Wednesday 14 August 2019

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Paperback, 506 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion (first published October 6th 2009)
Series: Seven Realms #1
YA fantasy

I should just stop reading YA fantasy. I thought it would be good, but then it just got worse and worse, and boring and then I skimmed.

The thing is, it had lots of promise, interesting world, but the characters!

Raisa is all why do I have to wear a dress and sit still?! She has been away for 3 years, relax girl, you can sit still for a dinner. She is supposed to become queen one day and I fear for the Queendom.

There seems to be a lot if wars at the border, she knows nothing about that.

I am not slutshaming, but why these hookups? And then we get told oh no you can't be in the presence of a boy your rep will be ruined...right, and no one else has noticed her sneaking around? What are her guards doing?! Aren't they you know, supposed to keep an eye on her?

Her chapters were so dull. And she was TSTL, I do not know how she was not murdered and raped, the things she thought of, mindboggling.

Han, he had promise, but sigh, he was the stereotypical YA Character. Super awesome! *eyeroll* AT 17 he has retired from a life of crime. He was the best, he was a gangleader, he is talked about, and sure if you were ruthless and smart I could believe it, but that this 17 year old has been a boss I do not believe. He also does not have a single cent to his name.

Evil wizards cackling in the background.

I did like her dad! The 5 pages he was in it, lol.

ALso the queen, srsly, does she know anything about her country?

It was close to ok, if it had not become boring, and yeah I just do not like Raisa. It needed stronger characters, not so obvious cliches and better world building.

One day Han Alister catches three young wizard setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna has her own battle to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father's family. Raia aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her-plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.


  1. Interesting. Everyone is always telling me to try this author but fantasy is always difficult for me.

    Have you read anything else by her? That you would recommend?

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Nope, this was my first and honestly last

  2. Oh no...I am sorry this one didn't work for you. I hope your next read is better!

  3. Oh that's disappointing. I thought this was a popularly good choice for YA fantasy!

  4. I've always wanted to try one of her books! I think this one has been on my TBR for a few years, lol.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  5. Okay so one to definitely pass by!

  6. YIKES! Don't you hate when a book looks really good, then it doesn't work out? I can definitely relate.

    1. It was so promising and then it turned so YA

  7. Ugh... but it's Disney, so what would you expect. Their lifeblood is the drama-filled YA machine!



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