Friday, November 12, 2010

The Demon King: Seven Realms 1

Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Age Range: Young Adult, 12 + up
Pages:  512
Date Scoot Read: November 2010
: Hardcover Library Book

Scoot's Rating
: 10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari.  Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can't sell.  For as long as Han can remember, he's worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes.  They're clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea.   After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them.  Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history-it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago.  With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight.  She's just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai camp - riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets.  Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.  

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea-the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.

The Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this stunning new page-turner from bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima.
Scoot’s Review:
I had read Cinda Williams Chima’s Heir Trilogy and enjoyed it, so I decided to give this book a try.  I was very pleasantly surprised!   I loved it!  This story is a blending of two lead characters and how their lives seem to overlap in mysterious ways.  Han “Cuffs” Alister is a retired ‘street-lord’ just trying to survive and provide for his small family.  Raisa ana'Marianna is the Princess Heir trying to take hold of her last few chances at freedom before being tied down in duty.  All the while mysterious deaths and magical intrigues abound. Each teen is faced with dangers from all sides as their lives slowly unravel.  Non-stop action and unexpected twists kept me coming back for more.  I liked how the story would switch between perspectives and I never felt that one perspective was more interesting than the other.  I enjoyed both storylines thoroughly.  I also enjoyed all of the supporting characters.  It seems like each character has enough depth and personality to have their own book.  The pacing was great and the plot had me constantly anxious to know what would happen next.  This story is an excellent blend of danger, intrigue, romance, and magic. I highly recommend it!  I can’t wait to get started on reading the sequel!


Day said...

This sounds REALLY good! Thank you for the review!

Dea S. said...

I love this book! Great review. I can't wait to read The Exiled Queen when the paperback comes out. :)


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