Flamecaster (Shattered Realms Series #1)

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms Series #1)

by Cinda Williams Chima


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A New York Times bestseller now in paperback, this dazzling beginning to the Shattered Realms series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work. Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

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. Can Ash 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062380951
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Shattered Realms Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 16,150
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima writes fantasy for teens of all ages, including the Heir Chronicles and the Seven Realms series. Her critically acclaimed books have appeared on numerous state awards lists. She lives in Ohio with her family, and she is always working on her next novel. Find out more at www.cindachima.com.

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Flamecaster 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of her books so far! Can't wait for the next book!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima is the beginning of a new series set in the same place as the Seven Realms series by the same author. Adrian is thirteen with healing powers that he wants to learn more about so he can help in a better way than he does at the present time. He discusses going away to a school with his father right before they are both attacked and his father is poisoned and dies. His older sister Hana has already been killed by the King of Arden. Now only Adrian, his mother and younger sister are all that's left of their family. Jenna works in the mines with her beau, Riley and a young girl named Maggi. That all changes once the King og Arden visits the mines and wants to teach a lesson to the workers and he ends up killing the people Jenna cares about and she runs and hides to protect her life. Adrian goes with Taliesen to school to learn magic and healing and perfect his abilities. Four years later, Jenna poses as a boy and Adrian has become a killer and a healer and both are taking their revenge. Destin adds to the mix of characters as good and bad. Flamecaster is a great book full of mystery and fantasy with very dynamic characters. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got through the first 2 chapters and put it down for weeks. I couldn't get past that first unexpected incident. I'm glad I did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down once i started reading. Cant wait to read the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. The authors does it again. On the edge of my seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can’t wait for the rest of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow beginning, but WELL WORTH the wait! I was hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately a new favorite that I will be re-reading many times over. I can't wait for the rest of the stoy! <3
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
A great starting book to the Seven Realms series. I loved Ash and Jenna. Great heros. The next book will be very enjoyable. I just know it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the depth of the series and how invested the characters are
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very enjoyable and a page turner.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
We return to the Seven Realms in this spin-off involving kids of characters from the original series. Beware that if you are planning to read Seven Realms, it would be wise to read that first and then get to this one, as the starting few chapters of Flamecaster spoil a lot for the ending of Crimson Crown. Also, this review will involve spoilers for that series, so beware. If you were never planning to read Seven Realms anyway, don't fret - this one is still separate enough from the previous that you can get right into things. Also, overall in theme, it is a different style of fantasy from Seven Realms quartet. Where the previous series stretched from Fells, to Oden's Ford and to the Highlands, this one is centered mostly around Ardenscourt, with a few chapters in Oden's Ford and Delphi. The story begins with two of our protagonists Adrian sul'Han (yep, the prince of Fellsmarch) and Jenna just on the cusp of teenage, and both suffer personal losses (one is a major character from Seven Realms) that harden their hearts and puts them on parallel paths to revenge against Gerard Montaigne, the King of Arden. Gerard has not yet forgiven the slight when Raisa insulted him by declining his offer (a generous term as it was more of a threat) of marriage, and a quarter century later he is like that f***-boy who still moans about how ugly the girl was. Basically, he is still sore and has been at a constant war with Fells, crippling the economies of both that queendom and his kingdom for decades. He is basically Hated Person #1 in all the Seven Realms, which means a lot of people are reaching for his jugular, Adrian included. The plot is more of a spy thriller-sort with a lot of the secondary characters not clear in who they are working for (looking at you, Destin). There is Lila, who is a Southerner by looks, but seems to work for Arden's court and is Adrian's dorm-mate at Oden's Ford. Despite them not getting along, she keeps being around him, and he is worried because he is in hiding. In Delphi, Jenna is in hiding, too, because she is magemarked and has the Empress of the Northern Isles hunting for her. Basically, a lot of aliases are floating around in this book, so you have to be on the hunt for who is who. That makes things exciting, because it is far away from Fellsmarch but it also affects that queendom and by now you are pretty protective of it, and by extension protective of Adrian. Also, if there is one way you can make a book more exciting is by adding dragons, and yep, we have them in this one. Yay! While I immensely enjoyed the Seven Realms quartet, and think this is also a great spin-off, I still feel it falls a bit short of the original. Firstly, the characters are mostly a mystery in terms of characterization. The romance picks up too fast, and is sort of insta-lovey. The reason for them both to go into hiding was so rushed and inorganic I felt the respective characters were killed off just to put the plot into motion. Also, I felt there are some plot holes around, like those vampire priests (trust me, they are a thing in this book) knew Adrian's real identity but never tell Arden even though it would have made it easier for them to get to him? Flamecaster on its own is a pretty good book, nevertheless, but Seven Realms is obviously a tough act to follow.
Maggie Brister More than 1 year ago
Well, we all knew I was going to read this book, and I’m pretty sure we all knew I was going to love it. Cinda Williams Chima is my favorite young adult author who has created my favorite world, and it was wonderful to be back in the presence of the Fellsians and, surprisingly, the Ardenians. I didn’t really know how I wanted to write this review, but I do know that I want to praise the way Chima writes. I usually can see an outcome of a book from a mile away, and I was pleasantly surprised multiple times in this book. There were many twists and turns, and sometimes that can be overwhelming. However, Chima beautifully crafts a work that is riveting and fast paced, and yet it is easy to follow with all the exciting changes she throws in. Writing a new series in a old world can be difficult, as us avid readers of the first series are expecting something spectacular. Chima did not disappoint. The new plot points, characters, and expanded universe in Flamecaster have set up a new series that is going to be jam-packed with action. I don’t know what I’m going to do while I wait for the next one. I guess I’ll just say my favorite thing: the fact that the book switched between four different character views made me outrageously happy. Four characters for me to love, and I fell hard for all of them. To wrap up this rambling (I wish my review did this book justice!): the Seven Realms is a place full of magic, romance, and now *spoilers*, and those are all my favorite things in a book series. I still remember sitting down and reading The Demon King in my grandmother’s house for the first time in 2009, and being blown away by how someone could write everything that makes my heart burst with happiness. Flamecaster did the same thing - fantasy at its finest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome! Spoiler****** ************************************************ Hate that Han died so early
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. I really hate books that have insta-love, and the authors don't put any effort into developing a love story. I don't want to ruin anything, but this insta-love went too far too fast for it to be believable. Also, the ending comes too abruptly for my taste. The entire time, Ash was trying to accomplish something, and then everything just came together too quickly and wasn't very believable- there were a lot of holes that left me think, "wait, how did he get there", or "why would that character do that?". Books like this make me feel cheated. I read the entire book just for it to end suddenly and unexplainably. I will not be reading anymore books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucks you in from the get go.. can't wait for more!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop saying "i mean" after every question