by: Cinda Williams Chima
series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne
don't worry, I'm not going to spoil anything for you. read ahead!
have you seen the trailer for The Crimson Crown and my interview with Cinda Williams Chima? I've done two!
I prepared for the ending of this series. My husband and I listened to the entire series again on audio over the course of several months. (Which was glorious, in case you were wondering)
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I'm a huge fan of this series. I can say without hesitation that this is my favorite series after Harry Potter. I hate to talk it up too much, since I don't want to set unrealistic expectations. But, if you enjoy fantasy at all, then this series is an absolute must read. I know that I will re-read it again and again. Every time I read it I fall in love with the characters again. Even though I know what's going to happen I still feel anxiety as I read each page. That's the masterpiece that Cinda Williams Chima has created.
I didn't know if The Crimson Crown could live up to the expectations that I had set for it. What kind of an ending would I get for the characters that I cared so much about? I started the book on a Thursday evening and finished late in the afternoon the next day. All 600+ pages, devoured.
I couldn't have imagined a more perfect ending to a series that I love. There is passion, intrigue, and loyal friendships. Han is pushed to the limit, and so is Raisa. And just when everything seems like it's going to burst from the anticipation, well, you'll have to read it to find out.
What else can I say? If you haven't begun the series, then now is the perfect time. You won't have to wait for any of the sequels! As a sidenote, I let my brother borrow The Demon King last week (he's 12). He called me not long after to ask for the next book. So, even though there is a fair amount of kissing (which he admitted was not his favorite), there was enough to keep him engrossed enough to want to continue the series.
So, in conclusion, if you haven't started the series, please do. If you love the series you won't be disappointed. Also, if you started The Demon King and found it to slow/uninteresting, you might want to try skipping to The Exiled Queen. Chima does a great job of incorporating a little of the background from the previous story so that you can easily pick up what happened in the first book. But, once you've read the series, you should definitely go back and pick up the first book.