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Review: The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
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Series: Seven Realms #3
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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 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.

*Slight spoilers if you haven't read The Demon King or The Exiled Queen*

My Thoughts:

Cinda Chima does it again with another great fantasy. I have been fan girling about the Seven Realms series and I was crazy excited when I finally got a copy. The Gray Wolf Throne brings everything I love about Cinda's novels. There's that adventure, the complicated romance, and the amazing character developments.

There were these moments where I couldn't help but just hold my breath and flipping the page frantically! This really didn't help especially since I was sitting in a hair salon waiting for my turn. Although I felt like there was a bit too many pages of detail, but I was always anxious for the moment Raisa and Han would meet again. Their futures are entwined but I'm just waiting for something to happen.

Raisa comes back as bold as ever. When she returns she makes a show that the throne belongs to is her and her only. She learns that sometimes you must put duty before love and that really killed me. Raisa cares so much for the people in her queendom that I just wanted her to be selfish. Especially when it comes to Han. Han looks at everything like a game, a game that nobody knows. Every step he takes is with a purpose that I'm dying to know about.

I was satisfied with what the story gave me but I just wanted a little bit more. There were a good amount of pages but there was just a bit too many pages of detail. I didn't want the book to end because I just wanted to know everything! It is the perfect build up to an amazing ending in the next book.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


  1. I really need to start this series! I've seen it everywhere, and one of my friends read The Demon King and told me I needed to read this series. Great review! :)

  2. thanks for sharing.


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