Monday, April 4, 2016

#Review: Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

by Cinda Williams Chima
Release date:  April 19th 2016
Format: eARC
Genre: YA High Fantasy
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The first in a thrilling new four-book fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, set in the same world as her beloved Seven Realms series, a generation later
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it? 
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.
*I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:


So, confession: I am like the biggest fan of this author. She is in my top three all time favorite authors and I've read everything she's written. I have literally never been so excited to get an ARC and as soon as I was approved, I read it. And.... I LOVED it.

Flamecaster is the first in the Shattered Realms series, which is sequel series/continuation/companion series to the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. It takes place a generation after Seven Realms with a new cast of characters that are slightly reminiscent to the first series, and a whole new world of trouble. First, let me say that I highly recommend this book whether you've read Seven Realms or not, I think any lover of fantasy would love it. However if you've read Seven Realms you'll love it even more. It's not a requirement, the book takes place a generation after Seven Realms and it easily stands on its own, but I mean, Seven Realms is awesome so why wouldn't you read it?

Ash, a wizard that specializes in healing, runs away to Oden's Ford (the giant school for warriors/wizards/and others) after his father is killed right in front of him and he can do nothing. Ash's family is slowly being killed by the King Of Arden and Ash wants nothing more than revenge.
Jenna is a slave, essentially. Living in Delphi, Jenna's worked in the mines since she was young. With a magemark on the back of her neck, she's sure she's destined for great things. The King or Arden won't rest until he takes over the Fells, and kills the whole Gray Wolf line but Ash and Jenna both intend to kill him before he gets that chance.

Basically, this is young adult high fantasy at it's best. Lots of character development, lots of world building and action. And if you haven't read Seven Realms yet go, read it now. 

I loved this book! There's the action and character development and the writing I've loved since I first read this author's work. And why aren't these books more popular? Seriously, if you like YA fantasy read all the books!

A few of my favorite things:

Characters: I loved all the characters so much. And there was quite a bit of mystery surrounding some of them. Ash is awesome, he's a healer meaning he stands on the thin line between life and death (good and evil) and I loved how the author showed that. For Seven Realms fans, he's not quite Cuffs level of awesome yet but close.

Jenna was also awesome! She's not your typical badass female character but she's still badass. Lia is very mysterious, saving Ash from assassination at Oden's Ford she pops in and out and you don't really know what's with her until the end and then it's...GAH! Destin - who works for the King of Arden -is another great but confusing/mysterious character, I still don't know what is going on with him but I love it!

Basically all the characters are multi-faceted and awesome.

The writing: I've mentioned that I think this author is amazing, yes? The book is like 550 pages but it doesn't feel like it's that long. It's fast paced and gripping and the writing is amazing and, can I fangirl for a bit please?

The plot/world: There is so much going on in this book. I do recommend you read Seven Realms first but it's not completely necessary. However, you might understand things a bit better if you do. Most of this book takes place in Arden, where mages are considered demons, priests drain them of their blood (which they drink) to save them before killing them. But the King of Arden also, collars mages to use in his war. Basically, he doesn't believe in magic, he believes in one god and wants to concur the rest of the Seven Realms and force them to believe the same thing. Which I loved. It's such an interesting part of the plot and world. You get to see a different side of the Seven Realms that you didn't really see a ton of in the first series which is really cool even if I miss the Fells. Again, the plot was very fast paced and there's so much going on that I just want to find what it all is? Like, things happen, and since it's the first book they aren't resolved and you don't really understand some of it and I WANT TO so badly.

A few of my not so favorite things:

- There's one thing and I have to mention it because it makes me so sad... This book... *Sob* has INSTA LOVE! Nooooo! It's true. It's not the worst case I've seen but it's there.  *Sobbing* I thought I saw a nice slow romance building and then it struck. It's not enough to change my feelings on the rest of the book and, if I know this author, it will be worth it in the following books, but I was sad. Mainly because I barely had time to start shipping the ship when it struck. =(

- This isn't really a negative but some parts were a bit slow but not once was I bored or did I lose interest because the writing was so gripping.

Overall: I highly recommend this book whether you've read Seven Realms or not. There's FEELS, shipping, lots of character development, some mystery, and phenomenal writing. It's very much the first in a series, meaning at parts it's a little slow and it's a lot of set up but it pays off in the end and, if I know this author's writing, it will pay off even more so in future books.

So yes. Go read Seven Realms right this minute so you are prepared for this phenomenal book!

Would I Recommend This? YEEEESSSSS.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? I cannot take this seriously, OF COURSE! <3


  1. I'm really glad you loved this, since I'm dying to read it. Seven Realms was just so fantastic, and I can't wait for this. Great review, Shay! :)

  2. ... What about Cuffs....T_T