Cast in Firelight

Wickery #1

Dana Swift

fiction fantasy romance young adult
adventurous emotional mysterious fast-paced

448 pages | first published 2020

The first book in an epic, heart-pounding fantasy duology about two royal heirs betrothed to be married, but whose loyalties are torn, and a ruthless enemy who threatens their world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh.

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who's mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child.

Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery's most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet.

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross...and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery's fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it's complicated and bound for greatness or destruction.

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adventurous 93%
mysterious 40%
funny 33%
emotional 20%
hopeful 20%
lighthearted 20%
tense 20%
challenging 13%
inspiring 13%
dark 6%
sad 6%


medium 46%
fast 46%
slow 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 44% | Plot: 44% | Character: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 53% | No: 38% | It's complicated: 7%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 7%

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