Flamecaster

Flamecaster

Cinda Williams Chima / Sep 21, 2019

Flamecaster 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

  • Title: Flamecaster
  • Author: Cinda Williams Chima
  • ISBN: Flamecaster
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  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 560 pages Published March 7th 2017 by HarperTeen first published April 5th 2016 More Details Original Title Flamecaster ISBN 0062380958 ISBN13 9780062380951 Edition Language English Series Shattered Realms 1 Other Editions 14 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Flamecaster Shattered Realms, 1 by Cinda Williams Chima Author Release date Mar 07, 2017 Enter to win a paperback copy of FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima, the first in an epic fantasy series featuring Ash, a powerful magic healer with Enter to win a paperback copy of FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima, the first in an epic fantasy series featuring Ash, a powerful magic healer with a thirst for revenge.Plus, gear up for the finale, DEATHCASTER, on sale March 5th Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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B c, you know, precedent giggle snorts 4 The new characters will keep you in a near constant state of panic trying to figure out who s good and who s bad which is a good thing b c TWISTY and unpredictable.5 There s a villain so contemptible that he she it joined the Most Vile Villain ranks with Umbrage.And most importantly, I loved it Unless the Bad Thing happened to make it easier for blah, something, blah blah, something to happen, in which case I will do much violence to quench the fire of my RAGE laughs nervously BUT I m hopeful that s just my paranoid, hyperactive imagination running wild, and this time next year, I ll be back to let you know, b c Chima has proven with FLAMECASTER that her success with Seven Realms wasn t a fluke she is awesome and my YA fantasy monster is sated Highly recommended flag 263 likesLike see review View all 60 comments Oct 06, 2014 Robin Bridge Four rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 4 5 stars, chick i want to hang out with, book boyfriend material, buddy read, fantastic fantasy, quit crying robin, ya, witches warlocks and magic, want to throw across the room On Sale for the month of March on for 1.99Be careful what you wish for This was my thought this entire book I loved the Seven Realms series and like many pined for stories in this world Well I got it CWC completely delivered a fantastic story but I also got what comes with that All the characters that were safe in my head with their Happily Ever Afters are no longer safe and I learned early that I might not be okay with that because CWC totally ripped out my heart while it was s On Sale for the month of March on for 1.99Be careful what you wish for This was my thought this entire book I loved the Seven Realms series and like many pined for stories in this world Well I got it CWC completely delivered a fantastic story but I also got what comes with that All the characters that were safe in my head with their Happily Ever Afters are no longer safe and I learned early that I might not be okay with that because CWC totally ripped out my heart while it was still beating, threw it on the ground, dropped a piano on it and then she Cackled yes Cackled maniacally Me Opening the first pages of this book Me before starting this book Seven Realms I m home againMe after chapter 1 This hurts a littleME AFTER CHAPTER 2 Hey look there is my heart beating in front of me ON THE GROUND. Watch out for the Piano it is coming AFTER CHAPTER 3 WHY Chima WHY It burns us precious.AND HERE IS CHIMA Cackles Maniacally, You thought you wanted storiesI ll give you stories Okay Okay.ybe it wasn t quite that bad no it was totally that badBut here is the thing I learned while reading The Seven Realms series which even though you totally don t have to read it first you really should because it is AWESOME and I want you to be as emotionally connected to everything as I was , where was I oh yes this is what I learned CWC has a plan She always has a plan in her stories and if you wait for the completion of it she will give you a beautiful story.So I will just remember when I was reading The Exiled Queen and my ship totally sankd it sank hard, like the Titanic and I was devastated But then something magical happened and I totally fell in love with how almost everything worked out on the romantic front for said Queen even though I almost never jump ships I was so on board with how everything happened once the series was at completion and I thought Yes This is fantastic This is how it was meant to be How could anything else have happened So THIS is my hope for this series as well But that said.I might still throw things if a certain thing happens.I will not be happy about it and I WILL RANT FOREVER if that is why I had to go through that pain in this book Takes a deep breath unless CWC makes me love it I don t see how it could happen but let s just leave it there.Moving On, even though I felt so broken after the first few chapters Chima told me a fantastic story with things like foreign Queens, and Evil King, Assassins, Spies, gorilla warfare tactics, blood drinking priests ewe and DRAGONS Ash is everything I expect from a child born to Han and Raisa Quick witted, sneaky and a man with a plan He is an easy character to root for and I wonder how many tricks he has up his sleeve with a former street lord for a father He is definitely dangerous.Jenna is a bit of an enigma in this and I loved the mystery that surrounded her Most of the book is a set up to part of her story arc and by the end of this my mouth dropped to the floor and I was WOWed slow claps for CWC for how that all went down.There are some great other side characters in Lila and Destin I m a sucker for the snark and both bring it in spades Second thing, whatever the king asks you to do, say yes If he asks you to dig up your mother and hang her body from the ramparts, say yes If he wants to you to make him a coat from the carcasses of kittens, your answer is yes If he wants you to kiss his royal ass, say yes Am I clear Yes, Destin said Then couldn t help adding, And if he asks me to kill you Should I say yes to that as well I m hoping that Destin turns out to be in team good but it seems that he has a few skeletons in his closet and so I m not really sure where his loyalties and motivations lay But I do know it will be interesting to discover them.Lila on the other hand is a warrior woman, I loved her from the first page but it might take others a minute to warm up to her Still she gets some of the best snarky lines throughout the book and so it was instalove for me You don t have to come with me, Ash said I only brought you along because you re good with a knife And got us the uniforms And the explosives Lila snorted Sorry I m not pulling my weight I do love a girl that knows her way around explosives.OverallIt was fantastic and I loved it being back in this world so much There is something really magical about the Seven Realms and the first series has stuck with me as one of my favorites throughout the years I even came up with a theory to get my through part of my heartbreak of the beginning and I m hoping that it pays off in the long term, because I do not accept it.I m not ready to say that the incident really happened in a permanent sense.I can t do it The only bad thing is that I found this series starting on book 1 and will have to wait with the rest of the world for its completion.Before reading.I know this awesome person she is really the best, you know who you are that was able to snag me an ARC I can t wait to get back into the world of the Seven Realms, I might vomit I m so excited flag 144 likesLike see review View all 87 comments Aug 29, 2015 Melissa Dog Wolf Lover Martin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves own, fantasy all, young adult Cinda Williams Chima just broke my heart I didn t much read the blurb to the book and I skimmed reviews so I never really knew what was going to happen in this book I just knew that Chima wrote it and I wanted it so I got it I thought that the Seven Realms series was over and I was happy and then they weren t in a sense and the beginning of this book destroyed me MILD SPOILERS And at first I blamed the person that blamed them self in the book for what happened But I knew I just had Cinda Williams Chima just broke my heart I didn t much read the blurb to the book and I skimmed reviews so I never really knew what was going to happen in this book I just knew that Chima wrote it and I wanted it so I got it I thought that the Seven Realms series was over and I was happy and then they weren t in a sense and the beginning of this book destroyed me MILD SPOILERS And at first I blamed the person that blamed them self in the book for what happened But I knew I just had to read the book and not think about the beginning Also, there are people out there that think book readers are crazy to get so invested in their books I have to say that people like us, the bookaholics, book geeks, book nerds, book dragons, worms whatever you want to call us have a great passion for the world of books and there is not a thing wrong with being invested in anything that you love The only harm that comes from this is maybe, too much crying, too much yelling, not enough sleep Now let us begin Adrian Ash sul Han is a healer and he goes off to the school his mom and dad went to so he can learn Then after some time someone is trying to kill him so that doesn t work out Ash meets a girl named Lila Barrowhill that saves his life and tries to get him back home to his mom and sister But, he doesn t want to go THERE, he wants to kill the king That rat b d who destroys lives and everything in it I wanted to see him burn Hehe, I just, nevermind So Ash ends up in the stables of the good ole King arsehat, I mean, King Montaigne, where he helps the animals and finally makes his way into the palace And of course he meets Lila there because she is Lila and she is good and OMG she is connected to the old books Anyhoo We get to meet Jenna Bandelow in the beginning of the book too That part made me mad too I just loathed that King through out the whole book I mean, loathed Jenna has a mage mark on the back of her neck and all of the sudden some Empress Celestine across the way wants her This puts old King Montaigne on her trail because she must be worth something if the