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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  73 reviews
If the magic doesn't kill her, the truth just might.

Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversee
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Published September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
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Nenia ✨️ The Trash Empress ✨️ Campbell

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If you pitch something to me as Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Fight Club, I'm going to read it, no questions asked. I might be a little skeptical about how two such very different concepts might pair, but I'm still going to read it anyway. And then, I'm going to be proven wrong, because it's going to be amazing-- at least, that's how it worked out with CASTER.



This was such an amazing book. A much better way of describing it, though,
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Vibur (hiatus)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
CHINESE-INSPIRED FIGHT CLUB. AND MAGIC.
I admit, I wasn't sure what to make of Caster at first, but I ended up really liking it.

So, the magic system, wow. It's so inventive and vividly realised. There are constraints set and conditions to be met, and there are prices to be paid—whether as physical pain for the person or as larger, cataclysmic (and legit, earth-shattering) damage to the ecology. It's a world twisted awry, made shadowy and distorted—a world of gloomy smog and crumbling curbs, of pu
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Divine Anas
THE LOVE CHILD OF FIGHT CLUB, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER AND, FULL METAL ALCHEMIST Yeah, I know it's a mouthful but Caster does execute well and draws parallel from these 3 works of art. I IMPLORE YOU TO READ THIS. I mean, the amount of reviews for this books is an injustice to its beauty?!?!

ACCESSIBLE WRITING COUPLED WITH A FAST-PACED PLOT
Caster takes off immediately when you read the first chapter. It doesn’t wastes its time with some niceties before diving in. It’s writing is simple, efficien
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Nafiza
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A complex protagonist, an even more complex magic system, and very high stakes. Caster kept me on the edge of my seat. There'd better be a sequel is all I'm saying.
USOM
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

While you can get swept away with the magic of Caster, what sticks with you after the last page is Aza - her grief and her responsibility. A year after the death of her sister, Aza is no closer to figuring out what really happened to her sister, nor is her family fully recovered financially. What begins with a plot to save her family while the clock ticks down, becomes something e
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Jessica | Booked J
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As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Did I know I would enjoy Caster before reading it? UM. Yes. Did I know how much? NOPE. To be perfectly honest,I was blindsided by my love of Elsie Chapman's Caster and have spent the better part of a few weeks babbling about it to anyone who will listen. Caster is yet another nove
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Kelly Brigid ♡
I don't understand HOW this book isn't being discussed by everyone, because it's amazing! The promise of Avatar: the Last Airbender meets Fight Club did not disappoint! It was everything I hoped it would be and so much! I especially adore the way the magic system is constructed. It reminded me of a perfect blend between Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Avatar. ♡

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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
What a wild ride! I really enjoyed this and it was such a fun and thrilling read. CASTER has been pitched as FIGHT CLUB x A:TLA - which I agree with! - but I also think Caster is an urban fantasy dystopia that is INFERNAL AFFAIRS x FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD. 👀

- Follows Aza, an Asian teen who is a 'full caster' - a person who can cast 'full magic' - who enters as a competitor in an underground casting tournament -- where she may also find the answers about her sister's mysterious death.
- I
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Dahlia
Well, this was pretty badass! Not only did this totally
live up to being magical fight club, but I really loved the worldbuilding of the sectors, and the idea that each one leaves its sensory marks on the people who pass through it. It had great mysteries and stakes, and the whole thing felt like a great followup to Chapman’s story in HUNGRY HEARTS, which was one of my favorites. Very much looking forward to more! (CW, besides the obvious violence: sibling death)
Lance
"It's said that earth's magic comes doesn't have a physical form, but even so it fills my veins. Full magic glows inside, a red that's brighter and hotter than any blood, desperate to be free."

ARC obtained from the Scholastic Booth at Bookcon 2019.

4 Stars. Caster was a book I went into expecting to not care for, yet by the end I found myself a bit disappointed it was over. When I tell you that I was expecting nothing, I truly mean it: maybe it's because I completely judged this by the its co
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Shealea
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Layered. This book is so beautifully, astonishingly layered. And it’s complemented by a powerful punch that quite literally took my breath away. And just when I thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, Elsie Chapman effortlessly pulled off a “ha bitch you thought” and set up a wildly fascinating premise for the sequel.

Not to exaggerate but the moment I finished Caster, I sat quietly for minutes, asked myself if this was a stand-alone novel, and then sent Elsie Chapman a message on Instagram
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Wendy
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Written in Wonder

4.5/5
WHAT. A. RIDE.

Thank you so much to Elsie Chapman and to Scholastic for the review copy! CASTER will be out on September 3rd, 2019.

Please note: quotes in this review are taken from an uncorrected proof copy of the book and may not reflect the final text.

Here are some of the aspects of this book which I loved:
The magic system

I only have endless praise for the well-developed magic system in CASTER, which was introduced in an engaging way from
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Sophie
Caster

★★★★

TW: murder, violence, family death.

This is an underrated book and really does deserve more love. BECAUSE the plot is something and I feel like soooo many people would like it.

So here we go....

It is described as fight club meets avatar the last airbender. It has also been described as the hunger games with magic. I mean this is already sounding great.

But what is it actually....

It is set in a world where magic is illegal and dangerous and full casters are rare. But for Aza, a full ca
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Lauren Stoolfire
Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you have to pay your tribute. And now with Shire dead, Aza must step in to save the legacy of Wu Teas, the te ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
Magic comes from everywhere, but it takes from everywhere too.

