Deathcaster

Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
Series: Shattered Realms , Book 4
Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
5 out of 5 stars (363 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this indispensable conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Shattered Realms series, master storyteller Cinda Williams Chima delivers spellbinding action, bittersweet reunions, and dazzling revelations.

Warrior Alyssa ana’Raisa would do anything to protect her home, the Fells, and her legacy, the Gray Wolf line. But as a prisoner of Empress Celestine, Lyss is forced to turn her fearsome talents as an army commander against her beloved homeland. Refusal would swiftly lead to her death, and her death would end the Gray Wolf line. 

In Lyss’ absence, Fellsmarch Castle swarms with intrigue, deception, and a primordial threat. Destin Karn, a Southern spymaster with a hidden agenda of his own, might be the queendom’s only hope of defeating the forces aligned against the Seven Realms...as well as the enemies within the castle.

©2019 Cinda Williams Chima (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Lost potential

I loved the seven realms series, so i was excited to dive into the shattered realms series. My main concern with this series is that it was split between too many points of view, and this becomes a great hinderance in this book as it was focused too much on the war in the wetlands and therefore the nazari arc seem overly rushed and shorten. Plus i get that each of the magemarked were given a name based on the book title. But who was the deathcaster? Celestine? /
So overall the book was a 3/5 for me.

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Out of steam

After 3.75 volumes of moment by moment details and chapters that tell multiple concurrent events of the primary characters, the ending is a disappointment. The last chapters conclude all the characters briefly whereas there were multiple chapters dedicated up to this point. For discharge a “story-caster” it’s like ms chima suddenly realized the story had to end because there wasn’t another book. The other odd touch - “count how many times “all but...” is used. Very uncharacteristic. A joke perhaps?

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Disappointing Resolution

The book had a lot of potential with a formidable enemy. However, the resolution left a lot to be desired and was actually quite anti-climactic.

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Great story—a tad scandalous for youngsters

The narrator (performer) is brilliant. The characters and storyline are exciting. However, it’s a bit risqué for the potential younger audience in terms of language and sexual content. I know many kids see and hear those aspects daily, but I was a little surprised that Chima went farther in this series than in the 7 Realms. I would not recommend it for middle schoolers; consider it solidly PG-13.

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another ride with one of the best fiction authors

I have read, and/or listen to every single one of cinda Williams Chima has made and every single one is a masterwork and manages to be inclusive while taking everyone on an unforgettable journey. this marks a resolution to the second saga of the gray wolf throne and she did her first series justice and left it in a state If you could hope to leave a series of their own creation hats off to the author it was an amazing experience.

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A little disappointing

So I remember saying something similar when Chima ended the restart of the Warrior Heir books...it felt like she got tired of being in this world. I felt like Chima had all the best intentions when she restarted the Seven Realms series with Flamecaster (and the Warrior Heir series with the Enchanter Heir), but by the end, she just wanted to move on to other projects. The endings of both series felt rushed and cluttered. She made the world too big and didn't have the time to bring her characters story arc to the proper close. I mean, was this series about Lyssa? Ash? Jenna? or maybe even Karn? Just way too many important arcs that Chima couldn't quite finish off adequately.

Maybe it's just me, and I'm still just bitter about the fact that she killed Han in Flamecaster for apparently ZERO purpose, but Crimson Crown ended on such a great note and Deathcaster just felt weak to me. Maybe i'm just pulling a Statler and Waldrof here, but I wanted more and didn't get it.

If you've used your credits for books 1-3, keep going. If you're looking at the end before beginning...i'd still say waste your credits!!!

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More please!

For the most part the story is wrapped up nicely. But it’s one of those endings where you’re more of supposed to assume how things completely wrap up. I really hope Chima comes back to it. I love this series and its predecessor.

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4 Books to Get to This?!

Each of the four books leading up to the ending build and build on each other, only to have the ending wrapped up in a few short chapters.

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Had a hard time telling which character was which, as the narrator made them all sound basically the same.

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Easily in my top 3 books of all time. Sooo good.

The story is excellent and manages to wraps up the series, or sequies rather (sequal series) very well. The writing is very descriptive. You can clearly visualize every character and item. Chima uses foreshadowing throughout the series, and brought it all together here. Kim Mai Guest is a truly gifted narrator. She switched between voices and accents with ease, making the story even more easy to follow along. A beautiful end to a beautiful series of books. I am sorry to see it end.