Empress wants her The twat puts her in the dungeon and things are found out, slowly but surely I mean Jenna didn t know much of anything about her past, only that she was adopted and her parents didn t know much either OH, but she is so much and when I found out I got me some chills Lord have mercy, I can t wait to read about her and Flamecaster I was so happy at the ending of this book I did a little couch dance and I laughed and cried It s so freaking amazing There is some love in the book but it doesn t really have time to manifest, but I just thought I would mention it I can only hope there are good things on the horizon for this little group I have grown to love And the new edition as well But we all know how Chima likes to break our hearts so I should probably start hating everyone and everything right now MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List flag 129 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Oct 10, 2015 Emily May rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves young adult, fantasy, coverly love, 2016 Hope is the thing that can t be reined in by rules or pinned down by bitter experience It s a blessing and a curse Okay, let s break this down 1 This is one of the most promising starts to a fantasy series I ve read in a long time.2 I haven t read the Seven Realms series but, if you have, there is something that happens at the start of this book that will give you serious feelings I almost feel them just by knowing what I know, even though I never read the original books.3 Flamecaster w Hope is the thing that can t be reined in by rules or pinned down by bitter experience It s a blessing and a curse Okay, let s break this down 1 This is one of the most promising starts to a fantasy series I ve read in a long time.2 I haven t read the Seven Realms series but, if you have, there is something that happens at the start of this book that will give you serious feelings I almost feel them just by knowing what I know, even though I never read the original books.3 Flamecaster was an exciting and engaging book, but not quite what I expected In some ways, though, it was so much.4 There is magic and dragons and pirates and revenge and evil royalty and characters that may be good or bad must I go on I want to say some about 3 because, based on all the reviews I ve seen, I went into this book expecting something and that wasn t exactly what I got When it comes to fantasy, I tend to expect one of two things 1 A long, dense work, filled with description and a slow moving but intricately woven plot think Sanderson or Rothfuss , or 2 Lighter, simpler fantasy, filled with lots of drama, action and romance think Maas or Bardugo Both have their merits, but I was under the impression that Flamecaster was going to fall easily into the second fast paced, action packed and probably romantic And it didn t.Don t get me wrong, Flamecaster does not quite follow the pattern of long, wordy, adult fantasy novels either But Chima writes like the seasoned author she is, with a knack for building up her storytelling, crafting a perfectly told scene gradually, and developing multiple interesting characters over the course of the novel The one romance that surfaces is not particularly central to the story and falls into its rightful place behind survival, intrigue, and a web of mystery and lies.There s a richness to this novel, and it s well written in a way I don t see too often in YA fantasy any I liked how the story unfolded gradually, fuelled by the characters and the reader s need for vengeance and justice I m coming to understand that the words fast paced and engaging are not necessarily the same thing It is possible for a book to be packed full of random action and never pull you into the story, just as it is also possible and as is the case here for a book to reveal its secrets slowly and gradually, but be all the engaging because of it Good old tension, how I have missed thee.Flamecaster is a book that is clearly meant to be read as part of a series This first installment does not follow the standard format of conflict and resolution, saving many things for the bigger story arc and leaving gaping questions at the end But, honestly, it just made it even thrilling I can t wait for the next book.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store flag 396 likesLike see review View all 32 comments Jun 18, 2016 Cait A Page with a View rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ya fantasy, high fantasy I would recommend reading the Seven Realms series before this book BUT also maybe wait a bit before starting this new series I originally read this book after finishing the Seven Realms books and couldn t get past a main character s death at the beginning It was SO pointless and depressing that I called this a DNF because it just felt like But now I was able to read this as a new story instead of just looking for of Han, Raisa, and Amon as adults I absolutely love this world and it was s I would recommend reading the Seven Realms series before this book BUT also maybe wait a bit before starting this new series I originally read this book after finishing the Seven Realms books and couldn t get past a main character s death at the beginning It was SO pointless and depressing that I called this a DNF because it just felt like But now I was able to read this as a new story instead of just looking for of Han, Raisa, and Amon as adults I absolutely love this world and it was so much fun to return to it This book is about Ash Han Raisa s son , Gerard s never ending war, and DRAGONS It s a bit of a slower start, but the ending is awesome and sets up this series really well I m not sure I would have cared as much without reading the Seven Realms series, though, so maybe check that out first flag 72 likesLike see review View all 19 comments May 03, 2018 Nani rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ya fantasy sci fi That was too far, Chima, TOO FAR Why how why You ve struck hard, and right where it hurts Cruel move This series is set about two decades after the end of the Seven Realms series and what happens here is as a result of that went down in the first series So,YOU NEED TO READ THAT SERIES FIRST in order to better understand the world and certain characters flag 58 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 03, 2017 Brittney Reverie and Ink rated it liked it review of another edition 2.5 Not going to write a whole review for this so I ll just leave a few points1 I love the world It feels so real and is so well done.2 I LOVED Cinda s Seven Realms series that happens before this one That being said, I m totally peeved about what happened to one of the characters So not cool Pointless Shitty So if you decide to read the other series, wait a while until you dig into this one.3 The story was very slow and kinda boring While I like the characters, I m not super 2.5 Not going to write a whole review for this so I ll just leave a few points1 I love the world It feels so real and is so well done.2 I LOVED Cinda s Seven Realms series that happens before this one That being said, I m totally peeved about what happened to one of the characters So not cool Pointless Shitty So if you decide to read the other series, wait a while until you dig into this one.3 The story was very slow and kinda boring While I like the characters, I m not super invested That being said, I heard the second book in this series soon to be released is incredible, which is why i suffered through this one So yep Fingers crossed My Blog Instagram Twitter Etsy flag 54 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Oct 06, 2014 marked it as to read review of another edition Edit 1 Wow That cover Just Wow OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMGIS THIS FOR REAL flag 53 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Apr 24, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves dragons, fantasy, ya 4.25 A buddy read with the wizards at BBB I just finished reading this book, the first in the spin off series of Seven Realms Here the realms are Shattered and my heart was shattered along with them between chapter 1 and 3, rubbing some salt in the wound with characters 4 and 5, just in case we were not hurting enough, or could imagine hope or something I am actually ready to bet that this author was one of the creators behind the illegal but still practiced on terrorists tortu 4.25 A buddy read with the wizards at BBB I just finished reading this book, the first in the spin off series of Seven Realms Here the realms are Shattered and my heart was shattered along with them between chapter 1 and 3, rubbing some salt in the wound with characters 4 and 5, just in case we were not hurting enough, or could imagine hope or something I am actually ready to bet that this author was one of the creators behind the illegal but still practiced on terrorists torture manual for the Bolivian Prison System Or at least the CIA in Guantanamo Maybe she got fired because of unusual cruelty and then decided to become a Fantasy Writer, so she can pass on the torture to us, poor, unsuspecting victims, or readers in this case the two are interchangeable I should start by saying that the first series, The Seven Realms , consisting of 4 books, made me a fan of her writing, making me fall in love with the characters and their world There were some signs of the author s potential for cruelty, but it all is well when ends well, right Then came the news of this spin off series, same world, 20 25 years later Happiness ensued, jigs were danced, there was even a talk of nominating Cinda Williams Chima for sainthood Then couple of weeks ago, among the happy celebrations of revelers for the book s release, we began hearing screams of pain, hearts braking, souls crashing and wails of despair What happened How could she do this to us What had we done to deserve this BAD THING to befall us Then I knew it was a conspiracy to lull us in a benign sense of pleasant safety, than BANG, hit us where it will hurt the most She was clever, she knew how to get most from her stabbingI wish I could say that she had the assassin honor of finishing us straight off after that, but I can t Remember her previous profession, the torture creating gig, right.She began healing us, putting salves, cleaning the wound, clean bandages and even some TLC You don t trust her, you know better now, but she is building the sense of safety and security again You start to have some hope, maybe a Phenix will rise out of the ashes And she seals the promise