“Deathcaster,” final book in the high fantasy “Shattered Realms” tetralogy by Chagrin Falls author Cinda Williams Chima, finds the Seven Realms in tumult, with each faction battling for the Gray Wolf Throne, the southern Kingdom of Arden, the empire of the Northern Islands and the Fells. The war between Arden and the Fells has been dragging on since the second book, “Shadowcaster,” and many of the characters have continued through the series.
Negotiations and politics no longer work. Princess Alyssa “Lyss” ana’Raisa, heir to the Gray Wolf Throne, now is putting the empire on the line, while Adrian sul’Han and Jenna, who started the series as a preteen coal miner with a magical mark on the back of her neck, return from the Islands with their dragon forces.
Taking the battle to the sea is aspiring pirate Evan Strangward, who learned of his own magical mark in Book Three, “Stormcaster,” and found that he has the ability to control the weather. Every kind of warfare comes into play in this epic, from poisoning to master spycraft, infighting among families, magic amulets and swordplay. The complicated, colorful story will require a careful eye to discriminate between the contingents; fortunately, Chima’s website contains keys to characters, places and her inventive patois.
“Deathcaster” (656 pages, hardcover) costs $18.99 from HarperTeen. Cinda Williams Chima will launch “Deathcaster” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson. She also is the author of the four-book "Seven Realms" series, set in the same magical world as "Shattered Realms," and the five-book Ohio-set "Heir Chronicles."
Appletree Books in Cleveland Heights is a nominee for the 2019 Pannell Award, co-sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association and Penguin Young Readers Group to bookstores that “enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading and books in children and young adults.” The awards will be presented in May.
Barnes & Noble (198 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake): Andi Kryszak visits Storytime to read from her picture book “My Name is Curly,” 11 a.m. Sunday; Ausma Zehanat Khan signs “A Deadly Divide,” fifth in the Quebec-set Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak detective series, 7 p.m. Thursday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch, 1876 S. Green Road, South Euclid): Seats may remain to hear Ruth Hanford Morhard, author of “Mrs. Morhard and the Boys,” featured in the Feb. 24 column, about her mother-in-law’s founding of the first boys’ baseball league, 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, a Self-Publishing Roundtable includes authors Marc Bona (“The Game Changer”) and Kevin Taylor (children’s book “Stop Lion”) and publisher Janice King Henry. Call 216-382-4880 or visit cuyahogalibrary.org.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Green branch, 4046 Massillon Road, Green): John Boykin discusses “The Silent Storm: A Family’s Struggle with Childhood Cancer” about his daughter’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Tallmadge branch, 90 Community Road): Barb Baltrinic of Munroe Falls talks about “Maternal Failure: A Memoir,” about secrets she learned while researching her parentage, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Stark County Public Library (Lake Community branch, 565 Market Ave. SW): Jim Clark, radio voice of the Akron RubberDucks, talks about “Rally ‘Round Cleveland: The Story of the 1974 Franchise-Saving Cleveland Indians, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Firestone Park branch, 1486 Aster Ave.): Iraq War veteran Brian Castner talks about “Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage,” about his 2016 retracing of a 1789 expedition by a Scottish fur trader, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries (Coventry Village branch, 1925 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights): Sharon Hatfield reads from “Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons,” about the 1850s Athens, Ohio, spiritualist and medium, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Brecksville branch, 9089 Brecksville Road): Ruth Hanford Morhard signs “Mrs. Morhard and the Boys,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Register at 440-526-1102.
Barnes & Noble (28801 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere): Lani Sarem, author of “Handbook for Mortals,” first in an announced series about a young woman with supernatural powers who joins a Las Vegas magic show, appears at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Barberton Public Library (602 West Park Ave.): Don Ake reads from “Will There Be Free Appetizers? Musings of a Brilliant Idiot,” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Independence branch, 6361 Selig Blvd.): Debbi Perkul discusses “Winds Over Jerusalem: The Story of Rae Landy, Pioneer Nurse of Hadassah,” 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Register at 216-447-0160.
Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights): Authors Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger and illustrator Scott Pickering launch “Dreaming Big and Small,” a “collaborative art and poetry collection for middle grades and up,” 7 p.m. Thursday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma-Snow branch, 2121 Snow Road): Auditorium seating for Gretchen Rubin, author of “Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness,” has sold out, but there may be seats left in the simulcast room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. $25, includes a copy of the book. Advance notice for Greg Iles, who will discuss “Cemetery Road,” a Mississippi-set political thriller, on March 17; and for Harlan Coben, whose suspense novel “Run Away” finds a Manhattan financier looking for his addicted daughter, on March 23. Call 216-661-4240.
Appletree Books (12419 Cedar Road, Cleveland): Cleveland native Austin Ratner, who writes fiction as well as books like “Concepts in Medical Physiology,” discusses “The Psychoanalyst’s Aversion to Proof” in a partnership with the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Cuyahoga Falls Library (2015 Third St.): “Authors at the Falls” on Saturday features Cleveland’s Zygote Press with “The History of Printmaking” and a demonstration of a portable letterpress, 9:30 a.m.; Gail Ghetia Bellamy, author of “Cleveland Food Memories,” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Susan Terkel with “From Idea to Manuscript,” 1 to 3 p.m.; and Les Roberts, author of 17 novels about Cleveland detective Milan Jacovich, with “Getting Away with Murder,” 3 to 4 p.m. Register for all at 330-928-2117.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Chagrin Falls branch, 100 E. Orange St.): Keith Allen, author of “What a Mess: A Pop-Up Misadventure Book,” leads a pop-up building workshop for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Register at 440-247-3556.
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