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Flamecaster (Shattered Realms) Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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“With full-blooded, endearing heroes, a well-developed supporting cast and a detail-rich setting, Chima explores the lives of two young adults, one at the top of the world and the other at the bottom, struggling to find their place and protect those they love.” (Publishers Weekly for The Demon King)
“Fans will pore over every detail and beg impatiently for the sequel. Riveting.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) for The Exiled Queen)
“The story lines are intricately plotted and the characters fully realized, even as questions about truth, loyalty, and power are explored.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) for The Exiled Queen)
“Chima navigates with graceful ease through multiple viewpoints and intricately realized settings united only by a subtle current of magic. Every character is both likable and flawed, written with such clear-eyed compassion that it impossible not to sympathize with all their competing goals.” (Kirkus Reviews for The Gray Wolf Throne)
“Chima’s tour-de-force world-building keeps readers apt, with cutthroat action sequences running parallel to the political ones.” (Horn Book Magazine for The Gray Wolf Throne)
“Betrayal, war, and the faith of lovers all come around to a glorious conclusion as Chima weaves together her geopolitical, magical, romantic, and even mythical themes on an epic scale.” (The Horn Book for The Crimson Crown)
From the Back Cover
A BURNING VENGEANCE
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life, but to take it?
A BLOOD-BASED CURSE
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would one day make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
DESTINY’S FIERY HAND
Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, Ash and Jenna will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.
A wizard PRINCE in exile, thirsting for REVENGE.
A girl with a curse, striking back against a RUTHLESS king.
Together, they will burn the kingdom to its rotten core.
Praise for Cinda Williams Chima
“Cinda Williams Chima’s worlds bristle with magic, romance, and intrigue. She delivers poignant, sweeping fantasy with a deft hand.”—Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow and Bone
“Vividly drawn and lusciously executed.”—VOYA on The Exiled Queen
“Fans will pore over every detail and beg impatiently for the sequel. Riveting.”—Kirkus Reviews on The Exiled Queen (starred review)
“Indispensable.”—Kirkus Reviews on The Gray Wolf Throne (starred review)
“Simply brilliant.”—Kirkus Reviews on The Crimson Crown (starred review)
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I didn't much read the blurb to the book and I skimmed reviews so I never really knew what was going to happen in this book. I just knew that Chima wrote it and I wanted it so I got it. I thought that the Seven Realms series was over and I was happy and then they weren't (in a sense) and the beginning of this book destroyed me =( ***MILD SPOILERS***
And at first I blamed the person that blamed them self in the book for what happened. But I knew I just had to read the book and not think about the beginning.
Also, there are people out there that think book readers are crazy to get so invested in their books. I have to say that people like us, the bookaholics, book geeks, book nerds, book dragons, worms - whatever you want to call us - have a great passion for the world of books and there is not a thing wrong with being invested in anything that you love. The only harm that comes from this is maybe, too much crying, too much yelling, not enough sleep. Now let us begin!
Adrian (Ash) sul'Han is a healer and he goes off to the school his mom and dad went to so he can learn more. Then after some time someone is trying to kill him so that doesn't work out. Ash meets a girl named Lila Barrowhill that saves his life and tries to get him back home to his mom and sister. But, he doesn't want to go THERE, he wants to kill the king. That rat b•••••d who destroys lives and everything in it! I wanted to see him burn. <--- Hehe, I just, nevermind.
So Ash ends up in the stables of the good ole King arsehat, I mean, King Montaigne, where he helps the animals and finally makes his way into the palace. And of course he meets Lila there because she is Lila and she is good and OMG she is connected to the old books. Anyhoo . . .
We get to meet Jenna Bandelow in the beginning of the book too. That part made me mad too. I just loathed that King through-out the whole book. I mean, loathed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jenna has a mage mark on the back of her neck and all of the sudden some Empress Celestine across the way wants her. This puts old King Montaigne on her trail because she must be worth something if the Empress wants her. The twat puts her in the dungeon and things are found out, slowly but surely. I mean Jenna didn't know much of anything about her past, only that she was adopted and her parents didn't know much either. OH, but she is so much more and when I found out I got me some chills! Lord have mercy, I can't wait to read more about her and Flamecaster =)
I was so happy at the ending of this book. I did a little couch dance and I laughed and cried. It's so freaking amazing!
There is some love in the book but it doesn't really have time to manifest, but I just thought I would mention it.
I can only hope there are good things on the horizon for this little group I have grown to love. And the new edition as well! ♥
But we all know how Chima likes to break our hearts so I should probably start hating everyone and everything right now!
I have read all of this author's books and she is a favorite for sure. But she shattered my heart in this one, and I honestly almost did not read it after that. Not every character gets or should get a HEA in a book, especially a series - but some of them deserve to.
This book is the story of the same world as the Seven Realms series is but years later. Some of the same characters are in the story but there are many new ones. Ash is the son of Han and Raisa, and is as one would expect, a compelling and competent young man. I liked him a lot. He has magical powers of course, but has chosen a different route than wizards in the previous books. The girl in the book (because of course there is one), Jenna, starts out as a worker in the mines and is in hiding. She has a strange mage mark on her neck and has no idea why, but knows it has to be kept hidden. I am not crazy about the instant love thing in books, and it just didn't work for me. There is a mystery throughout which keeps it interesting. I can't help but wish it had not begun like it did. I don't really understand why that had to be. It pretty much ruined it for me which in a way is a tribute to the author who created such wonderful characters with a beautiful slow progressing love story in The Seven Realms. I have come back and revised this review after much thought (because I could not stop thinking about it) and I don't plan to read the next book.
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The Seven Realms Series is one of my favorites and this one was such a disappointment.Read more