with a Dragon still a flying flame resistent creature , and we, the suckers that we are, are going to open the next book brimming with hope and hungry for the Happily Ever After we have dared to dream about again She had better deliver Despite the emotional pain, this book was just as bewitchingly beautiful as the previous books I was hooked, and went on the ride holding on for dear life by my fingernails The writing is flawless, the characters real, the world and magic build up on the previous series It is very much an Young Adult Fantasy and I didn t even care I lost myself in the storytelling and will await the next installment with trepidation I recommend this series but read the first 4 books in order to all lovers of Fantasy despite the other genres designations Happy Reading to all and may the book fairies bring you what and when you need to read flag 40 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Oct 02, 2014 fyt rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves all hail the winners of 2016, first class fantasy This is me at page 25at page 26ter page 26I can t I just can t.WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA, WHY My OTP my poor OTPShattered Realms literally shattered meIt was really difficult to read past page 26.I did managed to pull through.Ash was so much like his father, but gentler and calmer.And Jenna, whom I wish is named Gemma because Jenna is a very difficult name for me to remember is quite a difficult character for me to sync with I am not sure what I feel about This is me at page 25at page 26ter page 26I can t I just can t.WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA, WHY My OTP my poor OTPShattered Realms literally shattered meIt was really difficult to read past page 26.I did managed to pull through.Ash was so much like his father, but gentler and calmer.And Jenna, whom I wish is named Gemma because Jenna is a very difficult name for me to remember is quite a difficult character for me to sync with I am not sure what I feel about her at this moment, but I did remember not liking Raisa that much until the 3rd book soI don t know, I will have a re read the book again once I ve calmed down abit, but at this moment, my heart cannot take it Is it weird that I shipped Adrian with Lila than the weird insta love of Jenna and Adrian I mean Adrian and Lila being together would be just plain awesome NO SPOILERS FOR YOU Update It s 2016 you guys.We are getting warmer I NEED HAN ALISTER AND RAISA ANA MARIANNA AGAIN OR JUST GIVE ME THEIR CHILDREN flag 38 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Apr 08, 2017 Caitlin rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 read, 3 stars The problem is, hope is the thing that can t be reined in by rules or pinned down by bitter experience It s a blessing and curse 3.5 starsYou re reading a spin off series of one of your favourite series so you d expect to see your favourite characters from the original series, right Wrong You see 2 chapters with Han and that is it No of our favourite lovable characters That honestly was the biggest adjustment to make in this book I wasn t used to not seeing my favourite character The problem is, hope is the thing that can t be reined in by rules or pinned down by bitter experience It s a blessing and curse 3.5 starsYou re reading a spin off series of one of your favourite series so you d expect to see your favourite characters from the original series, right Wrong You see 2 chapters with Han and that is it No of our favourite lovable characters That honestly was the biggest adjustment to make in this book I wasn t used to not seeing my favourite characters and I felt a bit ripped off that they weren t as present in here These characters are their fucking CHILDREN and yet their parents aren t anywhere in sight However, from the ending of this book I m pretty sure we will be seeing our lovable characters again and I m soooooo fucking ready for this.Look, this book wasn t what I was expecting so I did feel a bit let down On it s own this book is pretty good even though it is ridiculously slow It stressed me out by how long it took me to read this and I feel like it could ve been 300 pages long and you wouldn t even notice that 200 pages were missing This book also starts ridiculously depressing I already knew a certain sad event was going to happen but I just wasn t emotionally ready I sat and sobbed for a good 30 minutes before I recovered and I could move on Let s just note that that specific event was fucking stupid and didn t need to happen at all and I m high key annoyed and upset by it Ash and Jenna were okay main characters but overall I liked Lila and Destin and I want to see of them I wasn t a fan of the insta love between Ash and Jenna and I actually ship Lila and Ash even though there s no romantic interest between them However, I also kinda ship Lila and Destin Can you tell that Lila was my favourite character Honestly that was a shock to me since the only Lila I know is in ADSOM and I actually hate her guts.Look, I don t know what to say about this book It was average but I m still hopeful for this series flag 37 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2014 Luc a rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 POR FIN LO ESTOY COMENZANDOOOOO LO TENGO OH POR DIOS, LO TENGO ASSDFGHJKL.Quiero releer primero Seven Realms antes de empezar esta belleza, BUT SOON flag 35 likesLike see review Apr 10, 2017 Lauren Shakespeare Whisky rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 3 and 4 star books, fantasy, favorites Love is the root of so much suffering and misery, so much loss It s the worst thing in the world, to risk yourself by loving someone At the same time, it s the best thing in the world and worth the risk Flamecaster is an awesome epic fantasy novel that ticks all the right boxes I know some people were a little distressed by the death early on of a character from a previous series but I can t really comment on that as I haven t read the originals I will say it seems a bit harsh to one sta Love is the root of so much suffering and misery, so much loss It s the worst thing in the world, to risk yourself by loving someone At the same time, it s the best thing in the world and worth the risk Flamecaster is an awesome epic fantasy novel that ticks all the right boxes I know some people were a little distressed by the death early on of a character from a previous series but I can t really comment on that as I haven t read the originals I will say it seems a bit harsh to one star an entire book for something that occurs like 30 pages in anyway this series is fabulous WRITINGThe writing is really funny It has this delightfully wry tone His mood was so black that getting murdered was beginning to seem appealing It is light on info dumps, has very funny dialogue and manages to weave a pretty complicated history background seemlessly into a fast paced plot CHARACTERSCharacters were sophisticated, complicated and multifaceted With the exception of the central antagonist everyone got reasonable development No, Hanson, this is not the scene where the girl puts on a skirt and some paint and her schoolmate, who s a little thick, suddenly realizes that she is his true love Oh, Ash said Good to know There was an even spread across genders, no one felt trope ish There was a bit of Insta ish love but it was understated Ash, Jenna and Lila are all especially awesome, flawed characters and I found their trials and tribulations absorbing QUIBBLES I ve already read the next book and now I m not so sold on the Insta love Am I crazy for thinking a slow burn with Shadow would have been better Him all grief struck, slowly building trust No Its just me This book has a lot of political subplots I enjoy that but if you prefer action, action, action it might be a slog It takes Ash too long to realise he has done the wrong thing, I would have preferred a developed arc where he came to recognise his mistakes slowly over the course of the book with valid introspection which was dramatised thru his interactions with other characters basically a sophisticated exploration of family obligations, guilt and grief that arose out of watching how other people dealt with this stuff I think that plot line was meant to be his dramatic thru line but it basically only came up at the start and the end.Despite these minor issues I thought this was great.If you haven t read the author s other books and have been put off by disappointed fans don t let that deter you Going in fresh I thought this was fabulous flag 34 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 06, 2014 Steph Sinclair marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves young adult, really looking forward to this book, gimme gimme gimme, high fantasy, harpercollins, to request from pub, i need it like a fat kid needs cake, 2016 release NEED NOW PLEASE KAY THX BYE flag 35 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 30, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves books owned read 4.5 Solid start to another solid series by Ms Chima flag 342 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Nov 24, 2014 Reading Teen rated it it was amazing review of another edition I keep fluctuating between 4 5 stars Something that happens in the beginning of the book made me almost put it down and walk away My daughter actually did put it down I m still not happy about it, so I m just pretending I didn t read that part This book is very different from the first Seven Realms series, but also very much the same I loved the glimpses of the old characters, and loved the new ones I got to meet I couldn t read this fast enough, and once I moved on from the beginnin I keep fluctuating between 4 5 stars Something that happens in the beginning of the book made me almost put it down and walk away My daughter actually did put it down I m still not happy about it, so I m just pretending I didn t read that part This book is very different from the first Seven Realms series, but also very much the same I loved the glimpses of the old characters, and loved the new ones I got to meet I couldn t read this fast enough, and once I moved on from the beginning, I didn t want to do anything other than read This world is one I could live in indefinitely, and Cinda Williams Chima is a master of storytelling Whether you ve read the other series or you just love fantasy, I think you ll be swept away by this story too flag 32 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Nov 10, 2015 Kristalia rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves dying to read, add other books when they appear, reviewed, age young adult, contains annoying characters, contains unlovable heroines, contains unlovable hero or heroes, dragging, i am disappointed Buddy read with Nouf LostinFantasy D Final rating 3 5 starsI am honestly disappointed with how this series started Compared to the first one It s uninteresting There is this thing with me If I am interested in something, I m gonna read it even dead tired from work But I didn t because this book just didn t hold my attention I even forgot what happened in half of the book.Anyway, it s a low and slow start, sometimes pretty cliche and predictable, with cliche pairings that are uninterest Buddy read with Nouf LostinFantasy D Final rating 3 5 starsI am honestly disappointed with how this series started Compared to the first one It s uninteresting There is this thing with me If I am interested in something, I m gonna read it even dead tired from work But I didn t because this book just didn t hold my attention I even forgot what happened in half of the book.Anyway, it s a low and slow start, sometimes pretty cliche and predictable, with cliche pairings that are uninteresting and honestly totally not needed Why must there be insta love in everything YA I wonder If only it was easy to insta love Newslfash Some people are lucky enough and they click with each other and marry 6 months later case of my parents , some drag themselves for years But these are kids, who saw each other few times, had a connecting moment and then fell in love instantly.It was so annoying and distracting from the main plot it was just too much.Not to mention unnecessary deaths for the sake of improving a character or worsening them by making them face a super angsty situation There wasn t even enough time to remind us of them, how they were, scenes, etc.It was all so sudden it was plain and just unshocking and untouching.For new readers, it s probably just confusing For older ones, like me, it s frustrating in most of the cases.As for the characters, no one was interesting, there are questions than answers, it was all so randomly thrown in, like a badly made soup.I don t know Too much happened, and too much of it felt random OVERALL I suggest you read the review by my friend, Nouf LostinFantasy , she has a bit positive opinion on this book and sorted out concerning stories and characters.I m gonna continue the series, of course I still wanna know how it ends, but i m not holding it as a priority flag 24 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 01, 2015 Cindy Savage Queen rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves meh that was disappointing, insta love, fantasy Rating 2.5 3 I had such high hopes for this book, and thus I feel quite let down I never thought I would rate this book so low, but by standards 2 stars it s okay which is really how I feel about this book It was slow and overall not very compelling The Seven Realms was is still one of my favorite series to date but this follow up does not have the wonderful magic of the original Not only that they killed off my favorite character from the original series view spoiler Han hid Rating 2.5 3 I had such high hopes for this book, and thus I feel quite let down I never thought I would rate this book so low, but by standards 2 stars it s okay which is really how I feel about this book It was slow and overall not very compelling The Seven Realms was is still one of my favorite series to date but this follow up does not have the wonderful magic of the original Not only that they killed off my favorite character from the original series view spoiler Han hide spoiler The death itself felt terribly anti climatic to me, my dearly departed deserved better But honestly their death was probably one the only times I felt anything for a character in this book Adrian Ash sul Han, our main protagonist, was just not a compelling character We first meet him as an unsure, insecure thirteen year old boy who feels like an unneeded extra in his family Unfortunate events unfold, and he just runs a way from home No other options even seem to cross his mind Then when we meet him again four years later he s developed unparalleled healing ability, improved magical skill and is on a quest to destroy the King of Arden even if he has to constantly put his life in danger to do so So essentially there is little to no character development seen We do not get to see him grow and develop as a wizard mage I am just expected to accept that he is now valuable and useful than he was before No, just no, respect and admiration have to be earned Then we have Jenna our female protagonist, whose most interesting quality really is that her eyes are as golden as a cats And we know that her life was changed forever four years ago when the King of Arden killed her only two friends, one being her first love Now she secretly works with the rebellion in the efforts of overthrowing the king That is until she becomes the hunted, as the king sends someone after her due to her magemark Destin Karn this guy seems to have secrets than Ash at this point and I have absolutely no idea what his true intensions are But I wish we got to read about him Like all the missions Destin and Lila went on while Ash and Jenna were stuck at the castle Why couldn t I follow them on their journey every once in a while Why couldn t I get Destin Karn narrated chapters rather than Jenna Because even based on what little I know, I feel utterly certain he is a thousand times interesting Lila Barrowhill view spoiler Byrne hide spoiler comes off as a survivalist She appears to go wherever the money is, or so it seems, but in reality like all the characters she lives a secret life Clearly, a master of her trade and an expert in deception she does whatever it takes to get the job done She is tough, spunky and has smart mouth Again, quite certain I like her better than our main characters most of the time Ash and Jenna WARNING, WARNING SO MUCH INSTA LOVE, ABORT, ABORT INSTA LOVE OVERLOAD YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED I am not someone who is overly picky about romances most of the time There are a number series that I have enjoyed which some of my friends did not because of the romance, most often because of how fast the romance developed between some characters But even I will concede that this romance just did not work for me These two meet in a dungeon when Ash is assigned to heal Jenna after Destin brings her back to the King of Arden s palace And from the moment they touch hands there is literally an INSTANT connection Their walls come down as they basically see into each other s minds feel each others suffering etc etc From that moment on the two almost never stop thinking about each other Examples of this overplayed romance include When Adrian essentially says that while killing the King of Arden is still important it is now also important he survive, because now he has Jenna Let me get this straight, early on you said nothing was important than killing the King even if it meant dying and leaving your mother and younger sister behind But now you cannot die because you found this girl and she if worth living for YOUR FAMILY WAS NOT WORTH LIVING FOR BUT SHE IS REALLY Second example, when they are both in Jenna s room where she is being held prisoner and about to be traded over to the Empress Celestine they get all hot and bothered until Ash puts a stop to it Essentially he says she is making it hard for him to do the right thing view spoiler as in not sleep with her hide spoiler but she goes on to say that them being together would be the right thing Ummno your life is literally on the line right now, I think you need to get your priorities straight Sure I agree that sometimes you have to live in the moment but now is not one of those times.You know whose relationship I was interested in Destin and Lila Because we got so little backstory on them individually, and also on how they came to meet and wound up working together etc And I just find them far interesting than our main pairing in general, not necessarily as a romance but as two flawed characters with a rather interesting yet unclear relationship, but that might also be because they are not constantly shoved in my face Essentially this book was all over the place There were moments of intrigue that got me interested, hoping for , only to ruined by chapters that had me waiting for things to happen Also I do not like the whole I think the person I have grown interested in my love interest is dead thing happening for the second time We ve dealt with this once already in the Seven Realms series, I do not think we need a rehash with characters I like significantly less Honestly, the coolest thing about this book is that dragons are now a real thing in the Seven Realms I am onboard with dragons The epilogue seems to promise revelations in the next book, but honestly I am not sure I am up for another one at this point So if you want my feelings after reading this book summed up about one sentence Mehit was okay I guess flag 31 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Oct 10, 2017 Connor rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves young adult fantasy Video Review flag 20 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books i own kindle, edelweiss, buddy read, for review read, read in 2016 Buddy read with Buddies Books and Baubles Please note that this review may contain spoilers for the Seven Realms series so if you re not up to date with those books look away now I absolutely love Cinda Williams Chima s Seven Realms series so when I found out she was returning to that world, albeit 20 years later, in the Shattered Realms books I couldn t wait to pick up Flamecaster You know that well used phrase be careful what you wish for though Well, Flamecaster is a perfect example of w Buddy read with Buddies Books and Baubles Please note that this review may contain spoilers for the Seven Realms series so if you re not up to date with those books look away now I absolutely love Cinda Williams Chima s Seven Realms series so when I found out she was returning to that world, albeit 20 years later, in the Shattered Realms books I couldn t wait to pick up Flamecaster You know that well used phrase be careful what you wish for though Well, Flamecaster is a perfect example of why you should take that advice to heart This book may be set 20 years in the future and it may revolve around the next generation of