Magic is dangerous. After it killed her sister Shire, Aza knows all too well that the powers come with a price. Casting is something Aza can't escape, as she secretly performs magic to help alleviate her family's financial debts. So when she finds an invitation to an underground casting tournament, she enters in hopes of winning and getting answers about her sister's mysterious death. It's a fight for her life in more ways than one. A
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rain
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
well this was an interesting read! i tend to love books with the tournament trope because i enjoy reading about the challenges, the high stakes, and the tension. caster gave me all of that. the magic system also amazed me a lot because of how unique and innovative it is. i appreciate the boundaries to the magic and how costly it is, both to the caster and the environment. the destructive nature of the magic system added layers to the story and i liked that.

however, i wasn't fully able to love th
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Rich in Color
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review copy: Publisher

I went into Caster with pretty high expectations for two reasons: 1. I love Elsie Chapman’s writing — her story in the short story anthology A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is one of my favorites. 2. Fantasy brimming with complex worldbuilding and magic systems is the kind of thing I love to read. Caster, I’m happy to say, did not disappoint.

In Caster, Aza Wu is a caster capable of full magic, magic that comes with a cost to her own body and to the earth — a cost so terri
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Elsa Munoz
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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♥ Jasmine ♥
I refuse to believe that this book didn't even get 100 ratings on Goodreads.

I REFUSE.

Honestly, this book is so interesting and you can immediately get into the story after a couple of pages. The main character Aza, who lives in a dystopian world where magic is dangerous and comes at a cost, is trying to put together the pieces of her sister's mysterious death but is also trying to save her family's business since it was originally her sister's job.

This story is amazingly dark. The battle scenes
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rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
"a chinese-inspired fight club plus magic" im interested
Alexandra
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars
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Ray Foy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caster is a fantasy-thriller written for a young adult audience, though it will certainly be enjoyable for older readers. The common use of magic by humans is the book’s driving premise, fueling its action and ecological theme. This magic aspect is Harry Potterish, but with a greater sense of constraints and consequences. There is also a dystopian element that makes it a darker (and more grittily realistic) world than HP. Though I noted weak points in the book’s plotting and characters, it i ...more
Chloe
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
*Spoiler free, 3.5 stars*

I first heard about this book when the cover was revealed. It has an absolutely stunning cover, and it definitely sets the stage for what this book is about. And then I learned it's about magic and the price that has to be paid for it. There's underground tournaments, secrets, and mysteries too. It sounded like something I would like to read, and I wanted to give it a shot.

While I'm a bit back and forth on my feelings toward some parts of this book, I can say that I enjo
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Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
Dude! Look at that cover, though!!?!?! I love it! I love it when covers can essentially give us everything we need to know about the book {although we don't know that until we read the book} and Caster does just this.

Lotusland is a complicated land where full magic casters are shunned because of the damage they have caused to Earth. They are illegal and hunted down by enforcers called Scouts.

And Aza is just that -a full magic-user



The world-building in Caster is very descriptive. As Chapman des
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Nicholas Perez
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was given an ARC from the publisher for a giveaway

More so a 4.5/5 due to some side characters not getting as much development, but overall this was a solid YA urban fantasy!

Caster is a appropriately fast paced for a YA urban fantasy but never lets up or drags down with its world building. The magic system is most interesting for its recoil mechanics; although recoil is focused on in many fantasy series Caster highlights on this more so than others, and the recoil is not only physical.

Aza's story
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Jan farnworth
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow i totally love this book, you got a complex magic system that consists of not only two types of casters those with full magic and those with half magic. You also have the ways the spells can be cast, how they are cast and what can be done to cast them. Then you got the effects of using magic one you can become an invor which is someone who used magic to the point where they will shatter from it and become unstable. Those are usually hunted down and put in cages as a warning to those who hid ...more
Rayna
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 stars)

Sometimes I lie so much that I think I’ll stop knowing what’s real anymore. Or maybe it’s just being surrounded by the lies of so many others that they change what truth even means.

This book was so different from usual YA. And it totally worked! The magic system was so complex and interesting, and it was explained really well too. There is a chunk about it at the beginning, but then we learn more as Aza discovers more about her magic. And there isn’t any romance! The plot focuses on A
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Michelle
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has a very interesting concept. It takes place in an Asian nation in a world where everyone used to be able to do magic. Over time, however, the magic started slowly destroying the Earth. Every time a caster used magic there would be earthquakes, crazy weather, mass extinctions, etc. As time went on, people started to feel physical repercussions from using magic. They would get massive headaches, bruises, bloody noses, etc. The stronger the spell used, the more destruction it would cau ...more
Fatima Herondale
I hate that I'm DNF-ing this :/ The premise and world building was SO GOOD- the conflict between the power and ease of full magic vs the gradual destruction of an already broken Earth was something I'd never read before. Unfortunately, that's the only positive I can really take out of the book. The rest of the world building was very wishy washy- Lotusland sounds like some sort of theme park, and with an entire sector devoted to Tea, I thought it might be some sort of East Asian inspired setting ...more
Stephanie Bange
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed from an ARC.

In this fantasy, Aza Wu is a caster, capable of casting full magic, in a world where casters are being hunted toward extinction by Scouts. Her sister Shire died under suspicious circumstances while casting last year. Aza finds herself in the same underground casting tournament, coming head-to-head with the caster responsible for Shire’s death in a battle to save not only her own life, but also that of her parents and their teahouse.

Chapman has carefully crafted a fantastic
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Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, Canada, and has a degree in English literature from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the YA novels Dualed, Divided, Along the Indigo, and Caster as well as the MG novel All the Ways Ho
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