Cinda Williams Chima · Seven Realms · Young Adult

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

 

The Seven Realms series is utterly fantastic and each installment just gets better! Plot, world building, and characters are all amazing and everything I look for in a book. Amazing! I highly recommend reading it! This is one of my new favorites and probably has a spot in my top ten favorite series! I can’t wait to read the sequel series that has its first book released this year! ūüôā


 

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history‚ÄĒit 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 freedom in the mountains‚ÄĒriding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea‚ÄĒthe legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her… (goodreads.com)

My Rating: 5/5 stars!
My Rating: 5/5 stars!

Plot

I can’t begin to explain how much I love character driven novels and this is definitely one of them! The entire book delves us into the lives of the characters that we will follow for the length of the series. There are no high action scenes or too many on the edge of your seat moments in this book, you just start to care about the characters and are completely interested in their lives.¬†The book builds up what is to come in the next few books.

Even though all we read about are the lives of Han and Princess Raisa, the book is not at all boring, especially if you don’t care for over the top action. Although it took me awhile to get into the book, once I was I couldn’t stop reading.

As we read we also learn all about the world in which the author has built, which is vast and incredibly interesting albeit a bit confusing at first. This has to be the first series I read that is set in a Queendom, which is awesome! I loved the relationships between different members including the Queen, Princess, Queen’s Guard, and the Wizards. It’s all very complex and interesting. The world is fantastic and I love how the author gives us information without being overly detailed or wordy. We know what we need to know without the story becoming boring. The history of the Queendom is built upon legends and I thought it was intriguing to uncover these stories, especially because different groups have different versions.

I suppose what I didn’t like about the book were the moments that were predictable, especially the reveal at the end. I was pretty sure I knew what was going on and I ended up being right, however I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and have no idea where it will go next!

Characters

The character are the largest part of the story and there are so many! However, there are a few that I found to be particularly interesting.

Hanson Allister (Hunts Alone/Cuffs Allister/Han), whatever you want to call him, is a great character. He has a mother and little sister, definitely the man of the house, and does whatever he can in order to provide for them. He used to be the leader of a gang called the Rags, a great thief both highly respected and feard, but has since left that life to better look after his family. Despite Han being kind, charming, and loving, he can’t seem to find a place where he fits in. He is a very relateable character in this way, I’m sure we have all felt that at some time or another. Han is also rather mysterious because he has these unusual silver cuffs he wears on each wrist and no one will tell him anything about them. He has tried everything to get them off to no avail. Magic also has unusual affects towards him. Although Im sure he isn’t at all an evil character there is no telling what will happen with him in the future. A lot has changed for Han throughout the first book.

Princess Raisa, the heir to the throne, has to be the most changed character in the first book. At first she was very ignorant, but as time passes and she is able to get away from her mother, she learns more about her Queendom and the trouble within it. Raisa is very headstrong, tomboyish, stubborn, brave, reckless, smart, and sometimes annoying. I say she is annoying sometimes because even though she is in no rush to get married, she isn’t at all conservative, but seems to kiss any guy she meets. I do love her character and enjoy a book that involves strong, female lead characters. I look forward to learning more about Raisa and what she will do for her Queendom.

Gavan Bayar, the High Wizard, is someone you don’t really like from the moment he is introduced. You know there is something going on with him, he is definitely planning something, but no one seems to be able to stop him. He is very conniving and only interested in being the one with the most power.

There are way more characters than these three, but these are the most notable.

Writing

I have no complaints about the writing. I love the switching view-points between Han and Raisa.

Overall Thoughts

This was a great introduction to the series that allows us to form a bond with the characters. The world building and character development is spectacular and it only took me a few chapters to be completely engaged in the book. If you love character driven stories and don’t need a book containing a bunch of action, then I think you will love this book! It also has some similarities with Name of the Wind and Harry Potter, so if you like those, then I would try this!

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars!

Plot

OMG! This was soooo good! I can’t believe I have waited so long to read this series!

The Exiled Queen¬†picks up where the previous book left off. Han and Dancer are on their way to Oden’s Ford for their first year of training, while at the same time Amon and Raisa are also on their way there.

Most of the book centers around their new lives while living at the Ford and the troubles they encountered on the way. We get to know all about what Raisa has to do in her classes, and we learn even more about Han and his wizardry. It is all fascinating and kind of took me back to the days of reading reading Harry Potter since there are some minor similarities.

It takes awhile for Raisa and Han to realize that they are both taking classes at Oden’s Ford. This is because the Wizards are on one size of the river, while the other students are on the opposite side.

