Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Crimson Crown

598 pages

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed—Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love. Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

This is the perfect ending to the Seven Realms series! There is nothing I like better than a long book that is both exciting and intriguing. This book was one non stop journey of action and adventure. Raisa is a strong and mostly fearless leader although she has a hard time figuring out how to appease everyone now that she's come to the throne. Han still has a lot of prejudice and other issues to overcome while trying to help Raisa keep control over her tenuous hold on the kingdom. The one problem that Raisa and Han continuously have is lack of communication which of course creates a lot of unnecessary issues between them. The other characters all have different kinds of growth or failures in character that make things more complicated for Raisa and Han. There is betrayal in unexpected corners and all kinds of revelations that show the real story behind a lot of the historical lies in the Fells.
I was absolutely satisfied after reading this conclusion and I'm certain that if you love this series you will be too. I definitely recommend reading this novel if you love fantasy but make sure you read the rest of the Seven Realms series first.

The Demon King
The Exiled Queen
The Gray Wolf Throne
The Crimson Crown


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