The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: The Seven Realms #4
Publication Date: October 23rd 2012
Wendy’s Review – 5 Skulls – A+
Why I love this series
#1 – It is so refreshing to read a series that is written with realism, even in the Fantasy genre. All of the characters in this series showed character growth, and even better, it was in a completely believable way. In the first book, The Demon King, Raisa and Han read as teenagers. They thought and reacted in a way that felt young, like they are navigating their way and learning about being adults. Every event that happened, every battle they fought or mountain they climbed, strengthened them. They learned from it and reached the next level of maturity. In The Crimson Crown the Raisa and Han you were reading had grown up exponentially. The books span only 2 years, but the circumstances over those two years marked them permanently. In the beginning Han was funny and endearing; in the end I had no qualms about having fallen in love with his character and it was all because of how strong and adult he became. Even in my reread I couldn’t stop thinking about how well the author orchestrated this growth.
#2 – I can not stress enough how much it annoys me when an author relies to heavily on distrust in order to add conflict to a story. I’m not saying that trust should never be used in story development. Obviously there are situations where it would be unbelievable if the characters trusted when they shouldn’t. With that said, in this series, I absolutely love that no matter the evidence against them Raisa and Han refused to doubt each other. It reminded me a bit of the relationship between Todd and Viola in the Chaos Walking trilogy, which is another of my favorite relationships. It’s beautiful and rare.
#3 – The world! In particular, I loved the idea of the Spirit Clans. I’ve never read a fantasy series that brings in concepts very similar to Native American history. Also, the dual types of magic, High magic and Green magic, the wizards vs the Clans. (I think both sides aided in creating the characters of Han Alister and Hayden Fire Dancer, two of my favorites.)
#4 – Which leads me to the characters. All of them were well developed and I love them. It wasn’t just Raisa and Han, the two main characters. Reading about Dancer and Cat, Willo and Bird… there were a host of characters that stood out on their own.
This is a series and a final book that makes it hard to pick up anything afterwards, it just makes you want to just cradle it and remember. I’m never ready to let these characters go. I really hope we get more.
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