Friday, September 9, 2016

Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Series: Seven Realms Book #1
Format: Paperback
Pages: 506
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from the Library
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can't sell—the thick silver cuffs he's worn since birth. They're clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han 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 freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. 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 her mother has other plans for her...

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

Umm...I'm struggling with this one. Not a lot happened but that doesn't really bother me. And it was fairly precitable. I guessed everything that came out. I do think the world is flushed out but I don't know enough. Even a map would've helped me.

I did like the writing. It was descriptive without being over the top. And it was well paced. I didn't feel rushed or bored at any point.

Generally, I liked the characters. I feel like Raisa and Han are the main characters but I like the other characters more. They both frustrated me sometimes. But Amon really interests me. and I really want to know more about the historical characters like Hanalea and The Demon King. Crossing my fingers that it will happen.

I do want to keep reading the series and I'm sure I will get some of the things I felt were missing from this one. Plus, politics and intrigue may be on the table and those are some of my favorites.

Thanks for reading!

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