Feb 11, 2018

Guest Review: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Title: Reign the Earth
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Hardcover, 448 Pages
Published January 2018

Summary: 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.

Today on the blog we have a guest review from Annie over at Read3r'z Re-VuShe's super awesome and provided us with a review of Reign the Earth, a book that was released just last month but we hadn't gotten a chance to read yet. So we're really loving this guest posting feature, because it gives us the chance to show you guys thoughts on some books that we may not have read yet, and we're learning about these books in the process, too! 

Alright, enough with our rambling. It's time for Annie's review!

This was one book that had me on the edge of my seat as I was gasping, cringing and rapidly turning the page to simply know what happened next. The plot was interesting as it follows the story of a young girl, Shalia, who is a proud yet naive daughter of the desert and after many years of war with another tribe/kingdom, she was used as a pawn via an arranged marriage with the king of the opposing tribe as a means to bring peace to both worlds. Shalia’s betrothed, Calix, the king, is motivated by a strong desire to kill all who identify as Elementae – magical people who have powers that can control the elements: earth, air, wind and fire.
So the question is, when two worlds become one family, what becomes of the proud, naive daughter of the desert when she is crowned queen as a result of this arranged marriage and learns of her new husband’s plans then later discovers her true self once she is thrown into this whole new world?
I found it was interesting to follow Shalia’s perspective during the story and how she grows as a character when taken out of her world of order and thrown into a world of chaos where, for her, it’s sink or swim – follow what is expected of her to retain peace or question everything, be true to herself and risk war. Does she thrive or just manage to survive?
This story is dark and it does take you on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. For some of the themes covered, I would be more likely to recommend this to older YA readers, adults who enjoy fantasy fiction stories or who, like me, LOVE stories set in the desert. This had a great plot, is fast paced and it even confused me when I was trying to decide where my loyalties were during the story. I would love to read the sequel!!
Many thanks to Bloomsbury Publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.

We'd like to once again thank Annie for stopping by The Book Bratz today to post this guest review. You can read the original review over on her blog by clicking HERE!

Annie in the best habitat -- being stuck in a book! :-)

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