Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Guest Review: The Demon King

One my best friends, Madeline, is in love with the Demon King Series and wrote a review for The Demon King. Here it is!

Title: The Demon King

Author: Cinda Williams Chima

Rating: 10 stars (out of 5)

Summary:  When 16-year-old Han
Alister and his Clan friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards
setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that
this event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten
everything he cares about. Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar, to prevent
him from using it against them. Only later does he learn that it has
an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who
nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. And the Bayars will stop
at nothing to get it back. Han’s life is complicated enough. He’s the former streetlord of the
Raggers—a street gang in the city of Fellsmarch. His street name,
Cuffs, comes from the mysterious silver bracelets he’s worn all his
life—cuffs that are impossible to take off. Now Han’s working odd jobs, helping to support his family, and doing his best to leave his old life behind. Events conspire against him,
however. When members of a rival gang start dying, Han naturally gets
the blame. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles to fight.
As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s just spent three
years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai
Camp—riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Now court
life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of too-small shoes. Wars are raging to the south, and threaten to spread into the high country. After a long period of quiet, the power of the Wizard Council
is once again growing. The people of the Fells are starving and close
to rebellion. Now more than ever, there’s a need for a strong queen.
But Raisa’s mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted by the
handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells. Raisa feels like a
cage is closing around her—and an arranged marriage and eroded
inheritance is the least of it. 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. With the help of her friend, the cadet
Amon Byrne, she navigates the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she
can unravel the conspiracy coalescing around her before it’s too late.

Review: I like almost everything about this book. One maddening thing,
though, is the fact that your two main characters do not meet in this
book. They meet in the middle of the next book. Other than that, I
LOVE it. Normally you read books that have the main character be
magical and magic is good, but can be used for evil. This books veers
from the norm in the fact that it has the wizards being "evil" (it's
really much more murky than that). Another thing that I love is Cinda
Chima's style of writing. Somehow she manages to be descriptive and
very concise at the same time. I will warn the future reader, the
first few pages are not that exciting. It's like the Hunger Games in
that way. The first few pages are slightly less exciting, but turn one
more and THAT'S where the action really starts. If you're looking for
a good "bad guy" to hate, you will DESPISE this one. I hated him. Just
thinking about it makes me angry. I think that both of the main
characters are easy to connect to, but sometimes I definitely wanted
to scream at them (and other times I did. Man, the looks I got were
hilarious). To sum up, this book is a satisfying read that has a
twist. You can probably guess the twist before the end, but it doesn't
make it any less surprising.  I would DEFINITELY recommend this book
to fantasy lovers, even though there are no vampires or werewolves.

Things I like:

Things that I dislike:
I already listed them in my paragraph, are you really THAT lazy?

If you love this series like I do, be excited. The fourth book comes
out in the fall. I AM SO EXCITED!

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