Book Review - The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Friday October 23, 2009

The Demon King
by Cinda Williams Chima
Available now!
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.

Although I have Cinda's Heir Series here in my library I have never had the pleasure of reading one of her books until now. The Demon King is right up there with Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore. In depth stories that draw you in and keep you wanting more.

I'm also really happy with the fact that the author chose to have both female and male lead characters. This makes my job easier when trying to get boys to read books because God forbid they read a book with only a strong female lead character! There is just enough of a love story and just enough action and gore (descriptions of fighting and a few characters who meet their demise) to keep everyone happy!

The Demon King is a magnificent beginning to what I expect to be an awesome new trilogy! Exceptional writing, original and in depth storytelling make this a sure hit with fantasy fans of all ages.

Appropriate for 7th grade and up.

Visit the publisher site for The Demon King HERE

Visit Cinda Williams Chima's website for info on all her books (including The Demon King book trailer) HERE

The Heir Series


Steph Su said...

Wow, as good as Kristin Cashore's book? I must pick this up then! I tried reading the Heir trilogy but must've gotten distracted partway through, cuz I never finished. However, I'm willing to start with her new non-series book. Thanks for the review!

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