Book Review: The Demon King by: Cinda Williams Chima

Demon King, The (A Seven Realms Novel)

Publisher: Hyperion

Publish Date: 6 October 2009

Origins: Around the World Tours

Format: Hardcover

Blurb: 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.  

Han’s life gets even harder after he takes a powerful amulet from the son of the High Wizard. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, the Bayars will stop at nothing to reclaim it from Han.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight.  Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense for a prince with a big castle and tiny brain.  Raisa 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 best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima

Review in 5: Fantasy, Diverse, Epic, and Great Characters.

Review: So, I read this book about a month ago in preparation for the next book in the series being released soon. I should have written this review so much sooner and I apologize for that. Anyway...I enjoyed this book, it has an epic fantasy feel at a lower level, it doesn't sprawl as much as an adult fantasy does. In that same line, it starts out slow as the world gets built, as many fantasies do.

You all have learned by now that I am a sucker for character oriented books and this one has some amazing characters. I love the stubborn pride that is Raisa and I love love love the mischief that is Han. They are both so amazing and unique respectively. I love the secondary characters as well, they are each also unique and amazing. Everyone is flawed, lovely, and has their own skills and feelings to offer the story.

The plot is excellent in this book and it has some great scenes. I love the parties that the nobility has and the schoolhouse. I also love the native american feel of the tribes and how there is a checks and balance system throughout the entire book. The book sprawls across legend, past, present, and everything in between, it has everything an epic fantasy has except it is a bit more contained and easier to grasp.

I enjoyed this book and can't wait to start the next one.

Series: The Seven Realms Series: The Demon King (1), The Exiled Queen (2)

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  1. I like my fantasy to be character-oriented, so this sounds like a book of interest. Interesting to see the thief theme pop up again--it seems to be a fairly common trope at the moment.

  2. I think I reached the conclusion once that I was not that for character oriented fantasy, hm, I think. But I will try anyway


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