June 24, 2016

Review: Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Title: Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1)
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 5th 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4.5/5

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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 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.

Destiny’s fiery hand.

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.

Flamecaster is the first book of the Shattered Realms series, which is the spin-off of the Seven Realms series and takes place 25 years after the end of the series.

One of the main characters is Adrian sul'Han, Prince of the Queendom of Fells and son of Raisa and Han, to whom they refer to as Ash. Ash is a wizard like his father, but specializes in healing magic. Due to an important event at the beginning of the story, Ash wants to seek revenge and his target is the cruel King of Arden, which had been at war with the Queendom of Fells for the last 25 years.

Jenna Bandelow who lives in Delphi, a mining town, she had been forced to work in the mines since she was a child and because of an incident with the cruel King of Arden, she joins a group called patriots trying to cause damage against King and his guard. Jenna has a strange mark on the back of her neck called magemark and also has visions of the future.

For different reasons the paths of Ash and Jenna intersect at the court of Arden, and the attraction is almost instantaneous, The romance is almost instant-attraction unlike in the previous series.

This book is action-packed, there´s never a dull moment, it build slowly the plot and is full of intrigue, revenge and has some unexpected twists and turns. I can not wait to read the next book in the series. Flamecaster is a epic fantasy novel and can be read without having read the previous series, but I do recommend you first read the Seven Realms series.

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