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In this concluding volume of the series, wizard, thief, and now bodyguard Han Allister longs to marry his charge Queen Raisa, but she's committed to a political marriage to save her quarreling queendom. The "jinxflingers" hate the native Demonai clans, someone is murdering wizards in the slums (and Han is the prime suspect), and the Ardenine army hovers on the border, waiting for an excuse to invade. Only by playing the multiple schemers off one another to heal the country can Han hope to win Raisa's hand. Here the promise of previous volumes is realized: the budding love story springs to full flower and the hints captured in thousand-year-old legends are borne out, while the stakes are ratcheted up to perilous heights. Betrayal, war, and the faith of lovers all come around to a glorious conclusion as Chima weaves together her geopolitical, magical, romantic, and even mythical themes on an epic scale. anita l. burkam—Horn Book

4Q 4P J S When seventeen-year-old Raisa takes the throne, she inherits a queendom on the brink of civil war. The thousand-year hatred between Wizards and Clans is boiling over; Raisa cannot trust her mercenary army or its leaders; neighboring countries are poised to invade; and each faction demands Raisa's arranged marriage or murder (preferably both). She cannot even trust her bodyguard and lover, Han Alister, the former streetlord turned wizard, because he constantly keeps secrets from her. Is he behind the recent wizard murders and the burning of the city? Meanwhile, Han does his best to keep Raisa and her kingdom in one piece, but powerful enemies attack him from every side, physically and politically. In the midst of everything, he discovers that the land's thousand-year-old feud is based on betrayal and lies. Is there any hope for the queendom, or Han and Raisa's love? Chima has built a complex world filled with equally complex characters, living out an expertly structured and balanced plot in which everything that can go wrong does. Lovers of the series will dive in headlong to learn the fate of the people and lands they love, eating up the devious political machinations, the wizard magic, and bloody battles and will tear through the pages to see if true love wins. Newcomers, though, will be hopelessly lost, so only purchase where the series is popular. This fourth book in the Seven Realms series is recommended for lovers of political and action-laden fantasy, though scenes of violence and torture make it more appropriate for high school.-Melissa Moore. Set in an incredibly written fantasy world full of political turmoil, The Crimson Crown's gripping action scenes, coupled with forbidden romance, will immediately pull readers into Han and Raisa's captivating story. This stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series takes readers on a fantastic ride through a country on the brink of both civil and international war, but whose people possess the most important emotion of all-hope. 5Q, 5P.-Camille Birch, Teen Reviewer.—VOYA

Torture and treasure, treason and trust, and the triumph of true love: All come to fruition in the stirring conclusion to this epic fantasy series. Raisa ana'Marianna has claimed the Gray Wolf throne, but her grip is tenuous: Every faction-clans, wizards, army, flatlanders-both within and without the Fells hates all the others, and each pushes Raisa to accept its preferred candidate for consort. Meanwhile, Han Alister has taken his seat on the Wizard Council at the queen's command, but every other member secretly wants to use him or kill him. Furthermore, there are the mysterious murders of wizards, marked with Han's old streetlord sign; all this disarray signals a weakness that encourages invading armies from the South. Together, Han and Raisa seek the long-lost Armory of the Gifted Kings as the only way to avoid re-enacting a 1,000-year-old tragedy; but to wield such a weapon may well trigger an even greater catastrophe. Chima manages to resolve this impossibly tangled skein of politics, intrigue, history, prejudice and passion with style and grace. Grim scenes of shocking violence alternate with moments of tenderness and humor, and the high body count is balanced by the almost fairy-tale romantic conclusion. While some of the depth and complexities of the supporting characters-along with the nuanced subtleties of their conflicting worldviews-are sacrificed to help demonize (or valorize) their respective positions, nothing can overshadow the cathartic satisfaction for those caught up in this sweeping saga. Simply brilliant.—Kirkus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series, The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. She lives in Ohio with her family.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: A Seven Realms Novel (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142315214X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423152149
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), The Dragon Heir (2008), The Enchanter Heir (2013) and The Sorcerer Heir (2014) all from Hyperion.
Chima's YA high fantasy Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King (2009), followed by The Exiled Queen (September, 2010) The Gray Wolf Throne (2011) and The Crimson Crown (2012.)
Chima plans a new series, The Shattered Realms, set in the Seven Realms world, and featuring a new generation of characters. The first novel, Flamecaster, is scheduled for a Spring, 2016 release from HarperTeen.
Chima's books have received starred reviews in Kirkus and VOYA, among others. They have been named Booksense and Indie Next picks, an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, to the Kirkus Best YA list, and the VOYA Editors' Choice, Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and Perfect Tens lists.
Chima lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Valentine on October 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This review does not contain spoilers.

