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09 October 2019

Book Review: Reign: The Prophecy by Lily Blake

As you know from my review of Reign: Darkness Rises, my name is Cora and I am trash for Reign. And the books that tie in with the series.

This review contains mild spoilers for series one of Reign, as this book is set around the events at the end of the series.

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An original novel based on the hit television series, Reign.

Since Mary, Queen of Scotland was a child, the English have wanted her country and her crown. She is sent to France to wed its next king--to save herself and her people.

It's a bond that should protect her, but there are forces that conspire... Forces of darkness, forces of the heart.

Mary's rule, and her life, has never been safe.

Find out what happens to Mary, Francis, Bash, and the rest of the French court after the season one finale.

Long may she reign.

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5 Words: Love, secrets, plotting, death, royalty.

To read these you kind of have to have seen the show, or you will have no idea what is going on. Reign: The Prophecy directly ties in with the end of season one of the TV show.

If you have seen the show then you'll know it's wildly historically inaccurate and fantastical. And sometimes that's just what I need. I love Reign and now that it's finished I need more. This book was a nice companion to the TV show, and expanded on some story lines that were not really explored on screen.

This book is not so good if you ship Francis and Mary, because although there's plenty of love between them there is also a huge dose of Francis and Lola (boo, hiss). But it almost felt like this was deleted scenes from the show itself, the story offers a greater depth to the characters and the story arc from the show, and it did make me consider it differently.

I liked the pace of this story. It was a lot faster than I was expecting, and there was a sense of urgency in the writing that really emphasised this. As with Darkness Rises, there was a fairytale quality to the writing and the story which made it a lovely read.

If you enjoyed the show, read this. It's a pleasant, easy read that further explores the motivations of central characters.


  1. I didn't know there were books!! I'd like to watch the TV show 😊

    Shirley |

  2. I had no idea there were books of this! I have heard a lot about the show though. Great review!

  3. I have no idea what that TV show is, or these books, but I love that cover.

  4. Great review, I haven't watched the show or read the book but they sound interesting! :)

  5. These reviews make me want to start the series! I am hoping to soon!


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