I’ve been lucky enough to be able to follow Helen and this series along its incredible journey, and I can’t be more thankful. Not only have I had the chance to work with an incredible author, Helen is also one of the loveliest souls, and I’m incredibly grateful that she’s allowed me to be among the first to read her incredible books.
Because War of Mist is the stunning conclusion to this series, as well as posting my review, I thought it would be fun to send Helen some typical high school superlatives.
If I had to name my top five under appreciated series, these books would definitely be included. It has everything you could ever want in a fantasy book; enchanting magic, badass warrior ladies, complex characters, gorgeous writing and stunning world building.
Still not sold? Well, one of the main characters is a recovering alcoholic who rides a panther.
Helen is one of those magical authors whose writing style and world building are so distinct and comforting that it’s just like snuggling up under a well-loved blanket. Despite not rereading Reign of Mist before reading War of Mist (which goes against everything I believe in), it was incredibly easy to slip back into this stunning world.
One of the things I love about these books is the absolutely, fabulously, morally grey characters. Pretty much the only characters that I haven’t disliked at some point in this series are Bleak (just because she’s my queen) and Dash (just because he’s a cinnamon roll who needs to be protected at all costs). But then I go straight back to liking them again because they’re complex and I swoon for complex characters.
I’ve said it in both of my other reviews for this series, but I absolutely adore Bleak and her character arc; I love her addiction story line, and the show of support she gets from her peers. I also love how her addiction is displayed as a continuous battle, as opposed to just having her magically recover one day and never want to touch another drop of alcohol; it’s so realistic, and I think Helen did a fantastic job on it.
Speaking of support, the bromance between Henri and Swinton is one of my new favourite things. They’ve developed such a grudging respect for each other, and I absolutely love it.
This is such a magical series, and I’m so thrilled to have been a part of the ride. Helen has become an auto-buy author for me, and I can’t wait to see where her career takes her next!
Here are some common superlatives that I sent to Helen, and I absolutely love her responses!
- Most likely to survive The Hunger Games
Definitely Henri, Sahara and Athene. Henri and Athene are elite, disciplined warriors through-and-through, so they’d have no problem doing whatever it took to win. Whereas Sahara, because she’s been a rebel for a long while now, she might bring something a little more creative to the arena.
- Most likely to be Instagram famous
Haha, I love this one! Definitely Eydis, she’s all about those daring gowns and cute dogs…
- Most likely to win the X Factor
Ohhhh that’s a hard one… I feel like it would be someone you wouldn’t expect, perhaps Chief Yaridha from the Janhallow Desert… He comes across all big and gruff and threatening, but maybe he has the voice of an angel?
- Most likely to be a Vine superstar
Luka. I just feel like she’s got the right personality?
- Gives the best hugs
Fi, for sure. For one thing, he’s probably one of the most approachable, friendly characters in the whole series. Plus, I imagine him as this towering figure who’d be great at bear hugs.
- Most likely to write a bestselling book
Allehra? She’s been around a long time and seen a lot of things. Or maybe Bleak when she’s older? For some reason I’m imagining these both as autobiographies. Perhaps if it were a fiction book, Fi – because he’s a naturally gifted storyteller anyway.
- Most likely to start a Bookstagram
Hmmm, that’s a tricky one. Perhaps Tilly, one of Henri’s elite kindred? She has an artistic eye when it comes to wood carvings, so perhaps she’d also be creatively inclined when it came to books?
- Cutest couple
Swinton and Therese. There’s something quite timid and innocent about their semi-romance…
It’s a hard question because no relationship in the series is straightforward, and romance isn’t a major element to the books!
- Best dressed
Eydis, hands down. Her dresses are killer!
- Biggest prankster
I feel like Luka and Dash would make a hilarious team of pranksters. They’ve already got such a playful dynamic, I’d love to see them as the Weasley twins of the Oremere Chronicles!
WAR OF MIST, the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s The Oremere Chronicles is slated for release July 25. You can add it on Goodreads here (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44780383-war-of-mist).
About the author
Helen Scheuerer is a YA fantasy author from Sydney, Australia. Her debut novel, Heart of Mist, was the bestselling first instalment in her trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
After writing literary fiction for a number of years, she was inspired to return to her childhood love of fantasy by reading the work of Sabaa Tahir, V.E. Schwab and Sarah J. Maas.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing, and a Master of Publishing. She is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit (www.writersedit.com), one of the world’s largest online learning platforms for emerging writers.
She is now a full-time author living amidst the mountains in New Zealand.
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