Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell. For as long as Han can remember, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They’re clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against them. Han soon 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 relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai camp – riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn’t looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.

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 it seems like 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 new page-turner from bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima.

I recently received a review copy of The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima. I didn’t realize it was book 2 in The Seven Realms Series? I had to get the first book, The Demon King to read first.

This book started off so slowly for me. I listened to the audio version of this book and I probably would have quit listening if I didn’t have a 6 hour car ride ahead of me. Since I had nothing else to listen to I kept at it and I’m glad I did. By the middle of the book I was completely hooked. I’m ready to start the sequel ASAP!

The Demon King is an epic fantasy full of detail, description and well developed characters, all the things you expect to find in a well done fantasy…romance, mystery, adventure, magic, suspense. Much of the plot was predictable but it did have twists and turns I didn’t see coming.

For those who enjoy high fantasy I recommend you give this series a try!

Content: Clean read (there may have been a mild swear word early)

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: Audio download from NetLibrary