The Crimson Crown, by Cinda Williams Chima [Seven Realms #4]

  • TITLE: The Crimson Crown (The Seven Realms #4)
  • AUTHOR: Cinda Willams Chima
  • PUBLISHER: Hyperion
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 23rd October  2012 (US)
    (UK date is currently unknown…I’ll be damned if I can find it… -__-)

As the penultimate instalment of Cinda Williams Chima’s SEVEN REALMS series I was expecting something extraordinary to keep with the high standard set by previous books. I was not in the least bit disappointed.

The Crimson Crown seeks to draw together the remaining threads from the first three books whilst simultaneously offering new and exciting twists to keep readers guessing right up to the end. Chima does not fail.

Raisa is queen; Han Alister is at her side.

Following the death of her mother and her ascension to the throne, Raisa is plagued by constant indecision: can she be a good queen? Is there a way to unite the wizards and spirit clans? Does the future look fondly upon a union with the only man she really loves?

Convinced that queens do not marry for love, Raisa tries to focus on the tasks at hand and certainly not on Han Alister, who fills her every thought and taunts her with sweet kisses and the notion of love.

She does not have the time for Han Alister.

Life is beginning to agree with the former streetlord and it is for that reason he is eager to hang onto it. Assailed from all sides, Han must weed out threats and stay ahead of the game. Easier said than done when your one advantage is the spirit of your long dead ancestor.

But as Crow begins to come clean with Han and teaches him what he is capable of, Han flirts with the idea of actually surviving the next few months. He’s going to have to try hard. With resentment from the very spirit clans he is bound to forming strongly and Abelard pressing him to stick to their bargain, Han finds he has little room to manoeuvre. Let alone with the Bayars at his heels. Between Fiona’s scheming and Micah’s dogged pursuing of Raisa, Han has needs to watch his back before he finds a knife sticking in it.

Dancer, irksome at life in the city and the choices Han forces him to make, yet eager to discover the true potential of the combination of his natural and high magics, is at his friend’s side no matter what. And with the lure of revenge on his father calling, how can he refuse Han’s difficult requests?

But with an unseen enemy still lurking in the shadows, no amount of effort from Raisa or Han can steer the course of tragedy or betrayal. Someone has decided their way is the only way and they’re bent on seeing it through.

The Crimson Crown is gripping and exciting and combines all the elements of gorgeous prose and engaging character that we’ve come to expect and love from the series. With twists and turns right up to the end, the final chapter in Raisa and Han’s story is a true adventure, brimming with romance, friendship and the insistence to always follow your heart and do what it tells you is right.

The Crimson Crown is about confidence in yourself and triumph over your own doubts and the doubts of others. Young people can and will change the world and set it right on course.
A fantastic ending with surprises and tears, China absolutely and utterly nailed how to finish a series with style. There is quite literally nothing wrong with this book. It is a perfect ending: it doesn’t close everything, open and shut, like a book (har har), but rather leaves on a whole new story—a whole new chapter of the characters’ lives ready to begin. It is satisfying and thrilling and easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Fantastic and utterly wonderful.

This is the book that marks the Seven Realms series as one of my favourite series of all time. I adore it, just as I adored every moment of The Crimson Crown—I’m only sorry it had to end.