The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Sep 23, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Pub. Date: October 6, 2009
ISBN: 1423118235
Pages: 512 pages
Source: ARC copy received  from author
From amazon.com:
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.
 
The first thing about The Demon King that caught my attention was the cover. I mean wow. It is amazing. The story definitely holds its own though.

The world of The Demon King is fantastic. It's different from anything I've ever read and could ever imagine. Cinda Williams Chima has an amazing imagination and I was taken aback by how detailed the setting really was. I honestly don't think I have ever read a book with a more appealing setting.

Han was an interesting character. I found him to be the most interesting and loved following him on his adventure. Raisa was also a great character. Although I didn't love her as much as I did Han, she was still a wonderful character to read about.

The entire story was captivating and I couldn't put it down. I once heard a saying that reminds me of this book, "...it seemed like the author had super glue on the book because I couldn't put it down". 

Overall I loved this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. I am also interested in reading her other books if they are as amazing as this one.

Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars

4 comments:

  1. heard this series is pretty good, can't wait to read it!

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  2. Wow, high praise. I haven't heard about this book at all, admittedly, but I'm very intrigued about it now! :D

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  3. This is a great cover! I have been meaning to get around to this series.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  4. This sound really good - It sounded good by the description and your review sealed it - I'm picking this one up! sammiejanL40 at aol dot com

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