Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Cinda Williams Chima

Harper Teen

The Seven Realms have been at war for twenty-five years. Gerard Montaigne, King of Arden, is determined to forge an empire out of the realms.

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“. . .for lovers of fantasy everywhere.”

He doesn’t care how many starve or are worked to death to fuel his war effort. Mages are enslaved and forced to work for the king, and the clerics of Saint Malthus hunt and kill those who refuse to yield. Only the Patriots of Delphi and the Queendom of the Fells resist the king. 

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is the son of the Queen of the Fells. When his father is murdered by Gerard’s assassins Ash is forced into hiding, assuming a false identity and biding his time until he can gain revenge upon the king. Using his gifts for magic and healing, he stands astride the border between life and death – and is skilled at helping people pass either way.

Jenna Bandelow is an orphan given as a baby to an innkeeper and his wife under strange circumstances. She lives quietly in the city of Delphi until she witnesses the deaths of her friends at King Gerard’s hands. Vowing revenge, Jenna fights for the Patriots against the king until fate brings Jenna and Ash together in the heart of the king’s court. They encounter hostile courtiers and help from unexpected quarters in their quest. Can Ash and Jenna win their freedom and gain their revenge?

In Flamecaster, Cinda Williams Chima has created a vivid world and lifelike characters to people it. A subtle sense of humor runs through the book, leavening the drama. One for lovers of fantasy everywhere.

Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews