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Flamecaster

(Shattered Realms #1)

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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  9,345 ratings  ·  1,257 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 535 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Valerie Yes. The opening of this book spoils the outcome of the Seven Realms series.
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

First 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
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
OMG! I got a package in the mail today and I won some stuff from Cinda's sweepstakes. I got the a new Hardback Dustjacket copy to put on the old one that matches all the other books in the set. I got some bookmarks, a tattoo, and a signed bookplate! I am so happy! I actually put the new one over the old one and put it back on my shelf. Lol




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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 h
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Robin (Bridge Four)
On Sale for the month of March on Amazon for $1.99

Be careful what you wish for. This was my thought this entire book. I loved the Seven Realms series and like many pined for more 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
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Emily May
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
"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
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Cait • A Page with a View
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 more of Han, Raisa, and Amon as adults.

I absolutely love this world and it was s
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❄️Nani❄️
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it


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.
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
2.5 - Not going to write a whole review for this so I'll just leave a few points...

1. 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
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★ʜɑʋɘɳ★
Oct 06, 2014 marked it as to-read
Edit #1:

Wow. That cover.
Just. Wow.

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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 OMG

IS THIS FOR REAL?

Choko
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons, fantasy, ya
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with the wizards at BB&B!!!


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
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at page 26....

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I can't I just can't.
WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA, WHY?!
My OTP.. my poor OTP.....
Shattered Realms literally shattered me...

It 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
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Caitlin
Apr 08, 2017 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 stars

You'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 more 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
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Lucía
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5

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POR FIN LO ESTOY COMENZANDOOOOO.

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LO TENGO. OH POR DIOS, LO TENGO. ASSDFGHJKL.



Quiero releer primero Seven Realms antes de empezar esta belleza, BUT SOON.
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
"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
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Regan
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
4.5

Solid start to another solid series by Ms. Chima
Reading Teen
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kristalia
Buddy read with Nouf *LostinFantasy* :D

Final rating: 3/5 stars

I 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
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Rating 2.5-3

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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 Goodreads 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)
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Connor
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jody
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms series was one of my favorites when I was younger. So, I had high expectations coming into the Shattered Realms series, and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed.

Mrs. Chima's characters, world building, and plot were just as top notch as I remember. I enjoyed everyone of the POV's in this book. Ash, Jenna, Lila, and Destin were all great characters and the side characters were just as well developed. This series has a darker feel that the original, and Mrs.
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Sarah
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
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Taylor
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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.”

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*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
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Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
“You cannot stand astride the line between
good 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
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Belinda (TheBookBuddies)
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
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Amren's Wife Taylor
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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Azbaqiyah
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 2017

JUST LOOK AT THE NEW COVER! IT HAS TOG VIBES WITH IT!
AND KNOW I DON'T WHICH SHOULD I PICK....
Helen
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Beth
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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sraxe
You know...I wanted to get through it, but I really can't. After that disastrous opening, (view spoiler), I really didn't give a crap anymore. (view spoiler) ...more
Alyssa | Swept Away By Books
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
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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.

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