Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I feel like this book is going to be getting lots of attention – it definitely deserves it!
There were points where I was reminded of Throne of Glass, Truthwitch and Frostblood; Helen Scheuerer creates such a fantastically detailed world that draws you in effortlessly.
In a world where magic is forbidden, Bleak has a secret; she can hear people’s thoughts. She desperately hides this fact with alcohol, and does everything in her power to keep her best friend in the dark regarding her ability. Despite her attempts, she receives a summons from the King, forcing Bleak to plot and plan her every move.
When Bleak meets the Valian kindred, I practically swooned. They’re a squad of hardcore female warriors, and they’re fucking beasts.
(While the Valian are fabulous, I did struggle to imagine where they lived. For some reason I couldn’t get Go Ape out of my mind.)
My favourite part of this book though is definitely the characters. While I loved Bleak instantly, she wasn’t perfect; she made mistakes, and every time she picked up a bottle of wine I felt like slapping her. BUT whenever she made a mistake she acknowledged that she was wrong, and did her best to right her wrong. And while her drinking made me sad, the idea of an alcoholic MC in a YA fantasy novel is totally new to me, and I really found it interesting.
A character that definitely grew on me was Henri. She irritated me at first, but I warmed to her. She kind of reminded me of a less homicidal Manon from Throne of Glass.
Heart of Mist is told from multiple POVs, and while I enjoyed Bleak’s the most, I did like how the POVs connected towards the end. There were no pointless chapters, and I liked that, even if sometimes they were a bit slow.
I’m so, so thankful to Helen Scheuerer for sending me an e-ARC of this book. It’s truly a delight, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it.