characters, but that doesn t make it any less brutal and the first five chapters nearly killed me I was utterly heartbroken and I came so close to putting this book down and pretending it didn t exist because the author doesn t shy away from tearing apart things that we thought were safe at the end of the previous series I m still praying that events at the beginning of this book weren t what they originally seemed and that we re going to be able to heave a huge sigh of relieve when we pick up the next book and find out what really happened Please Cinda Williams Chima take pity on me, I beg you Anyway, if you can get past those first few chapters and kind of put aside your love for old characters long enough to give the new ones a chance I still think you re going to love this book so don t let my comments above put you off reading it We are introduced to some absolutely brilliant characters here and I m really excited to see what comes of them as the series continues This book starts 20 years on from The Crimson Crown, Raisa has been a good queen to the Fells but they have been at war with the Arden ever since she publicly rejected the king s marriage proposal so long ago The war has taken it s toll on the Fells and the surrounding realms but Arden is stronger than ever, especially since they have been capturing wizards and using magical collars to force them to do the king s bidding.I was a little worried that the main characters were only about 13 when we first started reading but luckily after a bit of background we get to jump forward around 4 years which puts them at a similar age to Raisa at the start of the previous series Ash is Raisa and Han s son and he s seen first hand what the King of Arden has cost his family and his people so he decides to set out on a mission to sneak into Arden and assassinate him He has been trained as a healer but that just gives him an advantage as he knows which plants can kill, he just has to get close enough to the king to be able to use them Ash has a lot of Han s street smarts and he s a really easy character to root for and like although I wasn t too happy about the way he left home so suddenly without letting Raisa know he was safe.Jenna is a girl who comes from a poor town in Arden, she was forced to work in the mines from a very young age and when the king killed her two closest friends she joined the rebellion determined to end his reign of terror once and for all There is a lot to Jenna than first meets the eye and her family have been keeping secrets that even she doesn t know about so her storyline gets interesting really quickly when it becomes known that the king is searching for a girl with a certain birthmark I m not going to say much than that I think you should read the book to find out the details but I loved her character She s incredibly brave and puts herself into some tough situations in her quest for revenge so I definitely want to see her succeed with her goals.We have a couple of great side characters too in Lila and Destin Lila is a warrior and at first glance she s quite mercenary and only seems to go where the money is but she has a good heart and is very protective of the people she cares about Destin is morally ambiguous, I m hopeful that he s on the side of good but I do worry about some of the things he does Is he just playing the king and his guards though He s definitely keeping secrets and I m not even sure if he knows what side he falls on yet so that s going to be interesting to watch play out in the future books Flamecaster has everything I loved about the original series the great characters, the interesting plot twists and the fabulous world building but then Cinda Williams Chima had to one up herself and include dragons I honestly don t think it could get much better and I m going to be first in line for the sequel when it publishes next year flag 19 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2018 Taylor rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ya fantasy, 2018 books Love is the root of so much suffering and misery, so much loss It s the worst thing in the world, to risk yourself by loving someone At the same time, it s the best thing in the world and worth the risk pulls knife out of chest I was personally attacked by this book The first few chapters of Flamecaster fucking KILLED ME Why would you do this to me, Cinda Ahem Yeah, people weren t wrong about how brutal the first few chapters of this book were If you ve read the Seven Realms serie Love is the root of so much suffering and misery, so much loss It s the worst thing in the world, to risk yourself by loving someone At the same time, it s the best thing in the world and worth the risk pulls knife out of chest I was personally attacked by this book The first few chapters of Flamecaster fucking KILLED ME Why would you do this to me, Cinda Ahem Yeah, people weren t wrong about how brutal the first few chapters of this book were If you ve read the Seven Realms series and you damn well should then Flamecaster will hit you hard I won t get into specifics, but damn I cried like a little baby.And I mean it, guys Read the Seven Realms series before starting this series You re only doing yourself a disservice It was so unbelievably worth it Now, onto Flamecaster.This first installment in the Shattered Realms follows a plethora of characters, all from different corners of the Seven Realms Ash is a young mage on a quest for revenge Jenna is a rebel hiding out in the lawless village of Delphi, plagued by a secret power she doesn t understand These two characters cross paths, and nations face off in war that could tear the realms apart This book was great Flamecaster was my companion through long bus rides along Czech countrysides I read the last half of this book on my international flight back to the US It had me in its claws from page one And part of that is due to the fascinating characters.I really like our leads Ash is a very unconventional hero he s a healer with violent desires To protect his family and his country, he s out for the blood of one man the vicious, ruthless Gerard Montaigne, King of Arden One of the things I like about Ash was the inner conflict that he faced His past and his dreams were at war with one another, and the struggles he went through in this book were heartbreaking Jenna was a badass character as well Her story was definitely an interesting one, and I can t wait to find out about her The magic she possesses, and the secrets surrounding her lineage have me itching to pick up the second book right away Not only was Jenna fierce and crafty she was also flawed and realistic, which I appreciated.However, the side characters in this book are amazing. Destin Karn is a villain with layers and hidden motivations He was awesome And then we have Lila Barrowhill, a thief con artist whose side you re not really sure she s on What a badass she was My favorite character in this entire book has to be Evan Strangward, a pirate with storm magic from Carthis I LOVE HIM I want an entire book about this guy, please and thank you.I loved hearing about characters from the previous series that I loved Being thrown into this world again was such a joy It s rich and full of depth, with so much history and magic The Seven Realms is a fascinating fantasy world that I hope Chima continues to write about A good portion of this book is set in Arden, a land that we only get glimpses of in the previous books, and and we re learning a lot about Carthis, an Empire overseas with a badass sorceress queen Sign me the fuck up.The plot in this story was very character driven, but there was a lot of great tension built up in the political machinations of the warring countries of the Fells and Arden There were secrets, spying, and surprises all around I was consistently entertained I m so excited to continue on with this series and see where our characters go from here.Because that ending was INSANE This book made me emotional It kept me on the edge of my seat and I was constantly enthralled with it The only downside to Flamecaster was the romance I didn t particularly care for it I mean, it made sense why Jenna and Ash would gravitate towards one another given the circumstances of their relationship, but I felt it wasa little rushed You guys know I m trashed for slow burn Other than that, I thought this book was great You all are sleeping on Cinda s books SHE S A QUEEN On to Shadowcaster I m so excited flag 14 likesLike see review Aug 31, 2015 Alise Readers in Wonderland rated it liked it review of another edition You cannot stand astride the line betweengood and evil, life and death, for long It will destroy you FLAMECASTER is the first book I ve read from Cinda Williams Chima Although I ve heard that you don t need to read her previous books to understand the spinoff, I feel like there is a lot I didn t fully appreciate While I can t deny Chima is a good storyteller, I had issues with this one.What is time The book starts off with the characters being around thirteen years old This was a good way You cannot stand astride the line betweengood and evil, life and death, for long It will destroy you FLAMECASTER is the first book I ve read from Cinda Williams Chima Although I ve heard that you don t need to read her previous books to understand the spinoff, I feel like there is a lot I didn t fully appreciate While I can t deny Chima is a good storyteller, I had issues with this one.What is time The book starts off with the characters being around thirteen years old This was a good way to provide backstory but I felt like I couldn t relate to them, and that feeling carried on as they aged When they begin to get into adult situations as they grew older, it just felt a bit weird because I still saw them as kids Which brings me to All the random time skips What the heck, I d be reading one POV and then switch to another where they say It had been two months since Where is the timeline here This feels convolvuted than the X Men timeline.You might need to read the manual There is no manual, but there should be I thought there were too many POVs near the beginning Who are these people Why are they relevant I thought this was a book about two heroes As time went on, I did grow to like the other POVs but as the book went on, they fizzled out It was almost as if they were almost forgotten about One main character barely even had a part A well developed fantasy world is a good thing Except when you are thrown into the well developed fantasy world without knowing much There were a lot of