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Heart of Mist

(The Oremere Chronicles #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,260 ratings  ·  457 reviews
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital. But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak's powers.

The leader of an
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published August 25th 2017 by Talem Press
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Kyra Not really? There are some feelings of jealousy but it's not a full blown love triangle. I think the romance in Heart of Mist is handled really well; …moreNot really? There are some feelings of jealousy but it's not a full blown love triangle. I think the romance in Heart of Mist is handled really well; what romance there is, is complementary to the story and not used as a plot device.(less)
Helen Scheuerer 'The Oremere Chronicles' will be a trilogy, with the second book, 'Reign of Mist' due out in September :)…more'The Oremere Chronicles' will be a trilogy, with the second book, 'Reign of Mist' due out in September :)(less)
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5 Stars!

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I have so many questions relating to this, I went in knowing nothing about this, I can't even remember why I bought the book, but this was my number one read for January and I'm so glad that I've read it. This is a slow build kind of book, there's a lot of things you have to learn and still lots of things I don't know (hopefully I'll find out when Reign of Mist arrives so I can read that ASAP).

There's so much that drew me in with this, the characters, the setting, t
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m gonna start this review by saying that it’s not the book, it’s me. I think I’ve read too many fantasy books one after another that my expectations are set very high—a little too high, in fact.

Heart of Mist had an interesting premise. The reading experience is hard to explain because while the descriptions in the book were beautiful, I found the plot going much faster than I anticipated. The world building was intertwined with it
Alcohol deadens the sounds of the voices she hears and the things she sees in her mind. Bleak lost everything in her life twice and now she is on her own, with no one to lean on, no one trust with her secret, a secret that could get her killed, a secret others want for the power it will give them and no way to find a cure that could save her life, her sanity and even her future.

She grew up in a land where magic is forbidden and her kind, the Ashai were feared, hated and put to death in “The Mist
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 ☆

I'm not one to typically reread books but I've recently picked reading back up (so happy about that) and this book has not left my mind. I've been wanting to continue on with this series as I loved this book the first time I read and I can gladly say that it did not disappoint. I was just as enthralled by the writing and characters as I was back in 2017. I think it's a great set up for the next books and I can't wait to what's in tore for our badass leads!

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4.5/5 ☆

Sylvia Mercedes
HEART OF MIST is nothing short of a WOW read. It’s big, it’s epic, it’s dark . . . and it seriously took my breath away! Helen Scheuerer doesn’t pull any punches, plunging us immediately headlong into her dangerous world . . . and into the POV of her lead character, Bleak.

Bleak is a totally unusual heroine in this genre. In many ways, she’s the opposite of what I look for in a lead character. She’s a drunk, she’s self-pitying, she’s depressive (some might say whiny). But man! The author took ris
Kate (beautifulbookland)
2018 reread - okay so I loved this the first time around but omfg I’m bumping my rating up from 4 stars to 5 because any book that can keep you gripped even when you know what’s gonna happen is a total winner.


I feel like this book is going to be getting lots of attention - it definitely deserves it!

There were points where I was reminded of Throne of Glass, Truthwitch and Frostblood; Helen Scheuerer creates such a fantastically detailed world that draws you in effortlessly.

In a world whe
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

“No one deserved to feel unsafe in their own skin for someone else’s pleasure.”

I want to thank the author, who has been so kind of provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

TW: Alcohol Addiction & Abuse Attempted

I enjoyed the book, I think it's great when a fantasy is told in a way that can be read very easily while enjoying of the world, I mean, isn't heavy at all, but still, you have the possibility to enjoy the world where the story unfolds. I like how the author has decide
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Where do I even begin with this review!? Heart of Mist completely blew away the expectations I had for this novel. On receiving the synopsis from Scheuerer, I thought - okay a fantasy novel, I’m most likely going to like it, it’ll probably have some romantic plot line which will have me hook line and sinker… but I was not prepared for how much I would fall in love and for how different it
Bec (becklebooks)
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a gem of a book and I need the next one! I can't wait to see how this continues, I'll have a review up shortly, too! Will link it when it's written!

