REIGN OF SHADOWS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Reign of Shadows

If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of REIGN OF SHADOWS by Sophie Jordan then you must do so now! This book is so unbelievably awesome you will devour it, you won’t be able to set it down, and you’ll be desperately awaiting the sequel.

I’m usually of the belief that not every book is to everyone’s taste, but I can’t imagine the reader who wouldn’t love this book. It’s a fairytale, it’s an adventure, it… okay so maybe I should stop gushing and rambling as my stop on the REIGN OF SHADOWS Blog Tour today is a review, which follows a bit further down in the post.

But this has to be my FAVORITE book of 2016. And while I might not have read that many books this year, this will hold up as one of my top favorites of the year. No question.

If you haven’t yet heard about REIGN OF SHADOWS check out the book’s description below. If you’d like to know what I thought in a less blather-y way, feel free to peek at my review. And if you’d like the chance to win some awesome prizes, including a SIGNED copy of this phenomenal book, enter in the Rafflecopter.

REIGN OF SHADOWS is a book (and series) not to be missed. Just check out some of the other tour reviews if you’d like to see what other bloggers thought. And if you really want a peek inside REIGN OF SHADOWS visit the excerpt stops – though be warned, one of them has a possible spoiler that might come as more of a surprise were you to discover it while reading.

Today may be the final stop on the tour, but you can catch up on any missed stops by scrolling down to the schedule at the bottom of this post which has direct links to all previous stops.



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Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


A world of darkness. A love that shines.

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

But that doesn’t stop Luna from longing for a life beyond the stifling tower walls. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer who has braved the Black Woods in search of a land where the sun still shines, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk.

When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is far more treacherous than Luna ever realized. Hideous, flesh-hungry creatures lurk behind every corner and each stranger they encounter has frightening ulterior motives.

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.


Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

Sophie Jordan’s REIGN OF SHADOWS is magical and unexpected and enchanting and breathtaking. Its first lines will transport you into an intriguing and terrifying world that has been plunged into darkness. It is a fairytale that begins with a princess trapped in a tower. It is an epic adventure filled with many obstacles and dangers and deadly foes. It is riveting and nerve-wracking and heartbreaking and amazing and absolutely unforgettable.

All Luna wanted was her freedom. Confined to the tower she’d lived in for most of her life, she wished for the chance to explore the world beyond its doors. Even the threat of danger wasn’t enough to dissuade her from wanting to leave behind the safety of the tower.

So when the opportunity to sneak out arose she took it. When her decision put her in a position to choose between her own safety and that of someone else, she chose to help. When her choices compromised the security of the tower and put her loved ones at risk she would have her freedom, even if she she didn’t truly want it.

Author Sophie Jordan introduces a main character who is heroic, kind-hearted, stubborn, and selfless. Luna is willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means leaving them behind. And even if it means putting her trust in a boy she barely knows, who has made it abundantly clear he wants nothing to do with her.

Fowler is a reluctant hero. He’s brave, a skilled fighter, and has the potential to be exactly who Luna needs him to be. But his past has forced him to keep secrets, to harden his heart, and to keep her at arm’s length for as long as he possibly can. Although with a harrowing journey ahead for them both, working together, learning from each other, becoming friends, becoming more than friends may be unavoidable.

REIGN OF SHADOWS invites you into a world where its ruler is a tyrant and a madman, where its citizens live in fear of what lurks in the almost constant darkness, and where only the strongest and bravest have a hope of surviving. It is a world where things do more than go bump in the night, and nearly every moment is night. It is a world that has evolved and adapted to its strange new inhabitants and to a ruthless existence for all.

Readers looking for a story that is imaginative and exciting and completely and utterly captivating, with gorgeous writing, romance, thrills and chills, hold-your-breath suspense, and a killer cliffhanger ending, will fall madly in love with this phenomenal first book in the series.

The Rating


Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card + SIGNED copies of REIGN OF SHADOWS, FIRELIGHT & UNINVITED – US only

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

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