Stormcaster

Stormcaster

A Shattered Realms Novel

Book - 2018
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From New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima comes the third gripping adventure in the Shattered Realms series, where intricately interwoven storylines converge as the warring Seven Realms struggle to unite against a horrific tyrant.

Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move wind, waves, and weather, but his magical abilities can't protect him forever from the brutal Empress Celestine. As Celestine's relentless bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom that an invasion is imminent.

If he can't convince the Gray Wolf queen to take a stand, he knows that the Seven Realms will fall, and his last sanctuary will be destroyed. Among the dead will be the one person Evan can't stand to lose.

Meanwhile, the queen's formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana'Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress's ship, sailing east. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress from within her own tightly controlled stronghold.

Publisher: New York :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062381002
Branch Call Number: YA CHI
Characteristics: 535 pages : maps ; 22 cm

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IndyPL_JosephL May 25, 2019

The third entry in the Shattered Realms series, following the events of Shadowcaster. Now that even more characters are added to the story and the greater conspiracy is starting to make itself known, it's also becoming clear that Chima might be overextending herself this time as she turns her attentions to fleshing out the stories and good intentions of the previous volumes' villains.
Having been captured by the pirate Empress Celestine, Alyssa is forced to train the bloodsworn army that will eventually attack her home or join their ranks. Having concluded his business in Arden, Adrian has returned home to the Fells only to learn that things didn't stay the same in his absence. Jenna, for her part, has taken to the skies with her dragon Flamecaster in the hopes of taking out the Empress herself. Meanwhile, Destin Karn is moving to sway the balance of power in the Ardenine Civil War, siding with the rebel thanes while still working in the court. While all this goes on, though, the Stormbringer Captain Strangward has been working to convince all the realms to take up arms against the Empress.

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Cynthena
Jul 15, 2018

(Vague Spoilers) I enjoyed this book, and I liked the introduction of Evan Strangward and his character, and was interested by his interactions and decisions throughout the story. We also learned more about the land on the other side of the ocean, and a little more about Celestine and the mage marks. However, this book also had some problems as well. With each book, more characters are introduced, and it feels like the author is struggling to juggle screentime effectively and I felt disappointed by the lack of focus on some of the characters that I cared about. I understand that they aren't the main characters of this book, but considering that there is only one book left, I'm worried that they won't really get fleshed out at all. In addition, this book didn't really have a climax or a real conclusion, and it felt like one book-long set up for the next one. It felt like the tension kept building up, and then it just stopped aruptly, "the end", and the book was over. Honestly, the rating would probably be closer to 3.5 stars but I liked Evan so it's bumped up a bit.

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