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Published: January 30, 2018
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Synopsis: Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.
But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.
This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.
Opinion: On this day, January 18th, 2018, I may be jumping the gun here but I think this may be one of the best, if not THE best, books of 2018. I was kind of iffy with it after reading many other reviews from other bloggers that I follow but I am so glad that I did read this. I think this may be one of my favorites novels of all time. I am not exaggerating. Reading Reign the Earth really sets my standards extremely high for the rest of the year.
There are themes in this novel that I feel should come with a little warning label. The main character, Shalia, is physically and emotionally abused by her husband. One thing that I did not see in others reviews, which in no way makes this right, is that we are in another land. This isn’t 21st century this is a different time and place. Once again, that in no way makes it right. Shalia recognizes that she does not deserve to be treated that way. I will leave it at that.
I think Shalia is one of my favorite female leads I have read about in a long time. As I mentioned above, she recognizes she doesn’t deserve to be treated the way she is being treated. I would say the author implements actions and traits into Shalia that we see in situations similar to hers which is what makes this story so real and emotional. Throughout reading my heart would just ache for the characters and in my opinion, it takes an amazing author to make you feel so deeply for their characters.
I definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a stellar new release in 2018. It will not let you down!
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★
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