Review: Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Posted August 5, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Flamecaster by Cinda Williams ChimaFlamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Shattered Realms #1
Published by HarperCollins on April 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 535
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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A burning vengeance.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, 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?
A blood-based curse.
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told 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.
Destiny’s fiery hand.
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.

As per usual, my undying love for this novel means my review shall be short and sweet!

I loved this. This was the first Chima book I have read in a very long time, and I am so shocked that I haven’t heard more about it! She writes from four POV’s, two girls two guys, and the story unwinds itself at a near perfect pace. I didn’t read the synopsis past the first few lines, so it took a bit of time for me to understand what was going to happen and where these characters were going to take me. I loved how unique each voice was, and how diverse the characters felt. There was no “checking the box” when it came to giving them attributes, and that is always so refreshing. The world is clearly flushed out, and it paints a beautiful mental picture from page to page. The dialogue is hilarious, I really liked that no one person was the funny one. Each character brought their own form of humor to a situation. The events were slow paced, but it never felt that way. Chima eases you in gently, then takes you for a ride the whole way through. Such amazing story arch for each character, and the magic system was new compared to most fantasies being published recently. I literally read this in two sittings, the world is so rich and the people inside felt like my closest friends – a feeling I have not felt in a very long time.


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