terms I didn t know and I felt like I was missing a lot of backstory since I didn t read the other books Which actually reminds me, I still have questions about some things.Setup, setup, and setup.I recognize that this is the first book in a series but I expected a bit from it Not much really happened, although there is major potential Things didn t even really kick up in this one until the last hundred pages.Readability PointsAll that being said, I clearly finished and liked the book The pacing and potential in FLAMECASTER saved it Never once was I bored or tired of the world Chima s writing really sucks you in and keeps your attention Love is the root of so much suffering and misery, so much loss.It s the worst thing in the world, to risk yourself by loving someone Insta Love A Case StudyHas there been or will there ever be a book that gives as good of an example of insta love as this one Probably not Needless to say, I didn t buy this couple at all For a five hundred page book, you are going to have to work a bit harder on the development After all, you had five hundred pages. flag 14 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2014 Belinda TheBookBuddies rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ya fantasy, ya high fantasy, tearjerker, in my library THIS BOOK THIS FUCKING BOOK REACHED INTO MY CHEST, TORE MY HEART OUT, AND STOMPED ON IT REPEATEDLY IN 26 PAGES 26 pages in and I was ugly crying for a good hour I have never cried so quickly for a book ever When I finally composed myself every time page 26 was alluded to I started tearing up again Ever since I read The Seven Realms series a few years ago, I was in love with this beautiful world Chima had built I was especially in love with the characters When news came that this series wo THIS BOOK THIS FUCKING BOOK REACHED INTO MY CHEST, TORE MY HEART OUT, AND STOMPED ON IT REPEATEDLY IN 26 PAGES 26 pages in and I was ugly crying for a good hour I have never cried so quickly for a book ever When I finally composed myself every time page 26 was alluded to I started tearing up again Ever since I read The Seven Realms series a few years ago, I was in love with this beautiful world Chima had built I was especially in love with the characters When news came that this series would be a follow up about Han and Raisa s kid, I danced and screamed like a loon I still am a little, but goddammit this isn t what I wanted Not at all Don t get me wrong, this is a great start to a fantasy series, but page 26 is not what I wanted for my Seven Realms loving heart Enough about my grieving, let s get back to the actual plot After the events of page 26 Ash finds himself running away to Oden s Ford, the mage school he s always wanted to go to He has only one goal in mind, to kill the king of Arden I loved Ash He is exactly how I expected Han and Raisa s son to be, smart, cunning, compassionate, determined, and ruthless He will stop at nothing to kill the king, but he has the patience to wait for the right time Then we meet Jenna, a miner girl with her own reasons for wanting the king dead and a mystery surrounding her I like Jenna She s smart and headstrong, but I was curious about what made her so damn special When I finally guessed it and was right, I must say, it s pretty damn cool I m very curious to see how she will tie into everything as the series progresses Secondary characters are also great We have Destin, a lieutenant and son of the general, and Lila, a spy with her own secret agenda Both appear to be morally ambiguous characters, you re not quite sure whose side they re on They re great characters though Destin has a dry sense of humor, and a complicated history with his father Lila is sassy and snarky I m eager to see from them as well We interact with the world outside of the war between the Fells and Arden The Northern Islands are involved somehow, and we meet new characters from there I m really eager to explore of this section of the world and find it the mystery behind everything Now, you ll notice I docked a star off That is because of the instalove Now, I m usually open minded about instalove because my boyfriend and I have been together for over 3 years and we kissed two days after we met, and got together 2 weeks after our first meeting Instant attraction does happen, and relationships do start quickly It s rare, but it happens My relationship is proof of that However, two characters meet once and as soon as they part they re thinking about each other, swooning and everything The next day they re kissing A few days later, they re doing than kissing Like damn, slow down guys You literally met each other six days ago and you re already proclaiming your love Attraction and crushes I can understand, but love in six days I don t think so Granted, at their first meeting something happens between them that might explain this a bit, but it s still ridiculous You guys barely know each other It was just too ridiculous I found it kinda funny though view spoiler because Han and Raisa took four books to be together, and Ash and Jenna do it in one Like damn Ash, you re smoother than your own father hide spoiler Other than that, it was great There are assassination attempts, bloodsucking priests, pirates, and mythical creatures The story is well paced, and the characters are well written Chima s writing is beautiful as always She manages to throw in deep character introspection as all the madness is happening This was a solid building block to a new series, and I m really eager to see where Chima takes it view spoiler I am especially eager to go back to the Fells and see Ash s reunion with Raisa and his sister I hope she yells at him for running away for four years BE WITH YOUR MOTHER ASH, COMFORT HER DAMMIT hide spoiler I still have hope for a solution to page 26 THERE ARE 3 MORE BOOKS TO FIX THIS I REFUSE TO GIVE UP flag 16 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 25, 2016 Amrens Wife Taylor rated it it was amazing review of another edition It hasn t been that long since I d read this novel, but I wanted to get a reread in before I finally picked up the sequel And I m definetly glad I did, the rating stays solid But I have to say, I forgot how many questions this book left me with Especially that epilogue, my excitement is totally rekindled This is somewhat of an edit for my original review, so there s some light spoilers ahead Still super short, however, and everything I ll say is revealed within the first hundred pages, but It hasn t been that long since I d read this novel, but I wanted to get a reread in before I finally picked up the sequel And I m definetly glad I did, the rating stays solid But I have to say, I forgot how many questions this book left me with Especially that epilogue, my excitement is totally rekindled This is somewhat of an edit for my original review, so there s some light spoilers ahead Still super short, however, and everything I ll say is revealed within the first hundred pages, but still just go read the books if you haven t lol Cinda Williams Chima has yet to disappoint me, and I m quite a ways past obsessed with her books not to mention their covers because wowza It blows my mind how unbelievably underrated this woman is Why are people not reading her books What are all of you doing with your lives The Seven Realms series as a whole was one of the best that I read in 2016 and I m so glad that the sequel series is off to such a fabulous start better than its predecessor at point.Flamecaster was both a blessing and a curse A blessing because, as always, I fall in love with Chima s characters They re all so fabulously layered and unique You can t help but root for them And I always have so much fun, as there s just the right amount of banter and snark Lila, amirite and humor to lighten things up when you need it I wish I could explain how much I love being immersed in this world, the politics and the magic of it all But, as I said, it was also a curse There was a lot of grief The true tragedy of this book, of the existence of this series really, is definitely the stolen happy ending for the Seven Realms Han and Raisa deserved to live out their lives together and in love It s bittersweet knowing they had 25 years, that they loved and raised children but lost their first Ash, I love him so much though I d be glad to have this series if only for him Well, Ash and Jenna both I love how they came together and their stories meshed so beautifully I m looking forward to their reunion than anything else hands down I won t say anything , except that I can t wait to see where Shadowcaster takes me flag 17 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 10, 2016 Azbaqiyah rated it it was amazing Shelves 2016, favourite, young adult My The story was epic I love it I love it I love it The element of surprise was truly stunning I really should read The Seven Realms.Just one issue, the romance was too sudden Just in my opinion though The romance was logic to happen in the plot And I love the relationship It s was sweet.This book will for sure be my fave 2016.5TH JANUARY 2017JUST LOOK AT THE NEW COVER IT HAS TOG VIBES WITH IT AND KNOW I DON T WHICH SHOULD I PICK flag 23 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 12, 2018 Helen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy This was a decent book yet it still managed to be a major letdown for me I absolutely loved the original Demon King series and have placed it on such a high pedestal that this follow up never really stood a chance of doing it justice It could, however, have come close to reaching those lofty heights had it not been for the main character Adrian sul Han In a series defined by sinister magicians and Machiavellian kings, no one character rankled like this one did The following mini rant is sor This was a decent book yet it still managed to be a major letdown for me I absolutely loved the original Demon King series and have placed it on such a high pedestal that this follow up never really stood a chance of doing it justice It could, however, have come close to reaching those lofty heights had it not been for the main character Adrian sul Han In a series defined by sinister magicians and Machiavellian kings, no one character rankled like this one did The following mini rant is sort of a spoiler, but not really because it happens in the first chapter Consider yourself duly warned The book starts with the murder of Adrian s father This is hot on the heels of the murder of his sister so Adrian is understandably quite upset and predictably goes