This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. Ever. Now, you have to understand that when I say that, it is not an easy thing that I force past my lips and into the open air. Telling me to pick a favorite book is like telling J.K Rowling that she made a bit of money of money off of the Harry Potter Series. I love this book. I love this series. That does not by any means imply that I adore all of her books- that I can’t do, unfortunately. A previous series of hers was good, but not good enough for me to fully recommend her as one of my favorite authors. Still, this series is one that had me on the edge of my proverbial chair waiting anxiously for what happens next.
One day Han Alister catches three young wizard setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battle to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father’s family. Raia aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that 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 page-turner from best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima.
This book series is SO good. I love love it!!! The last one comes out in November of this year.
Stuff to watch out for: There are a few iffy things- Raisa mentions a few people at court who may or may not have easy virtue. A few kisses between Raisa and Micah Bayar, and some romantic feelings spark between Amon and Raisa. One of the supporting characters finds out he was born out of wedlock. a few times Han sees ‘fancy girls’ in the slums of the Fells, and we can presume they are prostitutes.
There are several murders in this book, so if you are iffy on violence then that would be something to watch out for. A character fakes their own death, and there is apparant discord between the wizards and the indians on the mountains.
No really stron language, but there is some theives cant that can be a little bit hard to understand at times.
Overall, this is a GREAT book that I would recommend to anyone above the age of twelve. :)