deathcasterDeathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima is the forth book in a series and so it’s no wonder that I felt vaguely confused whilst reading the synopsis for this particular novel. I imagine there’s a bit of assumed knowledge in there referencing information from previous novels in the series. And, honestly, I’m not really all that interested. So, naturally, I went to check out the first book in the series and it seems like you’re pretty run-of-the-mill fantasy series, involving the healer son of the Queen and a young girl targeted due to something involving her birth. The queendom is being tormented by the King of Arden who has set to have several important figures murdered, which results in the queendom falling to disaster. It makes sense that the young prince would want revenge against the man who destroyed his world.

You can tell, just from the start, that there’s going to be a romance involving these two characters–though bravo to the author if that doesn’t actually happen and I couldn’t be more wrong about my assumption–and while I love the idea of a healer being forced to turn to ruthlessness in his quest for revenge and the implication that he just might not be able to do so, I’m not deeply interested in this story. It sounds alright and I imagine if I had nothing better to read, I might pick it up. But at the same time, nothing about this book really jumps out at me and so I don’t see myself picking up Deathcaster, the fourth novel in the series, either.

Warrior Alyssa ana’Raisa would do anything to protect her home, the Fells, and her legacy, the Gray Wolf Line. But as a prisoner of Empress Celestine, Lyss is forced to turn her fearsome talents as an army commander against her beloved homeland. Refusal would swiftly lead to her death, and her death would end the Gray Wolf Line.
In Lyss’s absence, Fellsmarch Castle swarms with intrigue, deception, and a primordial threat. Destin Karn, a Southern spymaster with a hidden agenda of his own, might be the queendom’s only hope of defeating the forces aligned against the Seven Realms… as well as the enemies within the castle.
Master storyteller Cinda Williams Chima delivers spellbinding action, bittersweet reunions, and dazzling revelations in this indispensable conclusion to the Shattered Realms series.

I know I didn’t talk much about Deathcaster, but I prefer not to spoil sequels to books. So far, what are your thoughts on the first book in the series? Do you think it will ultimately lead you to read this newest one or will you pass them up entirely? Let me know in the comments!

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