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Friday, June 30, 2017

The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

Book Stats:  
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: High Fantasy
Ebook: 517 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release date: August 30th, 2011

Series:  Seven Realms #3

Source: Purchased

Reviewed by: Tynga

Order: Amazon | Book Depository

Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana'Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed.

Here I am with a third Seven Realms review in as many weeks and I will try very hard not to repeat myself. The key element here you need to know is that this series is AMAZING! Exceptional world-building, rich and colorful culture, tri-dimentionnal lovable (or hate-able) characters and fantastic plot twist will keep you hooked to each of the 517 pages (and it felt like such a short read too!).

There has been a lot going on in the previous installment and Raisa is still on the run in this novel after escaping multiple kidnapping attempts and is still trying to stay out of her enemies (as in multiples..) hands'. It will be no easy feat though as she is alone in enemy territory, with none of her allies knowing her location. The first part of the novel is focused on her difficult journey to return home and her never-ending worries. Fear not, none of it is boring because everyone is out to get her so her traveling is pretty action packed. 

Hans is unfortunately not very present in the first part of the novel but will make a very grand entrance in a surprisingly convenient timing. His life will entirely change when he finally learns that his sweet-heart Rebecca Morley is Princess Heir Raisa. We have been awaiting this moment since the first novel and this showdown was worth the wait. It will change everything in their relationship and the tension between to two was really something!

The second part of the novel is about Raisa's quest to regain her place. I'm not gonna give anything away but there has been a lot of political drama in the Queendom during her absence and her place as princess heir isn't as secure as it used to be. A very difficult journey awaits her and with everyone pushing their own agendas, Raisa doesn't know whom to trust, even among allies. 

The event in The Gray Wolf Throne are game changing on so many levels and I am sure every fan will be happy with the outcome. There isn't any cliffhanger at the end of this installment, but it sets the table for the final novel to come. I was glad to have The Crimson Crown at hand because I really wanted to know where all those adventures and heartbreak would lead us. 

The Seven Realms series is definitely up there with my favorite ones. I know I am late to this party, but if, like me, you hadn't read this series yet, I urge you to get your hands on it! The hardcover edition are quite a workout on those poor arms if you read the pages at break neck pace like I did, so maybe the ebook edition might tempt you lol

Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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