Once they do meet up, the story picks up even more and becomes that much more engaging. Believe me, it was interesting and exciting already, but their encounter adds to that.

I also enjoyed how Han handles his problems with the Bayars since they end up living in the same dorm together. Ugh.

So, this novel just focuses on their training at Oden’s Ford, and building characters and relationships, but it is so incredibly amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to start the next one. Trust me…you need to read this! Unlike the previous book, it wasn’t predictable, which I also enjoyed. I had no idea where this book was going to end.

Characters

Raisa is rapidly developing! She is learning so much now that she is away from home and her training at Oden’s Ford has done her a lot of good. I love that she is such a strong female character and despite being a princess she can actually take care of herself. Although I don’t typically like romances in books (usually pretty cheesy) I do like her relationships with both Han and Amon. She has no idea who she really loves the most and hates that she can’t actually have¬†either of them, though she wants one of them anyway. I can’t wait to see if she gets her position on the throne and what she will do with it.

Han is also developing and really enjoying his new found powers, at least more than I thought he ever would. He is becoming very powerful! Han has also gotten himself into a couple of predicaments in this book. The dean of the school he attends has a special eye for him and has invited him to join her secret club (much like the Slug Club in¬†Harry Potter),¬†but this isn’t turning out well for him. He is pretty much being forced to do her bidding. So not only does Han have to do what the clans want, but he has to follow the Dean’s orders as well. It will be interesting to see what he does and how he will get himself out of this mess.

Han is also battling his dark side in wanting to get rid of the Bayars, which I also thought was fascinating. I’m still not sure whether he will end up doing good or becoming bad, especially with his amulet. I’m wondering if the amulet will eventually influence some of his decisions.

Poor Dancer still isn’t being developed. I wish there would be a bit more of him in the book. He is just kind of there supporting Han and sometimes trying to keep him from doing things he shouldn’t. His skills in wizardry are getting better, but he still prefers making magical items, which we get to see a bit, and is fairly interesting.

Two new characters include Crow, and Dean Abelard. I found both of them to be intriguing because I am not sure if they are trustworthy. As a matter of fact, we don’t even know who Crow really is nor his motives. Abelard doesn’t seem like a good person either, but knowing she wants to keep Wizards from power is a good thing I suppose. I hope both of them return in the following books.

Overall Thoughts

This is a fantastic, interesting, engaging read! You must read this one if you like the first book, maybe even if you didn’t because this is where things really start¬†happening. A great read! and one of my new favorites!

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Plot

My Rating: 5/5 stars!
My Rating: 5/5 stars!

Again, the adventure picks up in the third installment of¬†The Seven¬†Realms¬†series,¬†The Gray Wolf Throne. Raisa is heading back home to the Fells in order to claim her birthright, but it isn’t as easy as she thinks to get back. First of all, she has to figure out how to get out of her current predicament with Micah and Fiona Bayar, and then avoid any problems during the rest of her journey, which is wishful thinking. Along the way she encounters several problems and has many near death experiences. Eventually, she is able to make it home, proves to all that she is still alive, and the book ends with her coronation.

I would have to say that this book is the most nail-biting of all of them so far. I read this book so quickly because I just had to know how it was going to end and I was kept on the edge of my seat for much of it. The pacing was perfect and even though the book contained a lot of traveling it was all still interesting and exciting. I didn’t expect a few things to happen that did and some are pretty upsetting.

I couldn’t believe how much information we get in the book! The reveal of Dancer’s father (what?????) I couldn’t believe! I should have seen that coming but I wasn’t paying enough attention to details. Also, Amon’s betrothal was upsetting. ūüė¶ Raisa’s secret is also revealed to Han and I didn’t actually expect him to behave the way he did. I was surprised by it. I guess Raisa didn’t make a big enough impression or they just needed more time together.

Towards the end of the book there are mysterious murders of wizards taking place within the city and I have no idea what is going on with that and who is doing it. Hmmmm…..

Characters

Raisa is really growing up and she is doing it faster than she ever thought she would. Her demeanor changes incredibly once she is the one in command, and she lets people know it! I am amazed at how well she taking on her new responsibilities; isn’t taking crap from anyone! Definitely maturing quickly. I just wonder if she will change things so that she can be with Han or if she will choose duty over love. I really want them to be together! It was interesting seeing how difficult it can be to make all these decision and what it actually takes to change things for the better, not to mention worrying about everyone at court and figuring out who to trust.

