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Reign the Earth


Reign the Earth

Shalia, the protagonist of REIGN THE EARTH by A. C. Gaughen, is a daughter of the desert. When the King of the Bone Lands proposes peace with her people, she is willing to give up her freedom in order to become his Queen. In the Bone Lands, magic is outlawed. But sometime after accepting the King's hand, Shalia discovers she can control Earth. Shalia must learn to control this newfound power before someone else notices the power within her.

The protagonist, Shalia is daring, relatable and extremely caring. I found her adjustment to life as queen extremely fresh. Unlike many other peasant-turned-royal characters, Shalia seemed to hold onto her kind and loving nature while also performing queenly duties where she exhumed pride and confidence. Each scene seemed a surprise as readers waited to see how Shalia would react. Her sass, her small jabs and her remarks were absolutely gold.

"Filled with in-depth characters, heart-pounding action and superb world building, REIGN THE EARTH is the book you need to read next."

The slow burn romance in REIGN THE EARTH will give readers all the feels. Gaughen builds all her relationships gorgeously. However, Danae's character felt too rushed to be appreciated. From the beginning, readers immediately warm up to her as she is a face of kindness in this strange land. However, when Shalia begins uncovering secrets, Danae rushes into telling them without question. I wish there had been a bit more anticipation.

Calix, the King of the Bone Lands, meanwhile, wins villain of the year. He is absolutely the worst, in the best way possible. This book is more than just your standard fantasy novel, it's a wonderfully structured story that pulls at your heart with amazing complex relationships, a burning romance and an inspiring and empowering female lead.

Despite my undying love for fantasy, I must admit that most books of the genre suffer from dumping too much information at once on the reader which usually creates a slow pace. REIGN THE EARTH suffers from no such element. Gaughen builds her world gently, giving information as needed. The writing is very well-paced. I've never before read a book by Gaughen, but REIGN THE EARTH will certainly not be my last. Her style is fantastic with tremendous amounts of visual details to keep readers enthralled.

The ending was as action-packed as ever, the twists just kept coming like punches in a boxing match. I'm still feeling the hurt (but it's a good hurt, you know). REIGN THE EARTH by A.C Gaughen is a fantastic fantasy that keeps readers on the edge of their seat. Filled with in-depth characters, heart-pounding action and superb world building, REIGN THE EARTH is the book you need to read next.

It should be noted that this is book one of The Elementae series. After the masterpiece that is REIGN THE EARTH, I am looking forward to where Gaughen leads the story next. I only wished the sequel was released already; I need to know what happens!

Reviewed by Jeanna Michel on January 29, 2018

Reign the Earth
by A. C. Gaughen

  • Publication Date: January 22, 2019
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
  • ISBN-10: 168119113X
  • ISBN-13: 9781681191133