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Shadowcaster

Shadowcaster

Book - 2017 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062380975
0062380974
9780062662910
0062662910
9780062690449
0062690442
Branch Call Number: YF CHIMA-C
Characteristics: 551 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Shadow caster

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 02, 2020

In my humble view, Shadowcaster was even better than Flamecaster. I was disappointed with Flamecaster but this one was way better. In this instalment, the reader is introduced to an almost entirely new set of characters. Some characters in the first book slowly fall into the plot. Also, the timeline at the beginning of the novel coincides with Book 1 until the halfway point. Then they catch up and bring the plot forward from there. I'm hoping for a mass convergence of all the characters in Book 3. The story is actually beginning to take shape, and it's building up to be really interesting. Overall, very satisfied and recommended. 3/5 stars
@BullahJee of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Shadowcaster is a great book. It’s the second book in the Shattered Realms series. I love how there are characters from the first book as well as new ones. It really adds suspense. When you switch points of views you have to wait longer to find out what happened. This book is a page turner already so adding even more suspense makes it impossible to put this book down. I love the characters themselves too. They are so easy to connect with because they are so lifelike. Their personalities seem so real. I think that you should definitely read this book. 4/5 stars
@ToastieTaco of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

IndyPL_JosephL May 25, 2019

Volume two in Chima's new series in the world of the Seven Realms, following Flamecaster. As more and more characters are added to the world, the complexity starts to increase exponentially. Yet Chima manages to keep her hands on the reigns on her YA epic.

While the King of Arden might be dead, it is clear that the conflict is far from over. While Ash worked his way into the Ardenine court, his younger sister and heir to the Fellsian throne, Alyssa, has been busy in the trenches of the war itself and making a name for her as the feared "Grey Wolf of the North." It would seem that the Fellsian royal family is destined for more tagedy though as conspirators within the capitol plot Alyssa's assassination with the unwitting help of a magically gifted busker named Breon.

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mightyminnie
Jul 19, 2017

This book was loads better then the first!! I found myself not wanting it to end and when it did I found myself thinking and wondering where the story is going to go from here. which does not happen to me very often. A great read!

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