REVIEW! (Spoiler free.)

Helen approached me, asking if I’d like to read Heart of Mist, and as soon as I read the synopsis I KNEW I WANTED THE WHOLE THING. I loved Bleak. She’s so sarcastic, vulnerable and flawed. It’s not often you see a protagonist in YA drinking so profusely, so the way that shaped her character was incredibly unique and in
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

No spoilers in this rapid review. I give it 4.5 stars. I have read many good novels by debut authors recently, but Heart of Mist is easily the best one. In fact, it’s the best series opener I’ve read by any author in quite some time. It does what any great initial book needs to do: introduces complex characters, builds an intriguing world, and provides many mysteries, some solved in this book and some to be solved
Second time read and review.

Okay, first off.. I still hate the name Bleak. Even though she was more likable this time around - still can't like the name. No matter how many times I tried saying it out loud.. I just got easily annoyed.

Besides Bleak, Henri was okay but I honestly didn't give two shits about him. Yeah, they make a great team every now and then but just like with Bleak, they both annoyed me still. I don't know what it is about these two - they are just ugh!

Unsurprisingly, all of th
With Heart of Mist, I don’t think I can find enough words to fully and adequately express how much I loved it. To say that I found this novel to be delightful and refreshing is a huge understatement. I was so immersed in its story that every now and then, I questioned if I was actually under a spell. In fact, I’m almost absolutely certain that the copy Helen sent me was enchanted with the strongest and most potent of Valian herbs. Heart of Mist is simply, purely, wonderfully magic.

Bleak’s moral
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
Actual rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars

I originally have a three-page review for this book but I really, super tried to scrape off a page that I'm sure only amounted to my unnecessary rants, and practically sounded like an old broken record. So, here I am pointing out all the important things you should know about the Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer.

❥ Effective multiple points of view
Each character has their own distinct purpose that surrounds them with their own challenges, interconnected
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Review of Book 1-3.

Just devoured this series and it was awesome. I was hoping for some romance between Bleak and anyone, that didn't happen but it didn't spoil the story. I enjoyed seeing Bleak grow into her powers as the books went by.

After reading the third book I wanted more from that epilogue. All in all an enjoyable series.
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
This book had such potential but in the end it just fell flat.

It is a case of both having way too much going on but nothing really *happens* throughout the whole book. Sure, the writing was good but there was not a strong enough plot to hold it all together. There was a lot of travelling around and waiting but very little action in the long run.

There is another point that I would like to make. I think that authors feel the need to introduce all important characters in the first book, regardless
Filipa de Oliveira
Before I start writing coherently, I must to say: I NEED THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW!!!! Okay, ufff, I just needed to get that out there.

I do admit that when I started reading Heart of Mist I thought that it was yet another YA Fantasy novel with nothing new to offer. There were several similarities with Throne of Glass and I felt like I had read all that before already. Well, I was wrong, very wrong! Yes, there are certain aspects of Heart of Mist that have already been seen on other YA books featur
Sarah {The Clever Reader}
This story takes hold of you from the very beginning. It’s a YA fantasy that features the most unlikely of main characters. Bleak is a drunk who is known to be one of the town’s most renowned gutter rats. She’s taken one day to be presented to the king, or to her death if you were to ask her, but on the way she encounters a group of warrior women known as the legendary Kindred. Only then is her world turned upside down and she becomes aware of how different she really is.

Only a few of the many s
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-request
The plot has a lot of familiar fantasy elements: a heroine with unknown powers, a medieval high fantasy setting with kings and knights, political rivalries, forbidden magic, class tension, corrupt royalty, and rampant abuse towards women. As the story unfolds Heart of Mist adds some refreshing twists to the classic hero’s journey.

The thing that made this book really stand out to me was how the plot tackles various social issues. Bleak copes with her magical powers by drowning herself in alcohol
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
Bleak is a young girl who minds her own business and tries to keep her magical powers secret since it is illegal to use magic in the Kingdom of Arden. When King Arden's men arrest her for illegal magic use and try to hurt her, she is saved by the warrior tribe known as the Valia Kindred only to know that she is about to be part of something dark and sinister. Can Bleak survive? Read on and find out for yourself.

