Book Review: The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

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Young Adult > Fantasy

(Seven Realms #3)

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. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family as good as killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen.

Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough.

The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.

Book 1: The Demon King review     Book 2: The Exiled Queen review

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I did not think that Han Alister can get any sexier but, oh my. He did. He really did. *happy dance*

The Gray Wolf Throne is my favorite installment so far. Contrary to the first two books, it is fast-paced, brimming with revelations, and progressing with its impressive plot and maturing characters. What’s not to love?!

Raisa’s ascension to the throne has many dangers. There are too many close calls. The most life-threatening sent Han Alister to desperation. But when he realized the deception, his heart was crushed. Han wondered if she’s worth the heartache, worth the trouble with the bluebloods and the clan.

The most arresting element of The Gray Wolf Throne is the positive development of Han’s and Raisa’s characters. I am in awe of Han. Despite the politicking and mistrust with the people around him, he’s undeterred with his decisions. So when he finally decided to take that big step into winning Raisa, I am mad with glee and pride with my boy. I always liked that Han knows what he wants, and finds ways to get it. Now, that trait is magnified, and revealed in marvelous execution. I am so in love with you, Han! *ahem*

Gone is the stubborn princess who ran away from the castle, who despises her mother’s tyranny over her life. Her relationship with Marianna was built with tough love, and I admire that Raisa is mature enough for forgiveness and acceptance. The determination to claim her rightful throne was strong; the courage to love Han (despite his faults) was even stronger. I loved how Raisa grew up and took responsibility for her actions, and her duties as the queen.

I am happy to report that scenes between Raisa and Han are… tender, sexy, and swoon-worthy. Woot!

Dancer’s father was a surprise, but it fell into place neatly. Amon’s betrothal came across as melancholic, with an air of despair. =(

A couple of questions that lingered: What happened to Crow? To Gavan Bayar? Is the Clan’s motive any different from the Wizard’s?

Gray Wolf Throne sets the stage with impossible consequences for all the major players. Will Han fight for his chance with Raisa? Will she choose duty over love?

(I want a HEA, Cinda Williams Chima. Please?)

*stands and picks up The Crimson Crown*

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THE GRAY WOLF THRONE by Cinda Williams Chima

Paperback, 544 pages

Published August 7th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
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5/5 stars

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