through a bit of rebellious phase However, Adrian s reaction was not just disgustingly selfish but, worse, completely illogical As his mother has now lost both her husband and daughter Adrian s response is to run away and make her think her only son is dead as well What is the actual world Does he actively want to punish his mother Have I missed something I can understand why he d want to leave court and go and study at a wizarding school but why did he need to play dead to get there His parents had gone themselves so Adrian is just creating unnecessary drama here I can t even blame plot reasons for this terrible writing decision because his family thinking he s dead didn t even contribute one iota to the plot in the end The only explanation for his running away is that the author wants us to actively despise him, in which case, well done Cinda Williams Chima Mission accomplished Once Adrian had been established as a selfish asshole from the beginning, I struggled to feel any sympathy for him whatsoever And the following chapters only succeeded in elevating him to even greater heights of idiocy Add onto that his arrogance and moral righteousness and you have yourself one asshole of a main character The other three main characters were fine, nothing special, but the writing was exceptional as always and very easy to read You can easily read this in a couple of sittings I liked how the world established in the first series is being expanded but I was slightly disappointed that none of the characters from that series made even an appearance in Flamecaster I assume a couple will show their faces in the next instalments but I really felt their absence in this one The characters were the best part of the first series and the new guys felt notably flat in comparison The Demon King was not the strongest in the series so I still have hope for the next couple of books The question is, will I ever have the strength to return to a world where Adrian sul Han is the main character flag 13 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Feb 21, 2015 Beth rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves reviewed Inconsistency and instalove Sighhhh.I should qualify that by saying that this isn t a bad book it s just mediocre There s your requisite Shocking Beginning gahhhhhh, don t get me started to raise the stakes and invest you in the new main character, without the main character being established, on his own, as someone worth investing in Plot wise, there are inconsistencies, too, and those are harder to swallow There s a lot of maneuvering to get all the players in the same place by the end Inconsistency and instalove Sighhhh.I should qualify that by saying that this isn t a bad book it s just mediocre There s your requisite Shocking Beginning gahhhhhh, don t get me started to raise the stakes and invest you in the new main character, without the main character being established, on his own, as someone worth investing in Plot wise, there are inconsistencies, too, and those are harder to swallow There s a lot of maneuvering to get all the players in the same place by the end of the book, and some of that maneuvering is very well done, but most of it makes no sense at all Ash is collared but can still stroll around wherever he wants He s a brand new healer, but he gets all the alone time he needs to fall in love love with a valuable prisoner And for people living under a paranoid tyrant, Lila and Ash have a lot of freedom with nary a suggestion of spies or of magical investigation tracking them.Also, don t get me started on the ham fisted ambiguity presented by the epilogue, and the way that throws one fairly primary character s actions into question Particularly given the time he spends under the eyes of a paranoid king.There are a lot of little inconsistencies, too all these insane vampire priests walking around, and not the whisper of a rumor about them anywhere How does the kingdom cover up all these dead bodies Why is Ash blithely unconcerned about the collar And Jenna s the only one who notices Ash s hair dye growing out Paranoid king, remember Big, big spoiler view spoiler Something worth keeping an eye on will be if Jenna s story comes to resemble Maddie s in The Dragon Heir. So far, I m not impressed, because it feels weirdly familiar hide spoiler There s a lot of advancing the plot forward with less than satisfying attention paid to the way people would respond, on an emotional level, to some of the cataclysmic events going on Which means that, while I still care about the world, it s all a holdover from the Seven Realms series I m not invested in these characters They don t feel fleshed out, and so their surroundings aren t fully compelling all of it is not quite real Which isn t a bad thing, given the Shocking Beginning Though of course I m going to pick up the sequel, because I m a sucker like that flag 12 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Sep 26, 2014 Alyssa Swept Away By Books rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2016 releases, 2015 reading challenge, all time favourites Flamecaster held up beautifully on its own as a young adult high fantasy, but to be back in the seven realms again was magical Chima wove an intriguing and heart pounding story, and despite certain events at the beginning of the book, I absolutely loved every bit of it The mentions of the original characters were perfect and made me so happy, but Ash and Jenna were fantastic protagonists full of Chima s charisma and dry humour The plot was amazing and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole Flamecaster held up beautifully on its own as a young adult high fantasy, but to be back in the seven realms again was magical Chima wove an intriguing and heart pounding story, and despite certain events at the beginning of the book, I absolutely loved every bit of it The mentions of the original characters were perfect and made me so happy, but Ash and Jenna were fantastic protagonists full of Chima s charisma and dry humour The plot was amazing and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and she set up the rest of the series perfectly I can t wait to see where this goes and can t recommend this one Wait anxiously for April because Flamecaster was perfect flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 30, 2016 Cody rated it really liked it review of another edition I ll keep this simple This is my first Cinda Williams Chima book and I can honestly say that after reading Flamecaster I fully intend to buy all her books and binge read them immediately I am now the proud owner of The Demon King Yes, this book was just that great I usually find the first book in a series a little shaky and all over the place and it s usually Book 2 where I become hooked but Chima is clearly a very talented author, everything about her writing spoke volumes to her abilitie I ll keep this simple This is my first Cinda Williams Chima book and I can honestly say that after reading Flamecaster I fully intend to buy all her books and binge read them immediately I am now the proud owner of The Demon King Yes, this book was just that great I usually find the first book in a series a little shaky and all over the place and it s usually Book 2 where I become hooked but Chima is clearly a very talented author, everything about her writing spoke volumes to her abilities but I was also left with a sneaky suspicion that she is only just getting started with this explosive new series This high fantasy knockout is sure to surprise everyone I was very quick to assume this would be similar to every other fantasy out there but it s truly one of a kind with it s strong character driven plot, it s extremely well paced writing giving you time to get to know and actually connect with the characters and the vivid world building.Flamecaster follows Ash and Jenna who live very different lives in two very different kingdoms but who have one common goal and that is to see the King of Arden s head on a pike Prince Ash is a famous healer posing as a pauper in order to seek his revenge and protect his family Jenna was born with a magemark on her neck but she has no idea what it means but she soon becomes hunted and this strange mark will now cost her everything, including her life What I loved about Flamecaster is that there wasn t a big focus on the romance, it was all plot and character driven, in fact Ash and Jenna don t even meet until the latter half of the book My only issue with the book which may come as a shock to some people was the romance I m always to first person to comment on a romance or to obsess over character ships and high angst interactions but sadly Flamecaster had a little dose of insta love I feel the build up to Ash and Jenna s eventual face off was written perfectly so it was such a shame for their relationship to take a quick dash down love lane otherwise this would have be a 5 star book for sure However please don t let this put anyone off, as I ve said this book doesn t focus of the romance, it s so much than that.Flamecaster is filled action, adventure, magic, dragons and a good dose of romance I highly recommend this to fantasy lovers and fans already familiar with Chima s work Also who can resist that gorgeous cover Literary ly Obsessed Blog Twitter Instagram flag 41 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 30, 2015 sraxe rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves did not finish, 1 star, fantasy, magic, third person, written review, young adult, romance, gorgeous cover You knowI wanted to get through it, but I really can t After that disastrous opening, view spoiler in which the author kills off Han, the male protagonist of the original series hide spoiler , I really didn t give a crap any view spoiler Like, seriouslyway to ruin the HEA of the previous series And his death was just so anti climactic and over within a few sentences I was like waitthat s it And I know that he miiiight come back or something, but I have no interest in get You knowI wanted to get through it, but I really can t After that disastrous opening, view spoiler in which the author kills off Han, the male protagonist of the original series hide spoiler , I really didn t give a crap any view spoiler Like, seriouslyway to ruin the HEA of the previous series And his death was just so anti climactic and over within a few sentences I was like waitthat s it And I know that he miiiight come back or something, but I have no interest in getting to that Because then that ll piss me off even because