Flamecaster: A Shattered Realms Novel
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Written by Cinda Williams Chima
Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Ash is a healer, a magician, and a prince on the run, bent on revenge. Believing his mother, the queen, and his little sister are safer if they believe him dead, he works his way ever closer to the Arden king, the man responsible for so much death close to Ash. Ash’s power does get him the attention he wants and doesn’t want. And there’s a girl…
Jenna always had that pesky magemark on the back of her neck. Her adopted dad always told her to be careful. For a girl that works in a mine, that’s a daily mantra. Jenna never really worried about the danger of fire and explosion in a mine. She had a sense about these things. Turns out she should have heeded her father’s warnings, for the king of Arden and other powerful people are looking for her, and do not care how many people get hurt during the hunt.
Of course with these two powerful and compelling teens comes a powerful and compelling story, full of love, death, and flames. This is the next generation of Cinda Williams Chima‘s Seven Realms series, the first of a four book set, Flamecaster brings back that world of magic in a can’t-put-it-down fantasy adventure.
You don’t have to have read the Seven Realms series to pick up and enjoy the heck out of this novel. In fact, I ordered the series because of this book. It was that good. The court intrigue is not easily figured out. Both young adults and not-so-young adults will find pleasure in the adventure, and the dangerous world where Jenna and Ash are the secretly important heroes. Even the supporting characters piqued my interest as they had their own secrets and complex motivations. The ending definitely surprised me and left me wanting more.
Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would 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 birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.