Author: Helen Scheuerer
Series: Heart of Mist #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Talem Press
Publication Date: August 31st, 2017
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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.
Heart of Mist honestly took me by surprise. When I first started reading it, I was just confused and didn’t know what was going on. However, as the story progress and more and more things got revealed, I also got more and more invested in the story. Heart of Mist is a story full of strong yet flawed characters, and each one has a pretty interesting story of his/her own.
Heart of Mist started out slow and dragging for me. I felt confused and I didn’t enjoy Bleak initially. I also got confused when suddenly, there was a POV change. It was later on that I knew that their paths wold cross. Nonetheless, it added to the confusion in the beginning. The characters were mostly annoying at first, but as I read on, I grew fond of more and more of them.
For the most part, I enjoyed the book in such a way that I liked learning new things. As the story went on, I became invested in the background stories of Bleak, Sahara, Fiore, Swinton, Dash and the King. I feel like there’s so much more going in there, and I just can’t wait to know more! As I was fed more information, I grew to like the book more.
For all his arrogance, I really enjoyed the character of Swinton. He may be cruel and selfish at some points, but he’s also brutally honest about himself, and he doesn’t do well with self-pity nor guilt. He’s just such an interesting, dynamic character, and I can’t wait to learn more about him! Although Fiore doesn’t seem to have much of a story, I’m still interested in him because he’s such a funny and caring character. I think out of all the characters, I am most interested in Dash. He’s just the one that speaks the most to me, and I need to find out his story! I already have an inkling, but it would be nice to have those inklings verified.
I still felt like towards the end of the book, there were still so many questions left unanswered. I know that there’s going to be a second book, but I felt like this book gave us nothing at all, save for a few scraps. I felt like there were spots to the story that were left untold, and I really wasn’t satisfied with all the information that I got. In the end, I felt like I still didn’t know anything about the overall story arch.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, although I felt that there were some spots in the story and that there wasn’t much information given regarding the secrets in the whole story arch.