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review 2016-08-29 02:50
Reading Spree.. The Seven Realms Series
The Crimson Crown - Cinda Williams Chima
The Demon King - Cinda Williams Chima
The Exiled Queen - Cinda Williams Chima
The Gray Wolf Throne - Cinda Williams Chima

I finally decided to pick up The Demon King and read, as it's been on my to read list for a while now, and maybe the mood was right,  but I really, really enjoyed it. And when I finished it, in like 6 hours, I decided to read the rest of the series. So I finished all of them this week. I have not had a good reading spree in a while....it was fun, and really got my reading groove back. I'm back on track for my reading goal this year.


This  series has really two main characters. Han and Raisa. Han is an ex street lord from the slums trying to go straight, and Raisa is the heir to the Gray Wolf Throne and next Queen of The Fells. And fate sets of a chain of events that makes sure they cross paths. Han finds out he is way more than a street kid from Ragmarket  (of course)and Raisa learns what she is made off. You basically follow the coming of age journey of these two characters. They go from kids to adults through all four books.


What I liked: The characters. The characters. The characters. I would say they held everything together. If I did not like Han or Raisa or all the secondary characters that pepper these books, then it would not have worked all. You get pulled in by the characters right away, and you care what happen to them and want them to succeed.  And that is what keeps you reading each book. It's what kept me jumping from book to book. You're invested, so the issues with the story kinda of become secondary because you want Han to succeed and to finally get justice. You want Raisa to win and defeat her enemies. Han and his group of friends are surrounded by all kinds of peril and drama and intrigue. They spend a lot of time traveling all over the land being chased, kidnapped, beaten, plotted against and kissed by various love interests.  I liked that the characters were not all Goody-goody and pure, no character is all good, or all bad, well except maybe one. But good guys do bad things, and sometimes the bad guys surprise you with some good. That is very realistic. Everyone has a reason for what they do, even if you don't agree with their methods. 


I loved the diversity. One of the large players in this book are the Clan, which seem to be modeled on Native Americans. And Raisa is a half-blood,with her father and grandmother being Clan. Half the characters are POC in some way or other, and that is always refreshing. Fantasy still seems to be stuck in a medieval European box a lot of the time and I enjoy every time I get a break from that. More!


The bad: Here is what I didn't like...but the rest of it kept me there. Han could sometimes be a bit of a "Mary Sue" (most main characters are to some extent). But especially in the first two books. He is always one step of everyone, and always comes out on top and wins no matter how crazy the odds.That can be a bit boring after a while. Sometimes you need to raise the stakes and put your character in a position where all seems hopeless and make them really work for it or maybe they need saving for one (you can also go a bit too much the other end. A good balance is needed). Sometimes things were just to easy for Han. 


Also, I feel like towards the end some of the plot points fell to the wayside. Like it was built up or hinted at, but nothing came of it. Like, the writer was going to go one way, but changed last minute. Also some of the ending results of the stories were "too easy" like....if one character spends all 4 book saying one thing, one conversation in the last chapter of the last book is not going to change them that fast. I want to believe it. Show me the journey. So some of the ends were just too pat.


But over all I loved this series, and did not feel like it was a week wasted. I might even pick up the next series set in the world...but generations later.  I am interested to learn how things changed or stayed the same. As they Crow says in the books...the Winners write history.


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review 2016-08-08 22:25
The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima
The Gray Wolf Throne - Cinda Williams Chima
“None of us are free to follow our hearts,” she said. “Not really. Is that what you’re saying?”

He shook his head. “No one can stop you from loving someone,” he said.


I just . . . I just need a minute, please. To get myself together. Please. Like, how can—how can I love a book so freaking much?


Okay, I need to calm down. That was not a review, but since it is part of my feelings I will continue.

I think the Seven Realms series has come a long way. I read The Demon King a long time back, and I think that ever since, this series has just gotten better and better. There’s a lot of worldbuilding and characterization, and I think that in this book, Raisa really shines in that area. She’s changed from a princess who runs away from her problems to a Queen ready to take her birthright and her throne.

The romance in this book, just like with The Exiled Queen is nice a slow burning romance. There’s not a rush of romance and the slow build up from Han and Raisa liking each other to where they are now (ugh, angst) is probably one of the best that I’ve read.

This book reminds me of classic fantasy. You know, the kind that has a great world, real conflict, and one of the best that I’ve seen in terms of character development and realistic relationship problems? All hail Chima, man. Seriously. She makes me want to crown her Queen and bow down to her.

I understand all the angst, and near the ending when my feels were getting a bit too out of order, but I seriously cannot explain enough to you guys how much you need to read these books. Please.

I admit, the Seven Realms series is a bit slow, and there’s a lot going on in terms of characters and problems and angst, but personally, I like the way this story goes and I don’t seem to mind the pacing of this series, which is probably why I’m drinking it in all in one go like some bloodthirsty vampire (try to forget that terrible simile).

Overall, really, really great! This book was perfect in every way for me, and I’m going to reread a bunch of scenes that I marked before I go to bed because that’s how much I love this. I seriously wish I could get the next book right now, but I have to go through the suffering and wait for my library to actually ship the book to my local library location and then enjoy and savor the gift and love of The Crimson Crown which I am really excited to read because it’s the last (which is also why I don’t want to read it? Weird character angst)! God help me. Chima help me. Someone. Please. I have problems.

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review 2015-06-14 00:00
The Gray Wolf Throne
The Gray Wolf Throne - Cinda Williams Chima

The Seven Realms series continues in this third installment, however this has to be my least favourite so far. A major plot point was revealed in the blurb and it really took away from the reading experience and the moment it happened. It is true that you could see it was going to happen anyway, but I still would have preferred to go in blind. I recommend that you avoid reading the blurb when going into this one. All you need to know is that the story picks up right where The Exiled Queen left off. Raisa is on the run, Han is searching for her, and there are enemies everywhere.


The dual point of view is still in effect here, but this book focuses more on Raisa than Han, an aspect I thought I would enjoy as I greatly prefer her character. But it turned out Han’s struggles were much more interesting than Raisa’s so I was left unsatisfied. The Gray Wolf Throne is very character driven, even more so than The Exiled Queen.


It was sad to see the end of Oden’s Ford, as I really enjoyed the setting, and there wasn’t really any firm setting here. They moved around a lot and unlike in The Demon King, it didn’t work.


The first half of the novel was the best. It was pretty intense, with both Han and Raisa on the same path, yet separated. It was action packed, and I felt it had a good balance with the slower scenes. The plot was engaging and constantly moving forward (although pretty slowly it seemed) yet it didn’t have any strong build up or climax. This definitely was more of a bridge book to set up for the sequel. While I enjoyed the read, it was disappointing. There are still some fantastic moments, and if you have liked the first two books then you should definitely pick this one up. I’m hoping that this is all build up to an explosive finale! And if you haven’t tried this series yet, go ahead and give The Demon King a chance. It’s an excellent, refreshing young adult fantasy!

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review 2014-03-16 02:46
Squeeing. Like a Fish.
The Gray Wolf Throne - Cinda Williams Chima
”You are better than I expected.”
“I am always better than people expect,” Han said.

Oh come on, don’t tell me you didn’t think this.

I loved this book by the way! Love love love love love.



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Do not forget duty. But choose love when you can
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