Chances are, if you're looking into this, you already know enough about the series to know whether or not you like the characters, setting, or general plot. So if you've made it through the first three books and found it so far enjoyable, this book will be a treat for you.

I've sadly come to expect lackluster conclusions to series I love as of late. It seems many authors are unsure how to end their stories gracefully, and their final books sometimes lose that same magic that made me love them in the first place. Cinda Williams Chima is not one of those authors, and The Crimson Crown is not one of those books. I felt this series like a crescendo, rising up and growing bolder, louder, and more powerful as it went along.

I admit, this book was not what I was expecting. She could have simply tied up the loose ends left by The Gray Wolf Throne and left it at that, and I would have been okay with that. But this book goes above and beyond, with its own mysteries, twists, and gripping action that took me by surprise. She answers questions in delicious tidbits that make you want to keep reading, rather than revealing everything all at once like I might have expected. There was more danger, more love, and more political intrigue than the previous installments. Emotions were stronger in this book as well, and there were times when I genuinely cried, laughed, or had a big stupid grin on my face as I was reading (a sign of a good book if there ever was one). It's a very well-crafted novel.

Though I love it to death, it's not entirely above criticism. There were certain plot points that I felt were somewhat tacked on (Dancer's rings, for instance), and some characters that seemed abandoned in the conclusion.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 25, 2012
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Such a satisfying ending to a wonderful series!!

I have been with the series ever since the Demon King and so have had to wait painfully for a year in between each new novel. This last year long wait was not in vain. The crimson crown is a beautifully crafted novel, that is suspenseful and full of action from the beginning. Once again the novel switches between Han and Raisa, with each switch leaving the reader begging for more. This novel has it all, romance, intriguing politics, action, and mystery. Top it all off with a wonderful ending and you have a more than wonderful book to read!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Krista @ Krista's Dust Jacket on October 25, 2012
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Amazing. Beautiful. Exciting. I just don't have the right words to describe how incredible The Crimson Crown was. It was the perfect ending to an epic series.

I think one of my most favorite things about this book is that Chima didn't try to do too much. It seems that, much of the time, authors try to tie up every single loose end at the end of a series, and as a result, all the major plot points are hurried and less than they could've been. Chima's too smart for that, and thank goodness for that. Oh don't worry - all the main questions that had been dogging us for awhile now were answered. But, despite a very perfect ending, you're left feeling that there's still more story to tell. There's still problems and looming tensions. Not everything was tied up in a neat little bow. At the start of the book, there was so much going on - I'm so glad that Chima picked her battles (excuse the pun).

If you have not read The Seven Realms yet, seriously - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I hate having to reduce myself to yelling at you, but honestly, you won't find a better high fantasy series out there anywhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. Parsons on October 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A great conclusion to a fabulous series. Cinda Williams Chima delivers an extremely satisfying conclusion to her Seven Realms Series. Chima weaves a carefully crafted tale of political and romantic intrigue. This series is high fantasy and suitable for both teens and adults. While I am sad to leave this world behind, I am so comfortable with the outcome and the way the Chima brings resolutions to even her minor characters that I feel the characters are safe to continue their Journey. I can't recommend this book and the series enough.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rider on October 24, 2012
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I preordered this book and it did not disappoint. I have read a LOT of books similar to this, and the ending to this book was the most gorgeous thing I have ever had the pleasure to read! Honestly, the last two pages were the most beautiful thing in the world and I am still crying while I write this, 5 minutes after I've finished the book! (and yes, I seriously am crying)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason on November 10, 2012
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Overall I enjoyed the final book in the Seven Realms series. Spoiler alert, I'm going to talk details. Anyways, like other wizard based fantasy novels, I thought this one fell a little short. All the hype surrounding the power of the wizards, and the lost wizard artifacts, and there was nothing to really show for it. In the end, young Allister doesn't defeat the wizard counsel because he is more powerful, but because of luck. I was expecting some high powered magical warfare, and was left with nothing spectacular. I don't mean to diminish the rest of the book, because it was really well written and put together. And I enjoyed it immensely, but the lack of magical action is what led to the 4 out of 5 stars rating. Had there been a little more action, it would have definitely been more entertaining and received a 5 out of 5. Overall, great series!
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