Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveals for FLAMECASTER (paperback edition) and SHADOWCASTER (hardcover) by Cinda Williams Chima. Before we see the cover and find more information about the books and a giveaway, here's a note from Cinda:
A new year, a new publisher, a new series, a new look. Welcome to the Flamecaster paperback edition and introducing Shadowcaster.
Longtime readers know that the Chima cover brand has remained much the same over ten books—gorgeous icon in the center against a varied background. We’ve used the same look for the Heir Chronicles, The Seven Realms, and the first book in the Shattered Realms, Flamecaster. Why mess with success, right?
But it’s getting confusing, with three series going and it’s not easy to tell them apart. If I’m at a bookfest with my books spread out in front of me, people think it’s one big series. If they see a new book on a bookstore shelf, they don’t know where it fits in. We also wanted to showcase some of the kick-butt characters that drive these stories forward.
So the design geniuses at HarperTeen developed a concept and recruited illustrator Alessandro Taini who created a new look for the Flamecaster paperback and the Shadowcaster hardcover.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
~ Cinda Williams Chima (FLAMECASTER; SHADOWCASTER; Harper Teen)
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Here they are!
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FLAMECASTER (SHATTERED REALMS, #1)
Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the 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.
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
SHADOWCASTER (SHATTERED REALMS, #2)
Alyssa ana'Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she 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 has been fighting for his king since he was a lýtling. Lately, though, he finds himself 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.
Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series, 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.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima grew up with talking animals and kick-butt Barbies. She has authored three teen fantasy series: The Heir Chronicles contemporary fantasy series , set in Ohio, and the high fantasy Seven Realms series, both from Hyperion, plus The Shattered Realms, a spinoff series from HarperTeen set in the Seven Realms world, with Flamecaster (April 2016) and Shadowcaster (spring, 2017.) The new series involves pirates and dragons and, of course, wizards behaving badly.
Chima believes in the magic of books. They took her from first grade failure to first generation college graduate to college professor to best-selling author. Visit her at www.cindachima.com. She’s on Twitter and Instagram @cindachima and Facebook www.facebook.com/CindaWilliamsChima
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