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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Cinda Williams Chima (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Thrilling read!

With unpredictable twists and turns on every page, Chima continues to keep her Queendom as vibrant and thrilling as ever!

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Great :)

Great continuation of the story. Chima is an excellent author & has an exciting conglomeration of characters. Excellent new characters to love. A new Hero & Heroine to love. A new group of Mages to learn about. New villians to hate. Only bad part is that I have to wait another year for more of the atory & two years to the ending. Cinda please write faster LOL

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High expectations

In my honest opinion it was hard to even give this book a 4 star. I loved the build up in flamecaster which was a easy 5 star, and felt like that was a superior title. This book had a lot of back tracking and did little to develop the story.

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Narrator is just ok, but story is good.

Not a big fan of this narrator, but the book is pretty good. It’s slower in parts than some of the other books, but ok. I’ll probably continue the series.

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Wowza!

I wasn’t sure at first... but once it got warmed up it was better than the first book in this series! I did miss the main characters from book 1 but quickly grew to love the story around these new characters!

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something for everyone

love this author....great addition. reccomendation all her books for readers young and old.... very entertaining

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Better love story

Last book there was this instant love with Jenna and Adrian that was odd considering the slow burn of last series. Must’ve been trauma bonding. But Lyssa and Hal was much more of a build up. Things are both interesting and making a good set up for the next book. Can’t wait to read it!

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jumps around a bit

Good story but it jumps around quite a bit from character to character and timeline to timeline and gets a little bit confusing at times but otherwise a good story

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Drags on, not much happens.

The Seven Realms series is one of my ALL-TIME favorite book series. I've read them multiple times. I started the Shattered Realms series with high hopes, and Flamecaster was pretty good (still not as good as the original series). However, I'm mid-way through Shadowcaster now and I'm bored as heck. I don't know if it's because the timeline is the same as Flamecaster, just different characters, but it's been slow from the get-go. I am not attached or invested in the characters like I was in Flamecaster. I cannot listen to an audio book without actively paying attention to the story-line. I listen to hear the story, not just for background noise. This being said, I've missed whole chapters of Shadowcaster because I'm only paying half of my attention to the story. Too bad, hopefully the next one is better.

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Love It

loved it!! on to the next book I cant wait to read more!! it's hard to put down lol