by Cinda Williams Chima
Release Date: October 6, 2009
While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them. Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history-it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai camp - riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.
Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea-the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.
Cinda Williams Chima held me in thrall with The Demon King. Once I settled into the world of the Seven Realms I didn't want to leave. There were moments when my heart was pounding in anticipation of what was to come. Throughout the story I kept trying to determine how each character was connected to the other, sometimes I got it right, sometimes Ms. Chima caught me by surprise.
The Demon King was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I'm so excited for The Exiled Queen coming in late September 2010. If you love a great fantasy then Cinda Williams Chima is the author for you.