Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Thoughts on The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

The Gray Wolf Throne is definitely my favorite in the series (and by this point I have already read the fourth). Although the beginning of this book isn’t much better than The Exiled Queen, the story is more engaging and feels more complete.

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Series: The Seven Realms, Book 3

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Rating: 5 stars

Description:

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 as good as 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.

The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.

(From Goodreads.com)

Review:

The Gray Wolf Throne is definitely my favorite in the series (and by this point I have already read the fourth). Although the beginning of this book isn’t much better than The Exiled Queen, the story is more engaging and feels more complete. There is more romantic tension, the war brewing between the clans and wizards is beginning to boil, and more mysteries arise. When Han finally discovers Raisa’s true identity (this is not a spoiler because it is revealed in the author-written description), the entire romantic playing field seems to spin, throwing them back to point A again.

The ending also does not feel like the ending of a book, but more like the ending of an especially suspenseful chapter. I recommend having The Crimson Crown no more than an arm’s length away when finishing this book!

There isn’t much to say about this book that I haven’t already covered in the first two books in the series. I am planning on reviewing both The Crimson Crown individually and the entire series as a whole in my next post on the Seven Realms series, coming soon!

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This entry was posted on March 20, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Favorites, Review, Young Adult and tagged , , .
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