The first half was entertaining but I was bored by the end.
Following the lives of the next generation from Chima's world of the Seven Realms, Flamecaster proves to be a well-written and action-packed YA title full of magic, subterfuge, and romance.
After the assassination of his father, the king of the Northern Fells, Prince Adrian flees and goes into hiding deep in enemy territory. Using his healing magic as an excuse to learn how to kill and poison, Ash trains for the day that he can kill the king of Arden, a madman who has waged a constant, bloody war against the Fells for years and is likely responsible for his father's death. Meanwhile, in the Ardenine city of Delphi, a resistance is brewing to throw off the king's shackles and the young freedom fighter Jenna Bandelow quickly finds herself the target of the King's spymaster, Destin Karn.
While an excellent can't-put-down read (just like the previous series), Chima spends very little time showing us who the old characters have turned into
Worth the read because this fantasy novel revisits the world of the author's previous series, The Seven Realms. I liked the characters, although their development, and the plot, lacked something. The next book in this series, "Shadowcaster", is said to be excellent however.
This book was alright it did take me a while to get into in by the end I had so many questions couldn't wait to dig into the next one! Which was way better btw!
Loved the Seven Realms series. I'm hoping the Shattered Realms picks up a bit more momentum in future books. Between uber creepy blood-sucking priests (I skipped a few pages) and a hard to believe love at first sight scenario, the characters themselves were interesting and I remain very curious about where their adventures will take them.
This is a solid series-opener, despite being a bit slow to get started. Fans of Chima's Seven Realms series, which is set in the same universe as this book, will be mildly traumatized by something that happens in an early chapter (I certainly was), but if they can make it past that, and give Chima the time to really settle back into the world and get readers invested with the characters, it's a very good read. The romantic subplot in this book feels rushed and less emotionally satisfying compared to the slow-burning, exceptionally well-developed romance in the original series, but by the end of the book it's clear that Chima had her reasons for wanting the characters in question to already have formed an attachment. I just think the fantasy universe Chima has created with these two interlinked series is so fascinating and there's a lot of opportunity to develop it further with the rest of the books in this series -- so I'll be eagerly awaiting those future installments.
PamelaMemmott thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
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