One of the “problems” with reading so much and loving so many series in progress is sometimes not being able to keep up with new releases. I fell in love with Cinda Williams Chima‘s Seven Realms series the moment I started reading the first book, The Demon King.
In a time when wizards are bound to the queen and streetlords thieve and run ragged in towns, Han (Hunts Alone) sheds his streetlord status and tries to go straight and raise money for his mother and younger sister. His only escape is to the clan where his best friend Fire Dancer and matriarch Willo care for him and provide shelter. Raisa, the princess heir, feels bound by her role and can’t seem to reach her mother, who is strongly influenced by her wizard advisor. When it becomes apparent that things are not right, Raisa chooses to act on her own, with help from old friend (and now part of the Queen’s Guard) Amon Byrne. From there it’s a heart-pounding adventure that grabs onto the reader and doesn’t let go!
The second and third books in the series, The Exiled Queen and The Gray Wolf Throne are just as gripping and fantastic and definitely don’t disappoint. I’m so in love with Han and Raisa. I don’t want to provide a summary of the books here because I don’t want to give anything away. I highly recommend this series if you love epic high fantasy with absolutely amazing characters.
So, when I was recently in New York City browsing the amazing children’s book store, Books of Wonder, I was thrilled to see a signed copy of the fourth book in the series, The Crimson Crown!