Published by Talem Press
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.
But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.
The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.
Heart of Mist was a book that I borrowed from Kindle Unlimited and I actually really loved it. It reminded me a lot of A Throne of Glass, especially the way the kingdom worked and the king maintains power, there are obvious differences but it made me think of it all the way through. I think it was definitely a better read than some of the others that I have borrowed. I think the magic system that surrounds this book and story, plus the world was amazingly well written and described. Plus there was a lot of politics which is always an added bonus for me because that’s something I’m always looking for.
I think what really got me interested in Heart of Mist was definitely the characters. There was a lot of intrigue and mystery surrounding it all, one thing I would say is sometimes the relationships in this book left me feeling a little frustrated and a little confused. I kind of wished that there had been a little more focus on why and how instead of the who. Saying that I really loved the way women were represented and used in this book, it went beyond the “strong-woman” stereotype that seems to be all over YA at the moment.
The best part about Heart of Mist would have to be the society that has been created in the woods and the way that they utilise their people. I think the way that Bleak even in the centre of her self-pity questions this makes a real difference to the story and the way my opinion formed about the characters. I find reading stories, where a society is trying it’s best but is fundamentally flawed, are some of the best and some of my favourites! Which Heart of Mist definitely has a whole load off!
I will say that the ending was a little predictable for me, there is a lot of different tropes that run all the way through this book, which is definitely something you should be aware of when you go into this book. It does sometimes fall into the trap of YA tropes but not to the point where it was unbearable!
I will definitely be recommending Heart of Mist and I have already borrowed the next one in the series from Kindle Unlimited and that’s actually in my December TBR
Have you ever read Heart of Mist? Or what books would you recommend from Kindle Unlimited? Let me know in the comments!