Cinda Williams Chima won accolades for her New York Times best-selling Heir trilogy. The first of a new young-adult trilogy, The Demon King features a former thief, Han, who’s trying to provide for his mother and sister. One day Han, who sports mysterious (and certainly magical) silver cuffs on his wrists, confronts wizards setting fire to a sacred mountain. Now possessing one ofthe wizards’ amulets, Han faces more trouble than he ever could have imagined.
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Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.
Excellent story, great characters, I did not want to stop listening. This is more of a YA fantasy, with the main characters being 15 and 16, but there is a lot to keep your attention. This story does not have as much political intrigue as some fantasy so the story moves along quickly. I am going right on to book 2. I am totally hooked.
I don’t usually write reviews, but for this book I needed to make an exception!
I was a little put off at first as the book seemed to have started very slow, I stuck with it though and ended up not being able to stop listening. The character development is awesome you come to truly enjoy being with each character. And when the book ended I rushed to find the next one, only to find it won’t be released on Audio until the End of October. Simply but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cant wait for the next one.
I alternated between reading and listening to this series opener. Excellent narration by Carol Monda. This is YA high fantasy with castles, queens, clans, dark wizards, and a whisper of romance. At the author's website, there's a map and a list of characters, etc.
The story is told in 3rd person POV, hopping from Han to Raisa. I think the POV changed at the beginning of each chapter.
Despite some vivid scenes, I found this story fairly predictable and frequently frustrating — but eventually promising. I will read the sequel. People say the books get better and better.
Some vivid imagery, some witty dialogue, several suspenseful scenes, brief but tight battles, bloody murder, a little humor, and some heartrendingly poignant moments balanced by heartwarmingly loyal friendship. There's court intrigue, dangerous enchantments, ancient amulets of great power, and a deep dark secret spanning a thousand years.
What's not to like? Info dumping — too much boring expositional narrative, especially in the beginning — and too much internal dialogue for me. This slowed the pace for far too long.
Also, I couldn't get a handle on the characters! They breach. Several supposedly clever characters were unbelievably slow to catch on. Furthermore, a supposedly benevolent character caused a lifetime of family distrust and cruel suffering. Then there's the Demonai warriors. A good warrior is INTELLIGENT, not a biased bigot with a blade. Chima describes them as a LEGENDARY warrior clan -- yet she depicts them as murderous race-haters -- yet she clearly wants me to like Averill the Demonai Lord, and Elena, the matriarch of the clan? Also, the part about the twin babies? Who would handle that situation and its aftermath with such blinded bias, yet be described as wise? Ugh.
That said, the story caught my attention enough to read the sequel. I want to find out how the characters come together at this academy for wizards and warriors. I want to watch them bond together in a common goal (assuming they do). I am fairly interested in Han, Fire Dancer, Princess Raisa, and Amon, her guardian. I want to hear more about Amon's cadet pack of Gray Wolves. I want to see all these young adults come into their own power and set the corrupt kingdom to rights.
Yes, Always something you miss the first time.
This was a wonderful fantasy with memorable well developed characters who have their own unique personalities. There is a lot of time shaping the world and politics of the setting. The plot is constructed of several subplots that will at some point diverge together. It is fast paced and still able to deliver intimacy with the characters. I thought of it as a combination of Aladen and Eragon. This book 1 does not end at all but just sets up and stops. You are forced to seek out the next book immediately. I recommend to anyone who enjoys a great fantasy.
my wife and i are truck drivers and listen to a book every night we are driving, so that is about 11 hrs a day. :-)
had a good story, just took a little wile to get into it and get my imagination changing the voices instead of the narrator
Stefan Rudnicki or some one of his capabilitys
I am 11 years old. I had to read this book for summer reading at my school. It really helped me understand the book as I read it. I made a 100, all 20 points on the AR test. I recommend it because it is a really good story.
I do not really know why but I love political fantasies like this series. Probably because of the more intricate world building you get. Also the characters are so well written and intriguing.
That is too hard to answer as I have not read any similar novels on this level. The only other political fantasy I can remember is A Song if Ice and Fire but they are nothing similar.
The kidnapping and I say nothing more of that which you would all curse me.
Movies destroy good books
Carol Manda had done an excellent job narrating and brought all characters to life and made me believe other people helped with the voices (jk) but she brought every one of them too life.
This book was both entertaining and enchanting. It was full of mystery magic and mayhem. Although I found it a bit predictable it made up for it in it's suspense. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the the inheritance cycle and or the Percy Jackson series
I had been familiar with Chima through the Heir series (Which I highly recommend). In the Seven Realms, she continues to make a name for herself by creating this beautiful world where magic and war awaits around every corner.
True to his name, Han is a fantastic character who you want to follow and lift up on your shoulders when all is done. A rebel with a cause, he is the perfect hero/BA for this world. Raisa is just as fantastic a character. The stubborn future queen is perfect for this world because she's not blinded to anything. Always keeps her mind on track and her heart where it should be.
Everything about this book screams fantasy top seller. Mystery, Intrigue, Magic, Romance, Comradery, etc. This series appears to have them all and more.
Do yourself a favor and invest in Chima.
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