I hate when characters are killed off for dramatic effectonly to be brought back later So either way, lose lose in my eyes hide spoiler AnywayI tried to, but I couldn t.Aside from my annoyance with that, Adrian and Jenna are both uninteresting The one interesting character so far was Adrian s older sister, Hana, but she s already dead When Adrian was moping around about how great his sister was, it only served to make me side eye making Adrian the main character even view spoiler And he s a douche for running off instead of staying to comfort his mother, Raisa Hana died a little while back, so Raisa is still dealing with that And now her husband, Han, is dead And her son, Adrian, is missing but presumed dead And Adrian s whining because he doesn t want to explain that his father died Yeah, because it s so much better to run away and leave her to deal with two, possibly three, deaths of her once five person family hide spoiler I needed a better reason for view spoiler Han s hide spoiler death I needed a better reason for Adrian s flight from home I just needed something compelling all around to keep me going Honestly, I wish the author had just chosen a different protagonist from another part of the Seven Realms rather than Han and Raisa s son flag 16 likesLike see review View all 19 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity YA Buddy Readers The Shattered Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima Reading Shadowcaster Shattered Realms 2 from April 4th 2018 18 30 Apr 17, 2018 09 54AM YA Buddy Readers Flamecaster Shattered Realms 1 by Cinda Williams Chima Restarting March 15th 2018 16 37 Mar 31, 2018 11 14AM Flamecaster New romances 1 8 Feb 06, 2018 12 31PM Synopsis in Spanish Sinopsis en Espa ol 1 1 Aug 25, 2017 07 18PM Odens Ford Flamecaster 6 114 Nov 26, 2016 08 36PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima comes from a long line of fortune tellers, musicians and spinners of tales She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers.Her Heir Chronicles series magic comes to contemporary Ohio comprises The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir, and the Sorcerer Heir Chima s Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King in 2009 IThe Exiled Queen in 2010 The Gray Wolf Throne in 2011, and The Crimson Crown 2012Her Shattered Realms quartet comprises Flamecaster 2016 Shadowcaster 2017 Stormcaster 2018 and Deathcaster scheduled for March 5, 2019 Chima is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron Chima has been a workshop leader, panelist, and speaker at writing conferences, including the Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference, the Western Reserve Writers Conference, and the World Fantasy Convention She frequently speaks to young writers and readers at schools and libraries nationwide Chima lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel Other books in the series Shattered Realms 4 books Books by Cinda Williams Chima More Trivia About Flamecaster Shat No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Flamecaster The problem is, hope is the thing that can t be reined in by rules or pinned down by bitter experience It s a blessing and curse 24 likes We spend so much of our lives waiting to be ambushed by heartbreak Why couldn t we be ambushed by joy 20 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 3020, 3658, 1536, 319, 140 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog 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    Flamecaster Shattered Realms Cinda Williams Chima s Flamecaster is a sequel of sorts to her entire Seven Realms series, although it is not essential that you read the first series before starting this one. Cinda Williams Chima s official web site The first of four novels in The Shattered Realms series, now on sale About Flamecaster Adrian sul Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic and a thirst for revenge. Flamecaster int ed Cinda Williams Chima Also by Cinda Williams Chima The Heir Chronicles The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir The Sorcerer Heir The Seven Realms Series Flamecaster Review The Midnight Garden Aimal July th, This is such a great review, and I agree with most everything you said Chima really is a fantastic author, and I thought this was a great start to the new series. Firelords Flamecaster Gear Inside Game of War Firelords Flamecaster You are viewing info about the Game of War gear Firelords Flamecaster Kim Mai Guest This article relies largely or entirely on a single source Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources May Half the World Shattered Sea, Book Rakuten Kobo Read Half the World Shattered Sea, Book by Joe Abercrombie available from Rakuten Kobo Sign up today and get off your first purchase Grabbed me and refused to let go George R.R Martin SOMETIMES A GIRL IS TOUCHED BY MOTHER WARThorn lives to fight But Large Darkhollow Geode Items EverQuest ZAM Everquest Item Information for Large Darkhollow Geode Artisan Gorion Telld mare says I have heard about the most amazing thing from a new underground area that just opened up. Best Book Series for Teens Common Sense Media Common Sense Media editors help you choose Best Book Series for Teens Give em what they love trilogies, multipart sagas, and tantalizing cliffhangers. Malachite Items EverQuest ZAM Everquest Item Information for Malachite In response to a previous post The reason they don t include the selling price of the various permutations of spiderling silk

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        New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima comes from a long line of fortune tellers, musicians and spinners of tales She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers.Her Heir Chronicles series magic comes to contemporary Ohio comprises The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir, and the Sorcerer Heir Chima s New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima comes from a long line of fortune tellers, musicians and spinners of tales She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers.Her Heir Chronicles series magic comes to contemporary Ohio comprises The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir, and the Sorcerer Heir Chima s Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King in 2009 IThe Exiled Queen in 2010 The Gray Wolf Throne in 2011, and The Crimson Crown 2012Her Shattered Realms quartet comprises Flamecaster 2016 Shadowcaster 2017 Stormcaster 2018 and Deathcaster scheduled for March 5, 2019 Chima is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron Chima has been a workshop leader, panelist, and speaker at writing conferences, including the Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference, the Western Reserve Writers Conference, and the World Fantasy Convention She frequently speaks to young writers and readers at schools and libraries nationwide Chima lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel


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    1. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsFirst things first I ve been asked eleventy billion times where FLAMECASTER falls in the works of Chima lineup it s a spinoff from her Seven Realms series.You Should I read Seven Realms before reading FLAMECASTER Me That s a complicated question Technically, you don t need to BUT I think you should B c reasons 1 It s my favorite finished YA fantasy series, so EVERYONE should read it.2 I have an OCD compulsion to read everything in order.3 There s somethin Reviewed b [...]


    2. On Sale for the month of March on for 1.99Be careful what you wish for This was my thought this entire book I loved the Seven Realms series and like many pined for stories in this world Well I got it CWC completely delivered a fantastic story but I also got what comes with that All the characters that were safe in my head with their Happily Ever Afters are no longer safe and I learned early that I might not be okay with that because CWC totally ripped out my heart while it was s On Sale for th [...]


    3. Cinda Williams Chima just broke my heart I didn t much read the blurb to the book and I skimmed reviews so I never really knew what was going to happen in this book I just knew that Chima wrote it and I wanted it so I got it I thought that the Seven Realms series was over and I was happy and then they weren t in a sense and the beginning of this book destroyed me MILD SPOILERS And at first I blamed the person that blamed them self in the book for what happened But I knew I just had Cinda William [...]


    4. Hope is the thing that can t be reined in by rules or pinned down by bitter experience It s a blessing and a curse Okay, let s break this down 1 This is one of the most promising starts to a fantasy series I ve read in a long time.2 I haven t read the Seven Realms series but, if you have, there is something that happens at the start of this book that will give you serious feelings I almost feel them just by knowing what I know, even though I never read the original books.3 Flamec [...]


    5. I would recommend reading the Seven Realms series before this book BUT also maybe wait a bit before starting this new series I originally read this book after finishing the Seven Realms books and couldn t get past a main character s death at the beginning It was SO pointless and depressing that I called this a DNF because it just felt like But now I was able to read this as a new story instead of just looking for of Han, Raisa, and Amon as adults I absolutely love this world and it was s I woul [...]


    6. That was too far, Chima, TOO FAR Why how why You ve struck hard, and right where it hurts Cruel move This series is set about two decades after the end of the Seven Realms series and what happens here is as a result of that went down in the first series So,YOU NEED TO READ THAT SERIES FIRST in order to better understand the world and certain characters.


    7. 2.5 Not going to write a whole review for this so I ll just leave a few points1 I love the world It feels so real and is so well done.2 I LOVED Cinda s Seven Realms series that happens before this one That being said, I m totally peeved about what happened to one of the characters So not cool Pointless Shitty So if you decide to read the other series, wait a while until you dig into this one.3 The story was very slow and kinda boring While I like the characters, I m not super 2.5 Not going to wr [...]


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