It’s been a long time coming, I swear. I’ve had these reviews done since I finished these books for April’s readathon, I just wanted to have a sort of queue again. I’m sorry! Eitherway, newer novels coming soon.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Synopsis From The Book
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.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Come to me, the final book in (what has been a saga lasting what feels like forever) the Shattered Realms. I have waited for this moment. I had tried to push it off for as long as I possibly could and here it is. Do I have any thoughts? Nope. I know it’ll end happily, because that is Cinda William Chima’s MO. She may bring the pain and drama throughout but the ending will always end in a way that leaves me (at least) satisfied.
The only thing I truly care about is the continuation of the Gray Wolf siblings. If their court falls, I won’t cry much or for very long. I promise! I think… maybe… okay I take that back. No promises.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
That ENDING! My heart meltsssss. I am so happy with how this series ended and turned out and everything. There is so much more room to expand on. Where could we go from here? I don’t know but you can be sure that I will be here for it.
And if you were wondering, no I didn’t cry. I did scream a lot. Shout “YES!” and giggle all giddy like, but no tears.
Ash, Sasha (Lyss’ blood sworn knight), and Evan sail to find Lyss. Their boat is capsized by traitors. They travel to Evan’s home. There they are almost sold to the Empress by traitors. They escape and travel to find Lyss.
Jenna and Lyss continue to work together. Lyss finds out that the Empress has taken her brother (or will have him) hostage. Lyss agrees to go to the Seven Kingdoms as the Empress’ general and take it over, to save her brother.
In the Seven Realms. Destin is marching north with the king of Arden, while Hal (Lyss’ lover) takes over Arden and wins the civil war. The former King of Arden (Now) takes over the Fells. During this time the traitors to the Gray Wolf Queens are determined.
Lyss meets up with Hal. Together they travel to the Fells together and take back Alyssa’s (Lyss’ real name) Throne. Meanwhile Jenna lost Lyss back on the Empress’ lands. Ash, and the others meet her. Ash and Jenna reunite (like the lovers they are) and then they all leave (but Evan) to go to save Lyss.
Everyone reunites. The Empress dies. Happy Ending.
What I Liked:
The ending; While there is nothing set in stone about what exactly everything is or how everything will be, for the moment it is happy and for the moment the world is at peace. That’s all I needed.
The Heritage of the magemarked and the Empress; It was interesting to learn that the siblings were siblings. However, they were to be sacrificed to Celestine. I want to know more about this magic.
I will go more into the characters and the world in the series review.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
The formatting changed from Stormcaster to Deathcaster for the page numbers and I did wonder why. No big deal.
Time Taken To Read
‘ Was this sketchy plan actually going to work?’ – Ash’s thoughts on pg49