Friday, April 29, 2016

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima (Shattered Realms book 1)

SPOILER ALERT! Flamecaster is set in same world as her Seven Realms series. A generation (twenty years) has passed. Reading the previous series isn’t necessary to enjoy this book but it will have a much bigger impact.

“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.”

“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 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?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mysterious 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 king, they 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. “ -

I LOVED the Seven Realms series and hated to leave it. I was super excited to read about the next generation. I don’t want to go into too many details and spoil the opening any more than has already been done. The vast majority of the book does occur four years later after the horrific beginning for the two main characters. Details of the lives they now live play out before their meeting. A couple of great supporting characters are also introduced who have a secret twist to the previous series. The insta-love that occurred between the two was just a bit of a turn off but overall, I cannot wait to see where Ms. Chima takes the story.

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