The Oremere Chronicles have been one of my absolute favorite underrated fantasy series ever. Talk about morally grey characters who will wring every piece of emotion from your heart. And War of Mist is a stunning series finale!
War is here.
Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.
Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all.
But the search is a treacherous one – and it will push her to the very limits of endurance.
Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?
As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
War of Mist is one of those series finales that makes not only your breath quicken, but reminds you of why you loved the series in the first place. You become proud of the characters, the hardships they have endured, and the relationships they have formed. All these threads that Scheuerer has been weaving, introducing, playing with, come together into a finale that is truly spectacular. I am such a huge fan of multiple perspectives, how they can communicate action, perspective, and personality and Scheuerer is a master of this.
Whether it be Dash’s love of baking, Henri and her sister’s tender relationship, Bleak’s new responsibilities, or Swinton’s road to forgiveness. All of these characters have entranced me. They are put on display, allowed to be as vulnerable, flawed, and human as the readers. War of Mist allows us to take a look back at how the events have changed us all. Taken from us, scarred us, made us into different people. There are the horrors of war, mangled bodies, and sacrifices you are forced to bear. Subterfuge, spycraft, and suspicion all wrapped into shadows at dusk.
Throughout War of Mist secrets are revealed with moss, rust, and age. With regret, sadness, and revelation. It presents us with the fears of the people we love leaving us. Having to stare loss in the face and accept selfless sacrifices. This book will make you cry. Even my stone heart shed tears. Because the joy and power of the entire series is that we are asked if we can change and become someone else, someone more. Not to mention that War of Mist just drives home the powerful statement made about the violence against women – something that’s been present since the beginning.
The Oremere Chronicles is one of those stories which you relish in, luxuriate, and is made richer by the history and the characters which has taken your breath away. We have all committed terrible mistakes, paid prices too high to bear, and sacrifices we regret. If you’ve been reading the reviews for the entire series, then you will know how deeply I love this series. If you’ve read them, then you will know exactly why you need to read this series finale.
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About the Author
After writing literary fiction for a number of years, Helen Scheuerer was inspired to return to her childhood love of fantasy thanks to novels like Throne of Glass, The Queen’s Poisoner, and The Queen of the Tearling.
Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit, an online learning platform for emerging writers. In its first year, Writer’s Edit reached thousands of new authors, and soon became its own small press, with Helen overseeing the production and publication of three creative writing anthologies. It’s now one of the largest writing websites in the world.
Helen now lives by the mountains of New Zealand and writes full time. She has many more books planned for the future.
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