Sunday, 23 August 2015

Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

This is a review of the full series and is spoiler free!

Publication: 2009-2012 by Hyperion

GoodReads summary of The Demon King (book 1):
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.

My thoughts:
Seven Realms has adventure, magic, action, mystery and a hint of romance so it is no wonder I absolutely loved this series so much. I can't believe I waited so long to read them. I marathoned the four books over the last 2 week and each one was better than the last. I can't wait to pick up more of Cinda Williams Chima's books!

I don’t have a lot to say that isn’t going to spoil you other than it was fantastic and amazing and if you like fantasy, read this.

The plot and writing are both great but I think it's the of memorable characters that makes Seven Realms so amazing. Han, a streetlord thief,and Raisa, the princess heir, were both excellent protagonists. Their character development over the course of the story is slow but after finishing and looking back you can see how much they've changed. Each one has distinct characteristics that sets them apart. While I loved Han and Raisa I also loved the side characters such as Dancer,Cat, Margret and Willo just as much.

Being a fantasy story the series obviously has a big plot. I think Cinda Williams Chima did a fantastic job of weaving the multiple story lines together. I was eagerly waiting for characters to cross paths, and when they did I got so excited. The only problem of the multiple plots was when I was reading from Hans POV I wanted to get back to reading Raisa POV and visa versa.

The story is set in world that is very fleshed out. I kept wishing there was map (I'm not sure if there is one but there was none in my editions on my kindle) so I could track the characters progress as they moved from place to place on their adventures. I loved that we were not stuck in the same place the whole time, there was a lot of moving around. We got to see different cultures of the different queendoms/kingdoms in the Realms which I really liked. I particularly liked the pieces of the story set in the mountains with the clans. Book 2 had a very Harry-Potter-like-feel because we get to go to Odens ford which is a wizards school.

I think Seven Realms is a fantastic series and I definitely recommend for fans of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes and the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It can be emotional and intense at times but you must read this series,trust me, it's phenomenal.

My ratings:
Book 1,The Demon King: 4.5 out of 5.
Book 2,The Exiled Queen: 4.5 out of 5.
Book 3,The Grey Wolf Throne: 5 out of 5.
Book 4, The Crimson Crown: 5 out of 5.

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