Rating: 5 TBLs
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!