Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Book Review: Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 528 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1423121368

ISBN-13: 978-1423121367

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch.  Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari.  Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell.  For as long as Han can remember, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes.  They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off. 

Han’s life gets even harder after he takes a powerful amulet from the son of the High Wizard. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, the Bayars will stop at nothing to reclaim it from Han.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight.  Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense for a prince with a big castle and tiny brain.  Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her—plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.

My Review

Okay, this book was pretty much a 500 page prologue, not a lot of action, pretty much just setting up the main story line. And, surprisingly, it wasn't boring at all. I hung onto every word and couldn't stop reading. Great character development. And the story that it is setting up will be a very good one. The dialogue was written greatly, it kinda made up for the lack of fighting scenes. They talk a lot about the history of their world. And there was a lot of action then. Honestly, Cinda Chima needs to write a prequel of this book that is set during the war that took place all of those years ago. That would be an interesting book.

There was a bit more romance in this book then is preferable to me. This Princess Raisa girl has like seventeen boyfriends and can't seem to make up her mind between which she likes most. The whole book book pretty much leads up to her name day. That's the birthday where she becomes old enough to get married. And everybody is pressuring her to make a good choice in who she marries and pretty much the two boys she likes most are forbidden for her to marry. I will never understand the logic of girls.

The other main character, Han "Cuffs" Alistar, is kinda the opposite of Raisa, and no, not just by gender. While Raisa is Princess, heir to the throne, Han is nearly homeless, trying and very close to failing to support his mother and little sister. And he is constantly in danger of the bluejackets, police of the Seven Realms, because of his former life as a gangster. He really reminded me of Johnny Depp's character in Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow. To everyone else he is smooth, witty, not the smartest guy but clearly can take care of himself. He is used to getting out of bad situations. But when there is a chapter that is written from his point of view you can really tell he has no idea what he is doing, making things up as he goes. It's pretty funny to see these transitions.

This book was very well written and sets up what will be a great novel in the sequal, The Exiled Queen. I will be reading it as soon as I can and am very excited. It will be a great book. I just hope it'll be worth all of the setting up.

- Austin

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  1. I liked The Demon King very much! But The Exiled Queen was a master piece to me! I LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT!!!!!
    If you don't like the romance part, you might not like The Exiled Queen, cause it has more of it than Demon King. But the story is so much better!!!!
    I'm DYING for the 3rd book: The Grey Wolf Throne, that's coming out Sept 20. Oh Lord, I'll have to beg the book world for an ARC! I'll not be able to wait til' that!
    Great review!

  2. I haven't read these books yet but both sound so insanely good , having to add them to my out of control list. 500 pages doesn't scare it would my son though lol.

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! I loved The Demon King and I can't wait to get my hands on The Exiled Queen. :D

  4. Stick with the series. Raisa gets a lot better with The Exiled Queen. There is some more romance, but there is a lot more action too. :)

  5. I've been wanting to see a review on this for some time now. I'm glad to know you liked it and thanks for the warning about it being a set up novel. I hate thinking I'm getting a story and then finding out I'm getting a pre-quel like book.

    Gonna check it out soon! :)

  6. This series looks great. I haven't read any of her books yet, but am very much looking forward to doing so.

  7. i also enjoyed this read! you guys are amazing!

  8. I was at Barnes and Noble about a week ago, and I picked up this book. I brought it to my mom to buy, since I had no money for books, and she said no! D: She thought it sounded boring...but...once you said that guy was like Jack Sparrow...I really want this book more. :D It sounds good, and I love anything (or anyone) like Jack or pirates. Great review! :D

  9. "I will never understand the logic of girls". LOL

    Your review is the 1st that makes me want to read this book! :)


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