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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.
ISBN: 9780062380975
Characteristics: 551 pages :,maps ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Shadow caster


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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!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Mar 28, 2017

My trend with Cinda Williams Chima's books seems to be that it takes me until the second book in a series to really get thoroughly engrossed. That was the case with her (excellent) Seven Realms series, and is also proving to be true in this, the sequel series. I enjoyed last year's Flamecaster, but I was really, really hooked on this sequel. It takes place largely at the same time as the events of the first book, focusing on different characters, and I sincerely had trouble putting it down. I loved the main character, Lyss -- she is just as tough and smart and difficult and real as her mother, the heroine of the original series, and I loved reading about her. I found the romantic subplot in this one much more credible than the one in Flamecaster, too, for reasons that I can't put my finger on. In short, I tore through this, and can't wait for book 3. Stellar YA fantasy.

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