Tuesday, 14 February 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: Seven Realm Series 3: The Gray Wolf Throne - Cinda Williams Chima

Release Date: 02/02/12


The third book in the critically acclaimed Seven Realms epic fantasy series from Cinda Williams Chima Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana'Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he's concerned, the princess's family killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen. Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it--he's saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive--and even that might not be enough. The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.


If you love a fantasy tale that takes you to a whole new world that not only gives the reader a whole new perspective but also helps to introduce them to the wonderful world of the more adult fantasy then this is the series to get. It has the politics and double dealing from GRRM, the scope of Erikson and of course all wrapped up by one author then this series by Cinda is definitely the one for you.

The authors unique writing style never leave the reader feeling like they’ve been talked down to, the prose is decent and of course the pace alongside the arc is something that really still isn’t explored to the max in this the third outing. Its clever, the characters have grown emotionally as well as physically and overall it’s a title that really doesn’t let up from the start until the last page. Great stuff.

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