Incredible Series Starter: Reign the Earth by A.C Gaughen

Posted February 2, 2018 by Ely in Reviews / 3 Comments

Reign the Earth Book Cover Reign the Earth
The Elementae #1
A.C. Gaughen
YA Fantasy
January 30th 2018

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 Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

*I received this book as part of the Reign the Earth street team. This in no way affected my opinions.


I’ll admit, going into this book I wasn’t sure that I was going to like it. I’d briefly seen that it had a few mixed reviews on Goodreads, and was a little tentative after that. I’ll discuss those reviews a little later on, but for now, I just have to say that Reign the Earth was incredible.

From the moment I picked it up, I was completely sucked in by the world and characters. I have to admit that I never loved with the main character, Shalia—I don’t know what it was. I guess she felt like a lot of other YA heroines, and I’d been expecting a little more from her. However, I loved the supporting characters so much that it didn’t really bother me. I have to say, I think my favourite was Kairos—he was just such a wonderful character and brother, and I would protect him with my life. But honestly, all of the characters were an absolute joy to read about, even the not so good ones.

The plot is very basic. We’ve all heard the marrying of two kingdoms story before, as well as the whole elemental thing. But there was still something so unique and intriguing about the whole thing. I don’t really know what it is, but it definitely sucked me in. I’ve never read any of A.C. Gaughen’s books before, but if she can build worlds like this, then clearly I’ve been missing out! If you are a reader who loves some good world-building, I would definitely recommend this.

Onto those reviews. A lot of the three stars reviews I’ve seen have are talking about how the cover suggests this book as being a light fantasy read when it is definitely not. And I totally agree—this book is dark and deals with some really serious topics. If you’re looking for something light-hearted, then this is not the book for you. But if you’re okay with dark themes, then this is definitely worth a read.

So all in all, this book blew me away. I think this series has the potential to become one of my all-time favourites. Now to wait for the second book to be announced.

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3 responses to “Incredible Series Starter: Reign the Earth by A.C Gaughen

  1. This sounds very interesting! I wasn’t sure whether I would pick it up at first because it just seemed like every other YA fantasy I’m reading. I know that sounds terrible, but I hope you know what I mean. I do love worldbuilding, and I have to admit I’m more interested now you’ve said that this book deals with some dark topics.

    You’ve convinced me, Ely!

  2. Yay I’m glad you enjoyed this Ely! I was among the ones that only liked this haha. But I completely agree about the side characters, especially Kairos, Someone I found myself drawn to her family more than her?

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