Review: SHADOWCASTER by Cinda Williams Chima

Reading time 3 mins

This story is the second in the Shattered Realms trilogy. Although the writing is so good I could scarcely put it down, I felt like once again I was being introduced to new characters. We get snippets of Jenna and Ash, but they are not the point of this story. This story is mostly about Alyssa ana’Raisa (Lyss), Ash’s little sister. Lyss is the reluctant heir to the wolf queen throne, but for now she is playing soldier.

Lyss is one badass girl. She is the type of female character that I want in my reading. Not only is she one hell of a fighter and strategist, but she is also the kind of girl who really knows her place in the world. Of course, Lyss is nothing like her beautiful petite mother. Lyss is a tall, strong woman who finds herself 25 years into a war that should be long over. Lyss comes up with a great plan for surprising Arden and her mother allows her to lead the grey wolf soldiers there. Taking the enemy by surprise leads to most of them becoming captive. Once again we get a great ideas about Lyss’ character as she treats those captives with such care.

One of the soldier’s, Captain Halston Matelon, plays an important role for Lyss, and for this war/story moving forward. He has always fought for Arden, but he is starting to question the motives of his King. He is realizing more and more that he is just a pawn in this deadly war.

We also meet a certain musician, Breon d’Tarvos, who takes on a job he really shouldn’t have. He ends up in an almost Cuffs (from The Demon King) sort of situation, except he gets help from a unlikely source. I had major angst with this character’s fate and I may have even shouted at my book whilst reading it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story once it got going. The last 20% I felt major angst as I just knew everything wasn’t going to get sorted out. My only real issue with this story is that is a second book, but read more like book one in a series. All new characters made getting into the action take a long time. I know setting up takes time, but there is only supposed to be one more book left in this series and there is still so much left undone.

You should just know that Cinda Williams Chima is now my new favorite author. After reading this, I started devouring the whole Seven Realms series. I am a little sad that I have already managed to spoil myself for some of those character’s fates, but I am loving that I can stay in this world a bit longer.

My Rating

The Shattered Realms

Why the hell did they change the cover? I just don’t get it. The galley looked so good and now it has gone all Throne of Glass on us. Ugh, anyways. These are the covers I have on my bookshelf right now. I am really sad that they don’t match. #bookishproblems

Review: SHADOWCASTER by Cinda Williams ChimaShadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Shattered Realms #2
Also in this series: Flamecaster
Published by HarperCollins on April 4th 2017
Pages: 560
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, General, Action & Adventure, Social Themes, Friendship
Also by this author: Flamecaster, The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, The Crimson Crown
eARC provided by HarperCollins

From New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, this is a thrilling story of the unfathomable costs of war, the allure of dark magic, and two principled and conflicted characters drawn together despite everything they stand to lose.
Alyssa ana’Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, feels more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, Lyss goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne. Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon is being sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death. 
Lyss and Hal’s intricately linked fates become inseparable when they fall under the shadow of a new enemy—a force that threatens to extinguish the last rays of hope in the Shattered Realms.

About Cinda Williams Chima

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima grew up with talking animals and kick-butt Barbies. She began writing poetry and stories in third grade and novels in junior high school. These days she writes fantasy fiction for teens of all ages. Her Heir Chronicles contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), The Dragon Heir (2008), The Enchanter Heir (2013) and The Sorcerer Heir (2014).

Chima’s high fantasy Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King (2009), followed by The Exiled Queen (September, 2010) The Gray Wolf Throne (2011) and The Crimson Crown (2012).

Both series have been New York Times bestsellers.

Chima’s Shattered Realms high fantasy series is forthcoming from HarperCollins. The first novel, Flamecaster, is scheduled for Spring, 2016.

Chima’s books have received starred reviews in Kirkus and VOYA, among others. They have been named Booksense and Indie Next picks, an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, to the Kirkus Best YA list, and the VOYA Editors’ Choice, Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and Perfect Tens lists. Her books also appear on numerous state awards lists and won the Buckeye Teen Book Award in 2011.

Chima was a recipient of the 2008 Lit Award for Fiction from the Cleveland Lit and was named a Cleveland Magazine Interesting Person 2009. She lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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  1. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance May 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Sorry to hear it’s kind of like reading the first in a series, even though it’s the second. Regardless, it sounds like you really loved this one.

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  2. I haven’t read Flamecaster yet, but it’s on my list! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. The cover for Flamecaster was absolutely gorgeous, like you mentioned, so I was confused to see that they changed the design, too – I wish they’d stop changing designs on cover midway through the series – it makes it difficult for those who like to collect covers that match. Great review, by the way!

    • Karen Blue
      May 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      WHY did they change the cover? Gah!!! Anyways, thanks for checking out my review. I hope you enjoy Flamecaster even half as much as I did. This author is all I am reading now a days to catch up in the series. I should have all the Seven Realms series reviews up sometime next week. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I haven’t read Chima. It sounds like I need to start now!
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