A powerful healer with a gift of magic and the son of the queen of the Fells, Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is forced into hiding following a series of murders which has thrown the queendom into chaos. He is now closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the savage king of Arden. As a healer, could Ash use his magic not to save but to take a life to satisfy his thirst for revenge?
Jenna Bandelow lives a reckless life as a spy and a saboteur - doing everything in her power to strike back against the king. She had once been warned of the curse surrounding the enigmatic magemark on the back of her neck - that it would one day make her a target - but she never believed in such foolishness…until the King’s Guards launch a search for a girl with a mark like hers. Jenna does not know why she is being hunted, but she does know that she cannot get caught. In a twist and turn of events, Ash and Jenna’s lives collide in Arden. They were united in their hate for the King, but will they be able to come to each other’s rescue in a world where chilling treats and dark magic abounds?
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima is the first instalment in the fantasy spinoff series Shattered Realms. This novel broke my heart than dropped a piano on it in the first few chapters - I read the rest of this book with a heavy heart. Despite it being heart wrenching, it was a mesmerizing read. The plot was masterfully developed and intelligently crafted. The characters were witty, mysterious, kick-butt, alive and authentic. The action was intense, fast-paced, and unpredictable and kept you at the edge of your seat until the end. Overall it was darkly magical and thrilling read.
I give this novel 4.5 stars out of 5 and would recommend this series to all fantasy readers. Chima wrote one of my all time favorite series the Seven Realms and so obviously I was ecstatic to drive back into this world. It completely exceeded my expectation for it and I am already super pumped for the next one. Flamecaster may have gotten an even higher rating but it broke my heart and did not glue it back together.
This novel is recommended for readers ages 12 and up.
Side note: If you have not yet read the Seven Realms quartet yet, I highly suggested you to do so. Not because it’s one of my favorite series of all times but because you will be spoiled. If you read Flamecaster, love it and decide to read other novels written by Chima, I don’t want you to be spoiled - you just won’t get the same heart pounding experience. Furthermore, it definitely does help with understanding the world better and that way you’ll enjoy the novel a whole lot more overall.
- Cat, Nepean Centrepointe TAG member