Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Title: The Demon King
Series: Seven Realms, #1
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Category: High Fantasy/ Adventure/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
One day Han Alister catches three young wizards 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.


My Thoughts 

Lately, I haven’t really been getting into fantasy and adventure novels. Which is sad because I love them.  I love the ones that are just amazing and take me on one hell of a ride. I think the reason for that is because I haven’t really found one that I could get completely lost in. I think that is because I haven’t been in the mood for those types of books. Well, The Demon King changed that for me. I couldn't put down this book, literally. When I had to, I was thinking about. Once I started this book, it consumed me. 

The world that Cinda created really was intriguing and sucked me right in. It was intricate and beautifully detailed.  I really loved it. But I think what was the coolest thing is that this story revolves around ancient tales, mysteries, battles, and good old wizard power!! I love a good ol wizard story. This world Cinda created in based on many things, but mainly a world seeped in magic.

Not only did I enjoy the world Cinda created but also the characters. There are a few main characters and I love that the story not only tells the POV of one of them, but all of them. Even though the book is written in 3rd person POV, I barely realized it.
Despite the grim situation, there was something about him, a kind of wild untamed humor and bravado and dogged stubbornness that tugged at her. He expects nothing, she thought, because he's never had anything. And nothing was expected of him. He was free in a way she never would be. 
Han is probably my favorite character. A street rat trying to not only take care of himself, but his mother and sister at the same time. However, Han has a little bit of bad luck. He is always getting himself in very bad and very dangerous situations. When he has a run in with some newbie wizards, his life really does begin to change. He is thrust into a world he never thought he would enter. What I liked about Han was that he is an interesting, smart, and very caring guy. Though he happens to always land into bad situations, I could tell he was a good perosn. And despite the fact he grew up with nothing, he is a very noble character.

Raisa, another MC, wasn't what I was really expecting. I loved that she isn't like the other princesses that you usually encounter in these types of books. She is a very head strong individual, and she does not want to be ignorant of what her people are going through. She’s a fighter, literally, and she doesn't mind getting her hands dirty. Though she doesn't always make the best decision, I enjoyed being able to read from her POV and getting to know her character. Like Han, I like her, and I liked that she wasn't what I was expected.

This book has a wide range of characters, each uniquely made and very important to the story. It was also very interesting to see how each character, no matter if they are a princess, an ex-gang leader, or a member of the clans; they are all integrated in some way. Everyone, especially Han and Raisa, are connected in some way, though that hasn't been fully explained why and how yet, it's still very interesting. 
 Han Alister-streetlord of the Raggers, a wayward hustler with blood on his hands and a grudge in his heart and too many enemies to count-Han Alister was also a wizard who could shoot flame out of his fingers and fling jinxes and bend others to his will.  Han Alister was the descendant of a madman...
The world itself is immense and complex. I just couldn't get enough of that. This book has mystery, magic, fighting, adventure and romance. The plot is intriguing and beautifully crafted. The pacing was just to my liking, and there are bits and pieces of hints as to what is going to happen later on in the series.  The Demon King is more setting up for future events that are to later happen. It is drawing everything and everyone together. Though nothing too major happens, I loved it. I enjoyed the characters, the world, and the aspect of what is going to happen. I’m also very glad this series is completed because I have a feeling I’m going to finish it as soon as possible!

I definitely recommend this series to those who love a book full of wonder, adventure, mystery, magic, fear, hope, and love. 


  1. Oh this sounds like a book for me. I love a good fantasy book, but like you I havent really found one that speaks to me lately. Def adding this one to the tbr.

    Awesome review *muggle huggles*

  2. I love fantasy too so it's great that you enjoyed this, I was always debating on whether or not I should start this series. Sounds like great world building.

  3. Great review! I don't read much fantasy any more but want to get back into it. This book sounds great and I really love the sound of the writing style with the point of view of all of them. Adding this to my list to check out!

  4. Great to hear that it sucks you in. This series has been on my tbr for quite some time now.

  5. I actually haven't been reading much fantasy either and this one sounds fabulous. I love the sound of a complex and detailed world-building. I can't wait to meet all the characters, especially Raisa and Han. They sound like strong, well-developed characters, just the kind I love! I'm glad you enjoyed this Magen! I'm definitely going to be checking this one out! Lovely review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  6. Never heard of this book before, so thanks for sharing.

    Glad you loved it. Great review.


  7. Me too! I love fantasy, but haven't really been struck by anything lately. I have this book on the pile, maybe I should move it up! Lol. I love a female MC who is strong and resilient. Great review!

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