The third book in the thrilling four-book Shattered Realms series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima
The empress in the east — the unspeakably cruel ruler whose power grew in Flamecaster and Shadowcaster — tightens her grip in this chilling third installment in the series.
Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move the ocean and the wind, but his magical abilities seem paltry in comparison to Empress Celestine’s. As Celestine’s bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom of her imminent invasion. If he can’t convince the Gray Wolf queen to take a stand, he knows that the Seven Realms will fall. Among the dead will be the one person Evan can’t stand to lose.
Meanwhile, the queen’s formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress’s ship. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress from within her own tightly controlled territory.
Multiple intricately interwoven storylines converge in this gripping novel about a brave, coordinated effort to undermine a horrific tyrant.
Cinda Williams Chima began writing romance novels in middle school, but they were often confiscated by her English teacher. Her first published novel was The Warrior Heir, a modern young adult fantasy set in Ohio (Hyperion, 2006). A sequel, The Wizard Heir, was released in May, 2007, and her third novel, The Dragon Heir, in August, 2008. The Heir series is a New York Times Children's Series Bestseller.