The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy (Magic, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy), Romance, Adventure, and Fiction
Review: I really loved this book and this series. I read this a few months ago and haven’t had the time to sit down and write my review on it until now.
The beginning third of this book was very slow moving, kind of confusing, and tedious to get through. Once the storyline started progressing, it was fast paced and enthralling. I absolutely loved it from then on.
This book contained a lot of different features that were kind of difficult to unite together until about half way through the book. There are many different “Clans” or groups involved in the story and a range of various characters that fit into those different clans and groups in a multitude of ways.
The main character is Han Alistair, who reminded me a little bit of Aladdin, because he is a street lord, very rough around the edges, but also very easy to admire, respect, and love as a character. He makes a lot of difficult decisions, but his choices are for his family, the clan he was basically adopted into, or sometimes for himself (we’re all selfish sometimes, haha). Han is sarcastic and loyal and the best thing about this book.
The main female character is Raisa (who also goes by Rebecca Morley). She is a princess and very independent. She is a free spirit and also bares a resemblance to the Aladdin story, by way of disguising herself and going into the town to help the townspeople. She is very vain and throws around her title a little bit too much, but she wasn’t unlikeable. She is rebellious and was a refreshing change from the characters living in the castle.
There is another character, Amon, who is Raisa’s best friend and a member of her guard. He annoyed me the entire time he was in the book and I don’t really have much to say about him.
What was interesting was that all of the characters become acquainted with one another in different ways that were unpredictable and all were forced to make decisions that resulted in each of them losing their freedom. By showing that evolution of the characters, it allowed Chima to build a broader understanding of what was going on within the story.
This book did feel like a set-up for the next book (which it is), but it moved along well enough to not be boring or pointless.
In the front cover of the book there is a map and all good fantasy novels have a map in the front cover.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, an underdog tale, and even a slow-burn romance that takes place over the various novels in this series.
Review is also posted on Goodreads.
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