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The Seven Realms is a must-read series. From the day I finished reading it I haven’t been able to get it out of my thoughts. I loved the series so much that some of the characters felt like close friends. Each one was amazingly developed. I will miss them and, because of that, know that I will eventually pick up these four books again. 

Seven Realms people? Anyone?....

Hey, so I don’t know where this is going to end up, but I was wondering if there’s any kind of Seven Realms fandom, and where I could find said fandom. If you’re like what seems to be the entire world and you don’t know what the Seven Realms series is, I highly suggest finding out. By reading the books. Not going on tumblr. Try a library. Go outside. Then go inside again. Preferably inside a library (bookstores work too) It’s worth it as long as you get the first book, The Demon King, by Cinda Williams Chima. This book deserves a HUGE following, which it is lacking for some inconceivable reason.  

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So for some reason Cinda Williams Chima has this uncanny ability to break my heart a little bit. 

She’s just so damn good at killing people off and fucking up characters lives it’s unbelievable. I think part of her degree had ‘Graduated with Honors and Ability-to-devastate-readers-with-really-sad-ass-writing-that-makes-them-cry-like-small-children’. 

I mean seriously. Dragon Heir. Yeah wept. Like a fucking insecure 13 year old girl. Reading the Gray Wolf Throne right now. Not even half through the book and I swear at least 12 good guys have died, 2 of them being parents, one main character is one the verge of dying and we now have two orphans (also main characters) trying to save a kingdom from civil war. Meanwhile the character that’s on the verge of dying, yeah he’s also important to the fate of the kingdom (so naturally you know he’s not gonna die, but it’s still upsetting in the meantime…)

Idek. My emotions right and this woman's writing… I just don’t even….

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

The first book in the quartet, The Demon King, is pictured, but all four books in this series are fabulous. Han Alister has grown up on the streets, hating and fearing wizards and the royal family for the life of crime they’ve forced him to, but his streetlord life gets complicated when he steals a powerful amulet from the High Wizard’s son. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna is struggling to take the queendom in the right direction and maybe even fall in love, despite her mother’s best efforts to marry her to someone who will undoubtedly bring the queendom to ruin. Life only gets crazier from here when Raisa and Han cross paths.

I love love loved the characters in this series; even the minor characters, such as the soldiers in the Queen’s Guard, have their own distinct personalities (in fact, some of them may be among my favorites). It’s such a cool setup, too, with the interplay between the wizards, the clans, the royals, and the streetfolk, and the racial tension that so mirrors that of our own world. And the story – I was SO SAD when I finished the last book, not because it ended poorly but because it meant no more adventures with these characters in this world. It was a little slow starting for me, but once it gets going, it grabs hold and doesn’t let go. I absolutely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good high fantasy.

Testing my noob photoshop skills. :P  I used Lucy Hale as my Raisa.  I know the physical description isn’t an exact match, but this is a first draft.

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“I’m going to find out who’s responsible for this, and that person will pay,” she swore. "This will not go unrevenged. People need to know that an attack on my guard is an attack on me.“

When she looked up, her entire bluejacketed guard was kneeling in a circle around her, tears streaking down some faces.

"This day and everyday, Your Highness,” Mick said, very formally,“I think I speak for everyone here when I say that it is an honor to fight shoulder to shoulder with our Warrior Queen.”

-p.293, Gray Wolf Throne

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

Rating: 5 TBLs

Reviewer: Maren

If you like high fantasy, read these books. If you like Game of Thrones, read these books. If you like complicated villains, daring heroines, and dashing secret princes, read these books. If you like action, magic, history, and romance, read these books.

I started this series in the fall of last year. I devoured the first book, and then got caught up in other books. Then, someone TBL follows posted about how much they love this series and I was reminded that I had three books to go.

I finished this series yesterday. It took me like a week and a half to read the last three books.

Everything works. The plot if twisted and intriguing, mixing political, military, and personal subplots. The overarching theme of unity was present in nearly every piece of the story. Each character participated in different subplots, giving the story complexity and depth. Even minor characters had time to shine. In that way, this series reminded me very much of Game of Thrones. The reader has to focus to keep all the little pieces in place, but the overall result is so captivating that it hardly feels like a chore. You’re just swept into the world of the Seven Realms.

I thought Chima did an excellent job with the worldbuilding. High Fantasy sometimes struggles with that because an author could spend either too much time explaining the world or not enough time explaining the world. In each case, it’s not great for the book. In the case of this series, I thought that Chima did a great job of ‘showing not telling’ us the world of the Seven Realms. By the end of the series, I was fully invested in every piece of the world and I had a clear picture of everything in my mind.

Chima’s understanding of the role of a queen in this series was amazing. I was continually amazed at how much time and energy Raisa had to put into her royal job, and I felt invested in her as a character right from the get-go.

The love story was almost perfectly executed, and I loved how Chima made it about the history of the kingdom as well as the future.

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SERIES IS AWESOME.

Go forth and read it!