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The Crimson Crown (A Seven Realms Novel) Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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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"
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"
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 Seven Realms series, including The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, and The Gray Wolf Throne. She lives in Ohio with her family.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!!
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.
This final book was non stop, I loved every part and never got bored!
I read a LOT and this is one of my favorite series I have read. You will not be disappointed with this. If you like fantastic writing, a great love story, a non annoying, smart (as in never falls for the BS around her) heroine, magic (not overdone), and mystery then this is not to be missed!
And also since I'm a married mother of 2 now I like to know if YA are "too young" and this is definitely not.
As Han attempts to keep his promise to the Clans, gain his revenge on the Bayars, and attempt to win Raisa's hand in marriage he continues to consult his magical mentor Crow, his ancestor Alger Waterlow and infamous Demon King, to learn his secrets and later the true events of a 1,000 years before. Even with all his plans falling apart, Han discovers the lost Armory of the Gifted Kings, only to fall into the hands of the Bayars just afterwards at the same time Fells is betrayed and invaded by Arden. Literally things go from bad to worse for both Raisa and Han, it looks like there will be no happy ending.
However, it was then that Chima showed her talent as a writer as she crafted a believable series of events that resolved the various storylines set up not only in the first half of the book but in the previous three books to a satisfying conclusion not only to the book but the series as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this novel and series. Every book leads to the next. I almost wanted to skip through to find out what the end was. Would recommend.Published 1 month ago by Joella
Great book and series. I thoroughly enjoyed it all and I thought Crimson Crown wrapped it up beautifullyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the entire series. Some series lose their steam and lose my interest. This maintained my interest through all 4 books. Great plot line. Some nice twists and turns. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Twin Cities gal
I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and I read the final book, The Crimson Crown, twice. The characters are interesting and well-developed--very real! Read morePublished 2 months ago by William F. Diedrich
The final book to the series was definitely worth the wait. It keep me guessing as to who the true villain was.Published 2 months ago by Rachell Santiago