Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
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Listening Length: 15 hours and 6 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Recorded Books
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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 world of the Seven Realms was just so magical. The setting was made of castles, markets, schools, mountains, secret tunnels and a beautiful backdrop of color. Cinda Williams Chima did an amazing job describing the setting, I was never lost; from ragmarket to Oden's Ford, Tamron Court to Ardenscourt, Fellsmarch Castle to Marisa Pines Camp. Back and forth each character would go from destination to destination and it was never confusing.
The character development was that of Harry Potter. Perfection. There are so many fascinating characters, take a look at this link Characters of The Seven Realms Series, if you really want to see how extensive the characters are. Han, Raisa, Firedancer, Amon, Cat Tyburne and Crow were my top favorites. The romance between Han and Raisa was steamy at times, but mostly just adorable and well, romantic. I would have to say that this series has one of the best love stories ever! Han is one of my favorite hero's, for sure. Young Raisa was once naive and prissy. Then, Raisa becomes Queen and grows wise beyond her years and quite the skilled fighter, with the help and lessons from Amon Byrne.
The intense action scenes between the good wizards vs. the evil wizards, Queen Raisa vs. everyone who wanted her dead, Han vs. everyone who was trying to kill Raisa, Han vs. the evil Bayars, Raise vs. the evil Bayars, Demonai vs. Wizards. It just goes on and on. Betrayal, lies, cheating, stabbing, fist fighting, jinxflinging, sword fights, and so on. Yes the intense action scenes will keep you on your toes, you will not get bored that's for sure. Nobody can cheat death like Han "Hunts Alone" Alister, I can give you that!
This series was absolutely phenomenal! I wasn't sure if I was going to like the series, just because the first book, The Demon King, is hard to follow from about the beginning to about the middle. Of course with a long series like this everything has to be set up; the setting, geography, and characters need to be introduced and developed. After Han meets Raisa everything changed, I was engrossed. I began to realize why everyone loves this series so much, after reading The Exiled Queen. I immediately started The Gray Wolf Throne after book two, I was hopeless and pathetic, completely engrossed. Finally after about two straight weeks of reading The Seven Realms I finished with The Crimson Crown. I felt like I had no more purpose in life, like "Now what?". This series will go down in history as a must-read classic along with Harry Potter. Andye talked me into reading The Seven Realms, I'm glad I listened.
The narrator Carol Monda reads the whole Seven Realms series. She is incredible. Her voice is very rich and full of layers. Carol is good with both the male and female characters. She also narrates a ton of Jodi Picoult books as well. I prefer reading an actual book, however this book, on audio, is the way to go. It really is just that good!
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