Friday, January 9, 2015

Teen Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Welcome to our newest teen reviewer, Johanna, who also happens to be a volunteer at Central!

Choices. Uneasy alliances. Fluctuating enemies. Love triangles. Maturing young adults finding a new path from their parents. A struggling kingd--queendom, excuse me (touchy point). The weight of guilt. The call of duty. These are all themes in the Seven Realms series, starting with the Demon King.

The book is set in a medieval land which contains valley townsfolk, wizards from the northern isles, and the clans in the mountains. The Seven Realms region has a history of warfare and strife between the wizards, clans, and Valefolk; now that the region has fragmented into king- or queendoms, there are enemies from all sides. The Queendom of the Fells (the main setting of the series) is a conglomeration of these peoples who have been joined together in an uneasy alliance for years.

Princess Raisa of the Fells is a spunky princess. When she hears about the conditions that the common people of her queendom have to face, she goes undercover to see for herself. What she finds is a handsome young street lord who feels nothing but contempt for the queen, and has an interesting background as well.
Raisa, the heir to the throne, begins to be badgered from all sides about her marriage, and she finds that to do her duty as a queen, and to keep the fragile alliances together, the marriage must be a political one, a cold, calculating decision. Her disappointment at the discovery that there is no room for love in her future is tempered by her fiery determination to fix the problems she sees in her queendom.
By Cinda Williams Chima, this fantasy series is a fantastic read for anyone with a taste for complex plots and incredibly developed realms where the gallant and villainous abound. The characters are all developed artfully, and by the end of the series the reader is shown both the good and bad of almost every character introduced. The plot is a bit complicated, but pretty easy to follow, and the reader is kept guessing until the end. I love the dramatic irony added in through the alternating voices of Raisa and Han (the street lord). The Seven Realms series is worth reading to the end!

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