Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: The Gray Wolf Throne by 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.

Title: The Gray Wolf Throne
Series: Seven Realms #3
Published: August 30th 2011 by Hyperion Books
ISBN: 1423118251 (ISBN13: 9781423118251)

The Gray Wolf throne was a novel that, like the other books in the series, has thoroughly captivated me. There were times in this book when I wanted to cry with the characters...
"It’s all right to cry, she told herself. Soldiers and queens are allowed to cry, aren’t they? She was half Demonai. Demonai don’t cry." 
And there were times when I wanted to cheer at their bravery...
“The bluejacket girlie rode like a clan warrior, but there was no way she'd escape. It was a private life-and-death contest that had nothing to do with him.He told himself he should ride on, grateful that the chase would keep them occupied while he took a different path.But what had he told Rebecca when she'd asked what he meant to do when he returned to the Fells?I'm tired of people in power picking on the weak. I'm going to help them.” 
And I found it quite funny after Han discovers Rebecca is Raisa and he makes this comment. 
“Who?” Han pretended not to understand. “Oh. The queenling. That girlie has more names than a Ragmarket fancy.”
Come on now Han, you have gone by Han, Cuffs, Hunts Alone, Hunts Bird, Shiv, and Demon King...being a bit hypocritical now aren't you? 

I am still worried about the relationship between Han and Raisa, though I love the two together, it's the question of how it would work out. I am happy Raisa and Amon have finally found a middle-ground for their relationship and stay loyal friends to one another. I even liked Micah somewhat in this book, he really is trying to protect Raisa, and he cares for her...though he has an odd way of showing it. 

Honestly, at the end of the book, when Raisa is crowned Queen, it reminded me a lot of the Princess Diaries! Which by the way, is possibly one of my favorite childhood movies. When she named her lineage starting from Hanalea and spoke to the citizens of Fells about uniting her people, I felt she spoke well beyond her years. I can't believe there is only one more book left! I'm not sure if the author plans on writing more afterwards, but I would hope so! I would love it if this series could go on forever.

I've just started this and I'm already out of ideas! 
Book Nerd and Proud,

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