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Publisher's Summary

Set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for listeners who are new to her work.

Adrian sul'Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic - and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he's closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King's Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn't know why she's being hunted, she knows that she can't get caught.

Eventually Ash's and Jenna's paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

©2016 Cinda Williams Chima (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • avery
  • BINGHAMTON, NY, United States
  • 04-08-16

an ironic find

I was going through
my library and thought - hey, the seven reaLms saga was a great series and I wish there was more. then I went to chima's site and found out a sequel came out only the day before.

I don't normally like it when new characters take over; but this was great. the mc is the son of the previous mc's and it would be hard to explain the story without giving much away. so I will say that the style remains true to the previous books air and the narrator - actually I had a hard time believing she wasn't Carol Monda. she did every bit as great a job.

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Great sequel to the seven realms novels

A great sequel. I didn't expect the book to carry its own when sequels come out you think it will never be as good as the original, but I surpassed all expectations and holds it own along with weaving the story we fell in love with in to its own captivating story.

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5 star s

I loved this book tons of action ,magic,and romance.
definitely read the first books to understand the story a little more. the narrator did a wonderful job aswell.

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Always great story from Cinda

i had hard time at first. As it felt there was such a huge gap in time from the previous series events. Not only that but if you just finished the previous series then the loss of a character at beginning will destroy you. But thats what stories do, they insite feelings. Cinda always draws me in and I truly enjoy the story throughout. this will be another great series.

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Worthwhile Somewhat

Too much okay story & i never really felt for the 2 main characters. Their is some action, drama & with very little magic. Most of it is sad story, that is to drawn out.. The setting is a midievel world with some magic.

Performance is well done, with many different voices & accents.

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Great start to the series!

I am a huge Cinda Williams Chima fan and this book does not disappoint! I really enjoyed the world building. It is great to be back in the Seven Realms.There were a few heartbreaking story lines, but I dare not spoil them. It was great to see some of the seven realm characters return. Looking forward to continuing the series.

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  • Ijw
  • Cochise, AZ, United States
  • 04-05-18

killing too many main characters.

I can't continue to return to this Saga only to find out that the old people are being killed off only to rewrite the same story so that the new people can be killed off for the next generation

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Wow! Amazing!

What can I say about this book? Well originally I got this book because the cover looked cool. I am so glad i got it! This turned out to be one of my favorites! Its right up my alley. Being an anime nerd this resonated with my soul! There was one super cheese. But it is still very good! I would recommend this HIGHLY!

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amazing

actually made me want to make the hour drive to work just so i could find out what happened cant wait of the next book amazing series

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Flamecaster a bit typical

Falmecasrer was an entertaining story but outcomes were expected. Delightful story but no surprises. There has to be another book and I hope this one was a setup for an exciting read in the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-18

strange accent switching

I nearly didn't make it past the first chapter but as long as I pretend we are in an alternate 7 realms I'm ok.
the narration was good although I found it jarring for the narrator to give all the characters English voices when she has an American accent the rest of the time. tbh I've been brainwashed to find North America accents less 'believable' for fantasy books but choose one or the other either way and not both.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-18

smooth and enjoyable

Easy to listen to and just whisked my mind away on a Cinda Williams adventure.