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Stormcaster

Review

Stormcaster

From the New York Times-bestselling Author of the Seven Realms series comes the third gripping installment of the four-book Shattered Realms series, STORMCASTER.

STORMCASTER introduces the story of Evan Strangeward, the vagabond seafarer who can harness the power of the wind and ocean. As the ruthless empress Celestine begins to tighten her grip and expand her empire, Evan sets out to the Fells to warn the queendom of her impending invasion. The empress and her bloodsworn army are nearly invincible and growing stronger each day, and all the while Celestine continues to hunt down the magemarked. With the war between the Fells and Arden still in full swing and a civil war brewing among the Ardenine court as well, Evan knows that he must convince them to take a stand before all of the Seven Realms falls into the hands of Celestine and Evan loses the one person that means everything to him.

"STORMCASTER was magical, heart-pounding and certainly did not disappoint."

Meanwhile, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisia has been stolen from the shores of her home and is being held aboard the empress’s ship. As Lyss begins to realize that she may be the last hope to take Celestine down from the inside, her brother Adrian sul’Han makes his return from the dead and her budding love Hal Matelon works to find a way to unite the realms before it's too late.

I can’t even begin to say how excited I was for the release of this book. I fell in love with Chima’s works years ago starting with THE DEMON KING, so naturally I was beyond excited when the Seven Realms world was reopened in the Shattered Realms series. That being said, forgive me if this review is a little biased because I’ve been in love with every one of these characters since the very first page of FLAMECASTER.

In this book, we start out with the perspective of Evan several years in the past. I loved getting to see how 13-year-old Evan discovered his powers and came into his own, and it was also interesting to get a glimpse of Celestine at the very beginning of her quest for power. This book also provided a more in-depth look into the life of Destin Karn and how he came to be in the position he was in within the Ardenine court. I would also like to take a moment to applaud Chima for the glimpse she gives us at Destin and Evan’s love story, which was handled gracefully and full of just as much passion as any other couple she had written. Personally, I cannot wait to see where the two of them go in the next book.

One thing about STORMCASTER in particular that was different from the first two books is how much time passed, and how quickly. Because Chima was incorporating so many different storylines and narrators into the same book, I felt like certain parts of the story were super rushed and sometimes tended towards just telling us what happened instead of showing us. I also feel like some of the characters perspectives didn’t get as much attention as I would’ve liked (Jenna, Lyss, I’m talking about you guys). Nonetheless, I was left hanging onto every word and racing to the finish line…and as usual, I was greeted with yet another cliffhanger and yet another eternal period of waiting until the next book.

Overall, STORMCASTER was magical, heart-pounding and certainly did not disappoint. I would recommend this book and any of Chima’s other works to any fans of fantasy looking for a fast-paced adventure.

Reviewed by Katie T., Teen Board Member on April 25, 2018

Stormcaster
by Cinda Williams Chima

  • Publication Date: April 3, 2018
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0062381008
  • ISBN-13: 9780062381002