Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Shattered Realms #1
Published: April 5, 2016
A burning vengeance.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?
A blood-based curse.
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious 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.
Destiny’s fiery hand.
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
It hurts me to no end to give this book less than five stars. Flamecaster was one of my most anticipated books to release this spring. I loved the Seven Realms series so much, you have no idea the love that series held in my heart. I expected to love this new book just as fiercely. Except I didn’t. I’ll explain why below but keep in mind that if you click to read on, there will be spoilers.