Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
This book was much better the second time around, mostly because I had time to enjoy it. The Demon King has a very engaging plot, with many surprising twists, intriguing characters, and lots of adventure and danger. It has elements of magic, court intrigue, romance, and late-night escapades.
Series: The Seven Realms, Book 1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Rating: 4.5 stars
One day Han Alister catches three young wizard setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battle to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father’s family. Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that 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 page-turner from best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima.
This book was much better the second time around, mostly because I had time to enjoy it. The Demon King has a very engaging plot, with many surprising twists, intriguing characters, and lots of adventure and danger. It has elements of magic, court intrigue, romance, and late-night escapades. The writing style is easy to read and hooks the reader well, but it was slightly repetitive and the author used much telling as opposed to showing. This annoying writing style was the one thing that irritated me when reading this book.
I also normally don’t like switching perspectives, but in this case it is well done, alternating between the two main characters, Han Alister and Raisa ana‘Marianna. I don’t even have a favorite of the two main characters, who are both very strong in their own ways. The characters are all believable and different, each with their own special spark and personality that makes them come alive. The world-building that occurs in this book is also outstanding. Cinda Williams Chima expertly describes locations with entirely different traditions, easily separating them but making none seem less real.
I was very happy with this book, and hope that the rest of the Seven Realms series and the other books by Cinda Williams Chima, which I will definitely be reading, don’t disappoint. I would recommend this book to lovers of high fantasy and any of the following books: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson, Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, Star Crossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce, and all books by Tamora Pierce.