Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Return to the the Seven Realms with Shadowcaster

***Thanks to Edelweiss for an Advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review***
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.

I have been enthralled with this series from the very beginning, when The Demon Prince came out years ago. I enjoyed the original four and am enjoying the new series set 25 years later. 

This book follows Lyss, the new heir to the Grey Wolf throne. She's a fierce warrior, not hesitant to be on the front lines. But she feels that the war needs to go a different direction if it is ever to stop. The council does not agree.  She manages to capture the General's son but there is more to him than meets the eye. 

An unseen enemy is coming, and with very little warning. Lyss and Hal have to work together or see their whole world destroyed.

I'm really terrible at writing descriptions, but this series is one of my all time favorite YA fantasy series. It is well written, with great character development, a fantastic world of magic. A great read for teens and adults!

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