Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Shattered Realms #1
Pages: Hardcover, 535 pages
Release Date: April 5th 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.
Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.
Hmm... I don't know how to put into words (or rating) my thoughts about this book. I was kinda sad with how the book started but I guess it was important to get the plot moving? That being said, it didn't take me long to get invested into the story but at the same time, the crux of the story wasn't that appealing to me. I mean, I remember that the King of Arden was an ass but for him to hold a grudge for that long? And then the ending? I don't know man..it could have been spun out a lot better IMO.
As for the characters, I think they were alright. Not great enough to leave a remarkable impression but interesting enough to stand out. Speaking of, what's up with Jenna and her secret powers? I really really wanna know but after reading the blurb of the sequel, I'm kinda bummed that the next book isn't going to focus on Ash and Jenna and also confused about how the author plans to progress with all these secrets.
Anyhoo, I liked the book but it did fall short on leaving a lasting impression. It wasn't bad but it wasn't memorable either. Meh 3 stars.
Review by Navs