For seventeen years the earth has been experiencing an eclipse. There is one hour per day where the world lightens a bit, but there is no such thing as sunshine. Luna has been living a sheltered life in a tower hidden in the woods. She was born on the day of the eclipse, to the king and queen of Relhok. When they were brutally murdered, Luna was swept away to the tower by Perla and Sivo, servants to the king and queen. They have acted as her parents ever since.
Luna longs to go outside, but Perla won't have it. Only for short periods with Sivo. You see, there are dwellers in the darkness (basically zombies that feed on anything.) When Luna sneaks out and returns with three strangers, one who is seriously wounded, her life changes. The tower becomes unsafe, and Luna is sent across the continent with one of the strangers, Fowler. There are more secrets and details to the story that make it compelling. Including a potential romance.
Once again, this isn't a book, it's an episode of a soap opera. I really hate that in books. But it seems to be totally acceptable these days, so that's all I'm going to say about it. Except that Reign of Shadows has one of the worst cliffhangers I've ever read. Just be warned. You are left hanging -- literally.
I loved the premise. The darkness. The dwellers and other bad creatures they encounter. And around it all is the politics -- of Luna being the true queen and keeping her identity a secret. Fowler just may have some secrets of his own too. If you like apocalyptic stories that deliver the excitement, you will enjoy Reign of Shadows. I can certainly think of a lot of teens that will enjoy this.
Published by HarperTeen February 9, 2016
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
Back to Annette's Book Spot Homepage Copyright © 2016 Annette's Book Spot. All Rights Reserved