone easily. Although I enjoyed her character, I didn’t liked her rude attitude towards Bleak. Dash and Princess Olena are adorable mini characters. I really loved the friendship between them. Despite their huge difference in social status, they deeply care for each other and they don’t care about what everyone thinks. There is a light romance in this book but sadly, It didn’t grab my interest. Bren seemed like a love sick puppy and he follows Bleak wherever she goes. Honestly, he’s really a sweet guy but I don’t want him to be the love interest because he’s kinda boring. There’s also an LGBTQ romance but I didn’t care much about it because it’s not the central focus of the book.

The plot was interesting and engaging! It was a fast paced plot but I did found some parts a bit slow. I was hooked to the story right from the very start. The story was unpredictable and there are so many twists and turns in the book which I really loved. Trigger Warning: There’s an attempted rape scene in the book where bleak gets attacked by a guy but nothing serious happens because she soon gets rescued. This book also focuses on understanding every characters and their development. The writing was captivating!  I enjoyed how the author explained everything with great detail but I wish there was less info dumping because it made the story a bit draggy. The book was told from multiple POV’s. The switching POV’s might not be everyone’s favorite but I loved it. The world building was fantastic! The author has created a fascinating world which was surrounded by a dangerous mist that keeps on growing. I would love to explore more of this world. The magical system was pretty interesting too but I struggled a bit to understand how it really works. 

Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book! Despite flaws, It was a good YA fantasy read filled with magic, adventure, politics, mystery, action, and light romance. The book finally concludes with a shocking twist and I would love to know what happens next. I hope the sequel is even better.

Recommend it?
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I highly recommend this book to all the YA fantasy lovers! 


MY RATING:
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25 thoughts on “Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1) By Helen Scheuerer [Review]

  1. Trang (Bookidote) November 4, 2017 / 2:43 am

    YESSSS ! Saw you finished this on Goodreads and I was very looking forward to your review 😀 Sounds awesome ! FIORE SOUNDS LIKE MY KIND OF GUY

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 6, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Haha Fiore is my favorite character in this book! ❤ 😀 I hope enjoy it if you decide to give it a shot! 🙂

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  2. Beware Of The Reader November 4, 2017 / 3:01 am

    Another fantastic review! I will stop to read them or my book budget will explode LOL

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  3. Candid Cover November 4, 2017 / 4:45 am

    What an interesting concept for a book! I am so happy that you enjoyed it. I will definitely be looking out for this one. 🙂

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  4. Kelly November 6, 2017 / 5:25 am

    Such a pretty cover, and this sounds like a great start to an interesting series! Definitely going to be picking this one up at some point – great review!

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  5. LairOfBooks November 7, 2017 / 12:51 am

    Great review Raven! I’m so glad to see you enjoyed this one, i recently got a copy myself after hearing afew other bloggers buzz about it. I also haven’t read anything from the perspective of a alcoholic so my interest is def piqued now. Also, I’m very curious about The Valia Kindred, sound like a group I’d like 🙂

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  6. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books November 7, 2017 / 2:06 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book, especially if the MC is layered and the plot sounds quite fun. I’m glad you ended up enjoying this book. Great review Raven!

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  7. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer November 9, 2017 / 9:21 am

    NOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT BOOK! ♥️ Superb review Raven… you hooked me talking about all the different characters… I LOVE multiple POVs in a book so this sounds right up my alley… Plus the world building sounds new and fresh! I wish I had been asked to review it by the author! 😉

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 9, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Thank you Dani! It really was a great read. I hope you enjoy it when you get to read it! If you want an ecopy for review maybe you should contact the author.

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  8. Jen November 20, 2017 / 6:30 am

    This series sounds like it has a lot of promise! And while I like my books to have a tad more romance, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that will be the case in the next book. Can’t wait for your review of the next book when it comes out!!

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  9. Shealea June 12, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    What a great review! I am extremely happy to know that you really enjoyed Heart of Mist. It’s definitely one of my favorites, too. ❤️

    I am actually currently working with the author and organizing a blog tour for the upcoming sequel, Reign of Mist, which will be released on September 13. If you’re interested in being among its earliest readers and in joining in all the blogging fun (+ meeting other bloggers who loved Heart of Mist!!!), you can learn more about the blog tour and access the sign-up form here: https://thatbookshelfbitch.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/sign-up-reign-of-mist-blog-tour/

    Hope to have you on board with us! 😊

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