Flamecaster (Shattered Realms Series #1)

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms Series #1)

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by Cinda Williams Chima

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Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for


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

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. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. 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 ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine for The Gray Wolf Throne
“Chima’s tour-de-force world-building keeps readers apt, with cutthroat action sequences running parallel to the political ones.”
The Horn Book for The Crimson Crown
“Betrayal, war, and the faith of lovers all come around to a glorious conclusion as Chima weaves together her geopolitical, magical, romantic, and even mythical themes on an epic scale.”
VOYA, June 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 2) - Jonathan Ryder
This book follows the adventures of four young people as they navigate the mystical world of the Shattered Realms series. Adrian is a healer, son of a powerful mage, who has been forced into hiding by the murder of his father. Jenna is a rebel, toiling in the depth of the Delphian mines while trying to keep a mysterious mark on her neck hidden. Destin is a member of the Intelligence Service, trying to serve his kingdom while being aware of his father’s disapproval. Lila is a warrior, tasked with keeping an eye on a mysterious student. Their stories will twist and turn amid the tensions that are boiling over in the court of Gerard Montaigne, the cruel king of Arden. Will Adrian succeed in his mission to infiltrate the king’s court and ultimately kill him? What is the meaning behind Jenna’s mysterious mark? While this story takes place within a well-established setting, it does not require that the reader be familiar the setting. The characters are reasonably well crafted and come across as generally well-meaning, if often flawed, individuals. Some of the minor characters, especially King Gerald, are highly stereotypical, however. Since this narrative involves four separate yet intertwining strands, it takes some time for the stories to be established. Some readers might be a little put off by the disjointed narrative at first but will be rewarded as they read further. The ending makes it clear that further adventures are planned. The book deals with issues of friendship, loyalty, and the fulfillment of destiny. This would be a solid addition to the fantasy section of most high school libraries. Reviewer: Jonathan Ryder; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-02-02
Chima revisits the Seven Realms for the next generation of warfare, intrigue, romance, and magic. Adrian "Ash" sul'Han, young prince of the Fells, has lost too much to the monstrous king of Arden and runs away to train as a wizard healer, devoting his spare time to assassination. Jenna Bandelow, destitute Ardenine coal miner, has suffered even more, and she joins the guerrillas rebelling against the crown. Years later their winding paths collide at the Ardenine court, with one a slave and the other a prisoner. Between Ash's deadly skills and magical power and Jenna's saboteur training and mysterious magemark, together they might achieve the vengeance neither could accomplish alone. Readers hoping for a cheery reunion with beloved characters will be dismayed at the pain, violence, death, and horror on tap from the opening pages, but those expecting immersive worldbuilding, twisty plotting, and complex characterization will be hooked. Guilt-ridden Ash is oddly well-matched with fierce, passionate Jenna; the large cast of secondary characters who help or hinder their quests all command attention as well. The secret of Jenna's magemark will surprise nobody, but it promises fascinating future ramifications; and even as one villain is foiled, a new, more sinister threat looms over the Realms. A welcome return for loyal fans and a splendid jumping-on point for new ones. Both will be panting for the next installment. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Shattered Realms Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.70(d)
HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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

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Flamecaster 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima is the beginning of a new series set in the same place as the Seven Realms series by the same author. Adrian is thirteen with healing powers that he wants to learn more about so he can help in a better way than he does at the present time. He discusses going away to a school with his father right before they are both attacked and his father is poisoned and dies. His older sister Hana has already been killed by the King of Arden. Now only Adrian, his mother and younger sister are all that's left of their family. Jenna works in the mines with her beau, Riley and a young girl named Maggi. That all changes once the King og Arden visits the mines and wants to teach a lesson to the workers and he ends up killing the people Jenna cares about and she runs and hides to protect her life. Adrian goes with Taliesen to school to learn magic and healing and perfect his abilities. Four years later, Jenna poses as a boy and Adrian has become a killer and a healer and both are taking their revenge. Destin adds to the mix of characters as good and bad. Flamecaster is a great book full of mystery and fantasy with very dynamic characters. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel!
Maggie Brister More than 1 year ago
Well, we all knew I was going to read this book, and I’m pretty sure we all knew I was going to love it. Cinda Williams Chima is my favorite young adult author who has created my favorite world, and it was wonderful to be back in the presence of the Fellsians and, surprisingly, the Ardenians. I didn’t really know how I wanted to write this review, but I do know that I want to praise the way Chima writes. I usually can see an outcome of a book from a mile away, and I was pleasantly surprised multiple times in this book. There were many twists and turns, and sometimes that can be overwhelming. However, Chima beautifully crafts a work that is riveting and fast paced, and yet it is easy to follow with all the exciting changes she throws in. Writing a new series in a old world can be difficult, as us avid readers of the first series are expecting something spectacular. Chima did not disappoint. The new plot points, characters, and expanded universe in Flamecaster have set up a new series that is going to be jam-packed with action. I don’t know what I’m going to do while I wait for the next one. I guess I’ll just say my favorite thing: the fact that the book switched between four different character views made me outrageously happy. Four characters for me to love, and I fell hard for all of them. To wrap up this rambling (I wish my review did this book justice!): the Seven Realms is a place full of magic, romance, and now *spoilers*, and those are all my favorite things in a book series. I still remember sitting down and reading The Demon King in my grandmother’s house for the first time in 2009, and being blown away by how someone could write everything that makes my heart burst with happiness. Flamecaster did the same thing - fantasy at its finest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately a new favorite that I will be re-reading many times over. I can't wait for the rest of the stoy! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome! Spoiler****** ************************************************ Hate that Han died so early
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. I really hate books that have insta-love, and the authors don't put any effort into developing a love story. I don't want to ruin anything, but this insta-love went too far too fast for it to be believable. Also, the ending comes too abruptly for my taste. The entire time, Ash was trying to accomplish something, and then everything just came together too quickly and wasn't very believable- there were a lot of holes that left me think, "wait, how did he get there", or "why would that character do that?". Books like this make me feel cheated. I read the entire book just for it to end suddenly and unexplainably. I will not be reading anymore books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of her books so far! Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucks you in from the get go.. can't wait for more!
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