By the end of the book, Han seems to be a completely different person. He is starting to fit in with the blue bloods and is learning all about life at court. I love that Han knows exactly what he wants and does what it takes to get it. I’m interested in finding out what his plans are in his new position and what he is doing in secret. It’s all very mysterious and I am not sure whether his intentions are good. I’m glad he still seems to be interested in Raisa and is doing everything he can to protect her, but I wan’t to know is he doing it because he has to or because he wants to. Would he do it if there was no obligation to the clans?

Crow doesn’t play much of a role in this book, but we do find out who he is! I kind of guessed already and I proved myself right!

I wonder how far the relationship between Dancer and Cat will go. It is apparent how different they are and how neither of them can stand to be in the home of the other. Dancer doesn’t like the city and Cat doesn’t like being with the clans. I really don’t think they will make it work.

Overall Thoughts

This is a quick, exciting, engaging read with many secrets revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can’t wait to see how it all ends. I need to know what Han has planned and if he is with or against Raisa, and the same goes for Micah Bayar. I’m not sure where is loyalties lie either. Definitely continue the series if you enjoyed the previous book because this just keeps getting better!

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Plot

My rating: 5/5 stars!
My rating: 5/5 stars!

The¬†Crimson Crown wraps up the story perfectly! I was so engaged in this book I just couldn’t put it down. It only took me two days to finish! I just had to know how the story was going to end. Believe me when I say that this series just gets better and ends spectacularly!

Raisa has a lot on her mind with her new position as Queen and is getting pressure from  her father to marry one of the clans, while the Bayars have their own plans. Will she actually get to marry for love? She also finds betrayal within her own army, which causes tons of problems and puts both her and her Queendom on the line.

Meanwhile, Han has his own battles with the Wizard Council and his newly acquired position. He must figure out who is behind all the murders before he takes the fall, stop Gavan Bayar from acting on his plan to solve the problem, and figure out how to find the treasure that has been lost for a thousand years. Han also wants to marry Raisa and is determined to figure out how to do it without getting either of them killed.

So many questions are revealed throughout the story, many of which I have wanted the answers to for quite some time. We learn more about Lucius, the death of Raisa’s mother and the wizards found in Ragmarket, as well as more about the love story between Hanalea and Alger and the Breaking of the World. What is revealed about Lucius I kind of had an idea about already and found out that I was right, but I never would have guessed who actually killed Raisa’s mother and the wizards, or what is revealed about the Breaking. Information is also revealed about the truth behind the Clans use of Han and their plans, which was terrible!

There were so many surprises throughout the book and many exciting, nail-biting moments. I found myself to be very frustrated every time I had to put the book down. All I know is that you will love this book, enjoy the ending, and only want more after your done!

Characters

It is clear that Raisa is having a very hard time in her new position. There are so many things she wants to change, she just doesn’t know if she can do it all. She has come along way from the ignorant princess she was in the first book, and is doing the best she can as Queen. Raisa is a very strong, female character who is really intelligent. She knows that she has to get the foreigners out of her guard before something happens, but she just couldn’t do it fast enough. Although she is strong and smart, she also doubts herself a lot. Whether or not she is doing the right thing, or if she actually trusts Han, etc. She will make this best Queen that her Queendom has ever had!

Han understand that he isn’t good enough for Raisa, but he is determined to have the love of his life anyway. He will do anything to get her and lets no one stand in his way. He is performing well in his new blue blood role, but his past still causes him trouble. Even though everyone is against him and he could just run away, he doesn’t and tries to find a way to prove his innocence.

Dancer develops a lot in this book and becomes an interesting character. He learns how to combine his magic with the earth creating earth magic, which is spectacular and rather helpful more than once and learns more about creating magical items. He also gets over his fear of Crow (Alger) and learns to trust him, pretty much because he has no choice and needs his help. He has a much larger, more important role in this book and I was glad to see him developed.

It appears that even though we don’t think Micah is a good person and all he wants is the throne, he genuiently loves Raisa. I’m still not sure if I like him or not because he seemed to care too much about his father even though that man was such a horrible person. I don’t know that I would trust him though if he actually had the throne. Hmmm…. A very interesting character.

Other characters are developed more as well, but I thought these were the most important ones to discuss. I know there is a lot revealed about a member of the clans, but I’m not saying any more than that.

Overall Thoughts

This is a fantastic conclusion to one of my new favorite series! I couldn’t believe how each book just got better! I highly recommend reading it! All the secrets and betrayals revealed in this book just made it that much more interesting, and the ending is amazing and wrapped up nicely.

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