Book Review: Rise of Fire

Book Review: Rise of FireRise of Fire by Sophie Jordan
Series: Reign of Shadows #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 7th 2017
Pages: 304

The richly suspenseful sequel to Sophie Jordan’s romantic fantasy Reign of Shadows.

Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.

Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the king discovers both Fowler's and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.

Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler, but the power she was destined to inherit.



Rise of Fire is the sequel to Reign of Shadows, which I loved and left off on this terrible cliffhanger! While Luna and Fowler are separated at the beginning, they find each other, but Fowler is in a perilous situation. Approached by soldiers from a neighboring kingdom, she cannot refuse their aide, as nothing can cure him that she knows of. Lagonia offers the pair refuge, but things gets messy when they realize who Luna really is – the lost princess of Relhok.

Luna finds herself suddenly engaged to a prince she barely knows and kept separate from Fowler, who has now just met his betrothed – the princess of Lagonia. Not all is right in this kingdom, as Luna stumbles upon some secret events that take place in the night and realizes the crueler nature of the King of Lagonia. Luna is determined to find her way out of the situation, but can she do it without the help of Fowler – who seems to like his betrothed and is still trying to heal?

I love this duology and how it wrapped up somewhat neatly towards the end. I wasn’t sure it would, because there are quite a few trilogies out there. I love the romance and the choices the pair have to make. They must decide what is best for their country Relhok.


Full of action, drama, and romance, Rise of Fire is a mix of fairy tale and horror wrapped into one.


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