This is a great first book of the Oremire Chronicles Trilogy. It was action-packed, f
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the very first chapter I knew Heart of Mist was going to whisk me away to my dream fantasy world. I love books I can fully escape into, and Heart of Mist certainly gave me that. Not only was the worldbuillding and magic system thoughtful and interesting, but the characters (both major and minor) were well-rounded and felt real. They were going through realistic emotions that I could relate to, and they made me think about important themes (like alcoholism, family, i
Jen T
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised how different this book ended up being from my initial look at the synopsis. Don’t get me wrong, I was pulled in from the beginning. To explain my surprise – a lot of YA fantasy lately (to me and this my opinion) has always had some sort of love interest or a little romance. Not every book but a decent chunk of them. Now, in Heart of Mist, it hinted at bits and pieces of romance but there’s no definite road that I felt was shown. This book was refreshing in it felt lik ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not for me I couldn't finish it ...more
Kirsty Hanson
Surprisingly, I haven't heard a lot about this book around the blogosphere and the booktube community... But when I saw the cover when I was browsing Audible, I was immediately intrigued, so I read the premise and just spontaneously bought it. It sounded like just the kind of book that I really enjoy.

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bl
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Find this review and others on my blog Let Them Read Cake . This review contains spoilers!

“Bleak straightened herself; she wasn’t going to die for the king. She wasn’t going to become a prisoner or experiment of his. She’d rather die with salt water in her lungs and mist in her heart. She was free. She had to try.”

Hey, guys! I am back with a review for Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer! I found this book at random on Goodreads and downloaded it onto my e-reader right away. It sounded really coo
Maggie • Library of Colors
Also posted at Library of Colors.

I want this to be as spoiler free as possible, so let’s just sum up the things that I absolutely loved about this book.

Characters. Helen’s characters are deep - I felt like I was really able to get to know them, leaving me loving most but also having strong feelings about others. Fiore <3 was a character I loved getting to know, and of course Bleak was someone I didn’t expect to connect with so much. The way Helen writes about addiction and drowning away pain is
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coverlove
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to read Heart of Mist, since I'd seen so many good reviews on it. I also checked Goodreads and lots of my friends gave the book 4/5 stars. I do read and have read a lot of YA Fantasy, but sometimes I find a book that is unique in the bunch. This book was unique as well and it's highly enjoyable. I definitely want to read the other books as well. It didn't feel like 487 pages at all.

Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This unique, character-driven fantasy novel really gripped me. Helen's training in literary fiction shined through this debut, and part of what made this book strong was its emphasis on the characters' emotional development throughout the novel. There's action and adventure, but I always got the feeling that this novel is about so much more than just kingdoms rivaling each other. The Valians are the female-led battle society that make this story so fascinating!

In the novel, we have this mysterio
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I already can't wait to reread this book as soon as I can get my hands on a print copy! The inside is as gorgeous as the outside. The writing is beautiful and the story is exciting, and I loved how addictive it was. Now to wait for Book Two! ...more
Justine from Novels and Panda
Reading Heart of Mist was such a wonderful experience. I enjoyed every page and minute of it.

Here’s some reasons why:

~ I love the magic. Sure we had seen countless from the others before but the way it was presented? It was like eating my favorite candy the first time. It was enchanting. I adore it and excited to delve into more of it in Reign of Mist!


~ I love the pacing. Heart of Mist was fast, full of turns, palm sweating excitement, secrets, action, strong points of beliefs, that I gripped al
Sara W
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good fantasy adventure and this series-starter by debut author Hellen Scheuerer didn't disappoint. If you're a YA fantasy fan, add it to your "Want to Read" list now. :)

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Helen Scheuerer is the YA fantasy author of the bestselling novels, Heart of Mist, Reign of Mist and War of Mist. These books are part of the trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles. The series has been highly praised for its strong, flawed female characters and its action-packed plots. It has often been likened to Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series, and the epic #girlpower film, Wonderwoman.

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