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The series follows Bleak, Commander Dimitri Swinton, Henrietta Valia - Queen of the Valia Kindred - and a young stable boy named Dash. In a world where being an Ashai and possessing magical abilities can have you killed, a dangerous mist is threatening lives, and a war is on the horizon, all four of these characters play their part and find out there is much more to them and their world than any of them ever knew.
I like that throughout the series, including the prequel short stories in Dawn of Mist, that we get to see many sides to these characters. It was also refreshing that traits and histories that are often employed as something terrible were used in a more positive way, explaining more of how these things were necessary and how people can make those desperate decisions without them being a bad person.
The magic system, the plot and the way it all played out and unfolded over the novels and short stories, and the amazing storytelling by Helen Scheuerer makes this one of my favourite series! I was addicted from the first page until that incredible conclusion and will definitely be diving back into the Oremere Chronicles again (and again, and again...)
Heart of Mist - ☆☆☆☆ - I struggled a little with the POV changes not being clearly marked but was captivated by the plot, characters and flow of the storytelling. Reign of Mist - ☆☆☆☆ - a wonderful continuation of HoM, but some POV changes still bothered me. War of Mist - ☆☆☆☆☆ - AMAZING! A brilliant conclusion to the trilogy. Required tissues. Dawn of Mist - ☆☆☆☆☆ - Added a richer history and showed more of the characters I had grown to love.
I’ve read the whole series except for Dawn of Mist, so when the Omnibus came out I jumped straight on it. Helen Scheuerer creates an immersive world that anyone can get lost in. I greatly appreciate the feminist themes and empowered characters, somewhat atypical of many books within this genre, and a great inspiration. So chuffed to now have the whole collection!!
Okay now that I've done that, here's why you need to: The Oremere Chronicles omnibus not only has all 4 books in the series (so no more desperate searching for the next book), it is a YA Fantasy powerhouse. Helen Scheuerer writes a perfect fusion of high fantasy and realism in this series, with magic & human struggles set against the backdrop of a rich landscape.
Bleak, the main character, can hear people's thoughts. Her search for a way to stop this is doomed to failure, especially when powerful people like the King and Valia Kindred find out what she can do. With a toxic mist spreading out across the land Bleak is caught up in events so much bigger than herself.
I can't emphasise how much I absolutely LOVE this series. Scheuerer writes in the vein of Kate Forsyth, Sarah J Maas & Alison Croggon. But soon we'll all be using her as a reference of how to write incredible fantasy. Very few authors can give such gritty realism in a fantasy setting and deliver it well. Scheuerer does it effortlessly.
I repeat, you need to buy this omnibus of the series!
So excited to see these books released as a full collection! The writing throughout all of the books is phenomenal and there is such depth to the characters that it’s hard not to grow attached to them all. I tend to get weary with fantasy, but Helen has integrated it seamlessly into the storyline. Highly recommend buying as a full collection because there are so many mind blowing plot twists and surprises that you will not want to wait to buy the next book, waiting for War of Mist to be published was so painful but 100% worth it! Cannot wait to see what’s in store for Helen next.
What a ride!! I really enjoyed getting lost in this series and it was exactly what I needed. The characters, the world building, the whole journey of this series is just so good! My favourite books were definitely book 1 and 3 followed closely by Dawn Mist which was exactly what I needed when I wanted more of these characters!
The magic, the strong females, the multiple POV and the plot twists. You can tell Helen put so much love into this series.
If you're a lover of fantasy and are looking for your a series to dive into, I highly recommend this one, and the omnibus is such a nice little package of fantasy goodness to have on your Kindle!
I loved the world that was created in The Oremere Chronicles. The characters are beautifully developed throughout the series. The magic system in The Oremere Chronicles was amazing and one of my favourite systems I have read in a series so far and I couldn’t stop reading the stories. Have the series together as the chronicles was great as I could just continue reading and not change out to the next book
The Oremere Chronicles sits as one of my favourite fantasy series of all time and I'm so excited to see this as a full collection. Helen's writing is perfect for the genre and fantastic in its own right; she deserves so much more recognition as her craft is on par to Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo. It’s like she plucks magic from the sky and breathes life into new worlds and systems. Helen is a true master at weaving together magic, mystery, passion and politics. She also fleshes out a diverse cast of characters and makes us fall in love with them. I can't recommend this series enough. Don't sleep on it! It's worth every second.
I absolutely love these books! It has been so refreshing to dive into a new world that is rich is creativity, magic, female strength and an exploration of the human condition. Highly recommend! I’m so excited to have the box set now! I have a feeling I’ll be collecting many more books from Helen Scheuerer for years to come. Her work is amazing!
The world-building and the sense of imagination and fantasy are excellent. However, as we progress through the books the author increasingly drifts away from the main story arc with too many side jaunts down rabbit holes that ultimately lead nowhere. If a story element does nothing to propel the plot, why is it even there?
The author is a good writer in terms of clarity and technique, but she needs to learn how to streamline and pare out the non-essentials. Not every clever idea has to be jammed into a story -- they can be written down, then set aside and saved for another book. As Stephen King memorably said, "Kill your darlings."