The Demon King

The Demon King

A Seven Realms Novel

Book - 2009
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lgmosher Apr 15, 2021

Honestly... I was just glad to see the acknowledgements pay.

This book seemed like it was an eternity long, slowly torturing me for information that I wanted to provide but had no idea what it was.

The book just didn’t have... appeal. The entire idea was terrific, yet the best part of the story was on the back of the book.

There was No Hook.
No defined plot to follow and help move the story along. Things just happen and then are addressed.
No tension, with lovers / kisses / enemies /the street kids. It was lacking emotion on all fronts.
No conflict: there’s a problem when a street lord gets couriered in an alley and I (the reader) don’t feel his fear. Sure, he got hurt but there was no depth to it... we had no feels on conflict.
No compelling characters or events.
No protagonist. No antagonist.
No emotion. No color. No life. No story.

There was a lot of unnecessary things inside this book that if they were taken out and some depth and world building and character development was put in the series would be a rager.

Unfortunately, The Demon King just fell flat.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 18, 2020

The Demon King is one of my all time favourite books. I really like the different perspectives from the two main characters, Han and Raisa. Their lives are so different, yet they also have a lot of similarities. Even though Raisa is a princess and Han is poor, they both make the same enemies and they both are trying to change their actions. This book is absolutely genius because of the different types of people, wizards, valefolk, and clans. The relationships between the people is really interesting to read about. I love the demon king and 100% recommend that everyone reads it. @ToastieTaco of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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happycanuck
Nov 19, 2019

New author for me and am glad to have discovered her after the whole series has been published. Looking forward to binge reading the rest !

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ryner
May 24, 2019

A pretty decent first novel in a new-to-me teen fantasy series. I didn't love it, but enough intriguing loose ends remained dangling at its conclusion that I'm inclined to pick up book #2.

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iInanis
Mar 25, 2018

Put a hold, excited to get as my sister highly recommended this! Summary seems interesting...

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fantasybkaddict
Mar 23, 2016

For a more detailed review, check out this book on my blog!

https://readfantasybooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/the-seven-realms-series-by-cinda-williams-chima/

This was a great introduction to the series that allows us to form a bond with the characters. The world building and character development is spectacular and it only took me a few chapters to be completely engaged in the book. If you love character driven stories and don’t need a book containing a bunch of action, then I think you will love this book! It also has some similarities with Name of the Wind and Harry Potter, so if you like those, then I would try this!

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ShamaBole
Dec 14, 2015

Not bad, but a bit frustrating that the two protagonists are so flawed. Han is definitely the weak link, and Raisa seems to be more focussed on whom she can kiss next. But still, interesting enough where I want to see how the story continues.

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FullRetard69
Apr 07, 2015

I loved this book as it was a darker writing style then Chima's earlier work and ultimately the characters and the story really made me fall in love with the book and I cannot wait to read the second in the series.

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BBurnett
Nov 10, 2014

YA epic fantasy. Pretty good- characters, several viewpoints, palace and alleys, intertwining of plot and characters. Enough action and suspense to make me want to read the next,

bridget0215 Aug 05, 2014

this begins one of my favorite serieses (I hope that's a word) and is definitely worth reading!!!

Kandachi500 Dec 03, 2013

I loveees When the character's paths intertwine, this book was The perfect escapist i cant wait to read the rest! At first I didnt like the change in P.O.V's but after a while you will find yourself wanting to know whats happening in both of the character's Lives!!!

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cheesecake1357
Apr 05, 2013

Got me so into the characters' lives and thoughts. It's so rare to find a writer that can create such a beautiful, magical, almost real world! Can't wait for the last installment! :)

mramkissoon01 Mar 07, 2013

Great book, but a tad predictable. I enjoyed how each character is interconnected. Also, each chapter illustrates enough drama for the reader to continue reading. Looking forward to reading book two!

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WestsideAsian
Nov 13, 2012

I though these books were going to be awful by the description and covers but the were AMAZING I mean like awesome!!!!

jasonthomo Jul 11, 2012

BEST BOOK EVER :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yd12 Jul 10, 2012

I have to read the fourth book,when it comes out. I didn't think I 'd like it at first (note the publisher) but as soon as I got a few chapters in I got really caught up in the story. All the way through you get so scared for the main characters. The plot is really good, too. everyone in this book is really well-written.

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h21861171
May 20, 2012

amazing book couldnt put it down!!!

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Aquarius_22_HN
Mar 22, 2012

This is such a good book, can't wait to read the other books in the series.

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tylerstorey
Feb 17, 2012

Great book but the copy i got from the library is missing 30 some pages near the end of the book.

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Ubalstecha
Jan 03, 2012

Long ago, Hanalea loved a wizard, then the wizard went insane and had to be killed by the clans. Since then, wizards and queens are bound by very strict rules, so that the tragedies never happen again. Raisa, as crown princess, knows these rules very well, but that hasn't stopped her flirting with Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard of the Fells and a wizard in his own right. She knows they can never marry, so she sees it as harmless. But then Raisa notices that her mother is making questionable decisions.

Han Alister, or Cuffs as he is sometimes know, used to be a Street Lord, but has left that life. He struggles to make money to help his mother and sister, but he longs to live with the Clans, where he has spent every summer. But a run in with the same Micah Bayar, who seems to have forbidden magic, leads Han back into a life of danger.

Can the two young heroes thwart their enemies and save themselves and those they love, while saving the kingdom.

This book, by author, Cinda Williams Chima, takes a bit to get going, and has a tense, claustrophobic feel. But once Han and Raisa's path inevitably cross, the book picks up speed and becomes an exciting action adventure story, where the reader is rooting for the two protagonists.

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skywalker13
Dec 18, 2011

Go Cuffs/Han/Hunts! One of my current favorite series ever... Awesome character personalities. Also, random connection, anyone ever notice how people tend to name handsome, charismatic scoundrels Han? e.g. Han Solo... yeah, random

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Finnick_Odair
Dec 16, 2011

one word: wow!, lol its was awesome :P

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somethinghere123
Oct 11, 2011

Loved it!

jazs Aug 31, 2011

Childlit best fantasy recommendation

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lightning1243
Aug 25, 2011

A book so good each word is worth a thousand pictures(sounds funny don't it, but the book is one of my all time faverites if you read it you'll most likely agree)!!!!!


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