Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for 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 returning 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 – including marriage to a suitor who goes against everything the queendom stands for.
The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.
The Demon King is the first book of four books in the Seven Realm series. The Demon King is about Hanson “Han” Alister, who walked away from “the life”. It’s about how he struggles to be seen as an innocent person after being a street lord and also how we gets caught up in something a thousand years in the making. It’s also about Raisa ana’Marianna who is the heir to the gray wolf throne and the heir to the queendom of Fellsmarch. It’s also about her struggles in knowing whats good for her people.
The reason I wanted to read this book was because of the synopsis. It sounded pretty epic. I was intrigued with the whole thing about Han being a reformed street lord Also, the heir of the throne and whether she would be spoiled or not. I was also wondering how their lives would intertwine even though there from different social classes. Despite the fact that some people told me it was slow and that I shouldn’t read it, I still took a chance and decided to buy and read it. That’s why it took me forever to get to this book. After reading it though I wish I read it sooner and that I didn’t listen to certain people.
The characters were all different with their own problems and personalities, which I highly respected and liked. Han, one of the main characters, was smart, handsome, hardworking, clever, and understanding. He understands mostly because of the way he explains things, the way he thinks, and how you can actually relate to him even though most of us haven’t been in his predicament. Raisa, the other main character, was also smart, hardworking, clever, and understanding with the addition of being well spoken. I liked her because no matter what she always wanted to be independent and understand/know what’s going on in court. This is good considering the fact that she’s the future of the throne. Micah annoyed me but I weirdly accepted him and his narcissism. I liked Amon but as a best friend not as anything else. I would like to see more of him and how he’s doing with not being able to be with Raisa. I think that the author, Cinda William Chima, did a good job making unique stories and personalities for each character, it made them feel real.
I actually liked how it was slow because I think that it showed detail that was needed. In the book when they tell the story of Hanalea and Alger Waterlow, I felt that if the author hadn’t explained it slowly and delicately then I would’ve gotten seriously confused. Some people don’t appreciate when an author does that but I happen to respect and appreciate it. The author made the book in a way that it was never completely dry or boring and I like how she made it flow like that.
I liked how the chapters had names because it told you only a glimpse of what could happen which I always liked. Especially because the titles don’t give anything away. The book was in an alternating P.O.V. between Han and Raisa. This gives us a glimpse of lower class life and upper class life and how different they are. Also, you get to watch something a thousand years in the making unfold in two different pairs of eyes.
Overall, this book was an amazing read that left me wanted more, which just means that’s it’s an awesome, epic, great read. Thankfully all the books in the Seven Realm series are already published so all I have to do is find the rest of the books in paperback.
This book made it to my ’12 Amazing Books of 2012′ list! So, check it out? Click HERE to see the list.
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