Evan Strangward is on the run from the Empress Celestine, but his magical abilities that allow him to control the weather and the ocean will only keep him safe for so long. Celestine is growing stronger, with plans to invade the Fells. Now Evan is making his way inland to warn the Gray Wolf queen of the impending invasion. If he cannot convince her that the danger is real, Evan will lose everything.
Alyssa ana’ Raisa has been taken prisoner by Empress Celestine after the fall of Chalk Cliffs. With the Empress unaware that Lyss is the Crown Princess of the Fells, Lyss finds herself with the unique opportunity to learn valuable intel on her new enemies, that is if she isn’t turned into one of the Empress’ bloodsworn warriors first.
Another wonderful installment in the Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. I was worried about this novel because I had heard rumor that this was the last novel in the series. Fortunately, those rumors were incorrect and unfounded.
The characters are much the same as they were in Flamecaster and Shadowcaster. The characters that played very small roles in the first two novels were given personalities and we were presented with a deeper understanding behind their actions. I was thrilled to have some of these characters go from being 2D characters to having roles of greater significance in this novel.
I was also thrilled to have all of the main character’s stories come together finally. I was worried that this novel would separate itself from the first two books when I realized that the main focal characters in this installment were not the same as either of the previous novels. However, all of the characters from the first two novels made an appearance and their stories really came together.
We have even more characters now, when we already had so many, so, thankfully, the plotline is finally beginning to come together. This novel had less backtracking than book two, which allowed the storyline to move forward.
I was very happy with this novel and cannot wait for the next novel in the series. I would give this novel five out of five stars and would recommend it to fans of fantasy.
I received my copy of this novel as a gift and the picture above is one of my own taking and my own copy.
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