Publisher: Hyperion CH
Publish Date: 30 August 2011
Rating: 5 Ravens
Series: The Seven Realms Series: The Demon King | The Exhiled Queen | The Gray Wolf Throne | The Crimson Crown
Synopsis: Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen.
Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough.
Review: This is the third book in the series and it is so far the best. Each book I read gets better and better, I am already eagerly anticipating the next book in this series. I will say though that the first few chapters I had to push myself to get through but then it got enthralling and I couldn't let it go.
I love how Ms. Chima allows her characters to be teenagers, even if the weight of the world is on them. They are all hormones and attitude and even these ones are aflutter with both. I love the sensuality she instills in her work and her characters as well. I am a grown women and I want Han all to myself.
We see the downfall of a couple of key characters and we also get to see some chess pieces move on the board.I enjoyed learning some interesting facts about some of my old friends and growing to loathe the ones I hate even more than I already did. That is the key thing about these books, you will make friends and enemies and you need to keep them straight because it's your head that's going to explode later if you mess it up and fall in love with one of them. Ms. Chima draws these emotions out of the reader and then you are stuck her world. Be careful but definitely read this series!
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