Title: Reign the Earth
By: A.C. Gaughen
Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Summary from Goodreads: 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 Scarletwill hold readers spellbound.
Review: There was a lot going on with this book. It was very heavy and emotionally exhausting. It took me a while to get through because it made me tired just to read a few chapters. The story was dark, full of many hard issues that I thought the author handled well, but not something I was expecting. There was an arranged marriage and pregnancy. Through the whole thing, I just felt like the main character was really juvenile.
The story was interesting though, and I think that's what kept me reading. It would be a great book for someone who likes darker fantasies with deep content. I wasn't in the mood for such a read, but maybe it would be something I could read again when I want something dark.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.