ARC Review: Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Posted October 17, 2016 by Kate

ARC Review: Flamecaster by Cinda Williams ChimaCheck out on Goodreads | Buy on Amazon
Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy
Series: Shattered Realms #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: From the author

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.

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima is honestly, one of my favorite YA High Fantasy reads ever. It’s so… awesome :) Her ability to string together the best characters and stories and glorious EVERYTHING and … everything that ties in so beautifully with her absolutely stunning, eloquent writing. Cinda, as ever, has me inspired and emotionally wrought.

Flamecaster is along the same vein and is about the kids of the Seven Realms characters. You will get told this is a standalone series from the Seven RealmsDO NOT BELIEVE. It is possible for you to skip the other series, and go straight to this. Do not do this. It’s packed full of references, and innuendos, and FEELS that you will not understand if you skip Seven RealmsTrust me. 

Flamecaster was absolutely amazing :) I absolutely consumed it. How could you not? It was such a cozy, fiery, twisty, funny, and unpredictable read!

“To be honest, I thought of you as an amateur – a spoiled, entitled, runaway princeling bent on revenge who would get caught and then complicate my elegant scheme. I figured the less you knew, the better.”
“I hate it when you sugarcoat things,” Ash said.

Ash, the son of Raisa and Han from Seven Realms, was our main character (and I’m going to tell you nothing, because SPOILERS) and he was amazing. Through the story, we got to see Ash mature and grow into a stunning (and totally crush-worthy) young man and I grew a deep connection with him that lasted throughout the book. Ash was an absolutely stunning MC, with the best characteristics from his mother and father… it’s was amazing. 

Ash’s counterpart, Jenna, was endlessly intriguing! She has so much mystery with her background and her whole personality is very enjoyable! Determined to make a difference, Jenna is determined and relentless, but we still managed to see her quirky personality and her stunning intellect. More characters to love and despair and hen over!  <3

The feels in this book dug their claws in deep and yanked my heart out. Then shoved it back in and it swelled immensely…only to get yanked back out again. I was crying two chapters in, and the tumultuous, rollercoaster emotions it offered continued throughout the book; having me laughing, crying, grinning, swearing and clutching my chair in despair and anxiety and wonder and captivation and awe. There were so many things about this book that I loved… I just can’t even think right now! If you haven’t picked up a Cinda book yet, pick up Seven Realmsand then get to this one and fangirl over it with me!! ✨

Have you read a book by Cinda Williams Chima? What are your favorite high fantasy’s? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

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