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The Demon KingBy Cinda Williams ChimaA Review by Eric AllenBefore I begin, I must say that I was not able to finish this book I only got four chapters in before I couldn t take it any This book fails on every level possible and imaginable Let me count the ways No Hook No plot No tension No conflict No compelling characters or events No protagonist No antagonist No emotion No color No life No story No desire to read ANY further No refunds DAMMIT My dislike for the book could be chalked up to the fact that I am a thirty something adult and this is targeted at boys less than half my age, but I don t think that s it Normally, when I review books I ll give a short synopsis, and applicable history of the writer or the book itself, and basically tell what I liked, what I didn t like, and what I downright hated about it I can t do that with this review as I only read four chapters of the book before setting it down, therefore I will be giving you my case as to why no one should ever read it by, instead, using examples from other books, and to be completely fair these books will be of the same genre YA fantasy disclaimer I have received several rather heated messages over this review This review was published in the April issue of the magazine I write for In short, IT IS A JOKE Joke or not, I believe that many of the points that I make DO have validity So please, set aside your indignity if you have any, and simply enjoy what I have to say about this book I realize that you may think I am worse than Hitler for bad mouthing a supposed great and popular author, but it s just a book review Get over it I am not arrogant enough to believe that everyone cares what I have to say In fact, I m rather surprised that anyone does So, just as I quit reading this lame book, you can quit reading my lame review on it if you wish And please, if you are offended by what I say, and absolutely have to let me know about it, firstly I invite you to get over yourself and learn to take a joke, because that s what this review is when you get right down to it If that does not work, at least be civil in attacking me and realize that if you act like a complete ass toward me I will reply in kind This is a review of the first four chapters only, not of the book in its entirety and should not be taken as such If you enjoyed the book, that s fine It is not my intention to insult you, only to educate you and anyone else on why I could never in a billion years consider this a good book If someone criticizing something you enjoy offends you, the solution is very simple JUST STOP READING disclaimer Firstly, genders News flash people, boys and girls are different, not just physically, but in the way that they act, think, feel, and see the world It is often a mistake of amateur writers that all of the characters of the gender opposite to their own are either horrible stereotypes, or too much like their own gender.For example, the female characters of male writers will act no different from men, or be weak, weepy, and incapable of doing anything important on their own The male characters of female writers might be unwashed, emotionless brutes that think of absolutely nothing but fighting and sex, or they will be too clingy and emotional A character that does not realistically behave like a person of his or her gender does not feel right to the reader This is a mistake that I would expect from an amateur, but not from someone with six books in publication It is my opinion that no man can truly understand women in general, and no woman can truly understand men in general though they sure seem to think they do This book is proof that at least some women have no earthly clue how men are supposed to act toward one another A skilled writer will know that characters of the opposite gender are sometimes incomprehensible to them, and be able to at least fake their way through making their performance believable, or cloak them in enough mystery that he or she doesn t have to Yo Chima, don t you have ANY male friends you can run this crap by before publishing it to give you some feedback on the behavior of your male characters The male characters in this book are doubly bad, they act like girls half the time and then they stupidly throw themselves at violence to no point or purpose Yes ladies, that s right, men don t just beat on each other for no apparent reason If we re going to pound someone, we don t just do it because we re bored There s always a reason behind it That reason may make no sense at all to the female perspective, but just because you don t understand it doesn t mean it doesn t exist There is to men than violence and sex, but don t try to overcompensate for your lack of understanding by making them overly emotional on top of it It turns out as a horribly, conflicting mess And BY THE WAY what in the hell is up with all of the blatant homo erotic tension between Han and Dancer News flash, Cinda, NO Just NO You re doing it wrong Take my word for it Shame on you If you have no earthly clue how men are supposed to act, DON T MAKE YOUR PROTAGONIST and I use that term VERY loosely here, hence the quotation marks A MAN YOU DUMBASS Or at least explain why your characters are too much like the opposite gender And also realize that even effeminate men are still men, and tomboys are still women They still think, act and see the world as their own gender would We are all still what we are, despite any outward facade.Oh, but Eric, you say, give her a break, male writers have been messing up their female characters for centuries and I don t see you bitching about that I do bitch about it actually, as is quite apparent in my review of The Omen Machine Stereotyped characters, when done well, can work for a story, but when they re bland, boring, and generally unlikable it just makes the whole thing fall apart Stereotypes are often used in YA books to get children to identify with the characters easily In my opinion children are smarter than adults give them credit for and can follow complex character development without the use of stereotyping, but then again, I was reading and loving the Wheel of Time at eleven An example of stereotypes done well is the Harry Potter series You ve got the outcast, the bumbling sidekick, and the know it all bookworm These are stereotypes that most kids can relate to They are, or know someone that is much like one of these characters And the way that J.K Rowling does it gives them all life and depth, giving them realistic personalities and character, giving you reasons for why they are the stereotypes that they are, and why you should care about them You get to see them learn and grow out of their stereotypes into stronger, rounded characters as the series progresses In The Demon King, however, the characters are basically just cardboard cutouts with whatever their stereotype is written where their faces should be Every one of them is uninteresting Even the supposed protagonist fades almost completely into the background because he has no personality at all except for his stereotype It makes for a rather dull and boring reading experience.The plot and pacing of this book are atrocious When you have a book this short, SOMETHING better damn well happen by the time you reach chapter four But nothing did Here s a rundown of everything that happens in the first four chapters Bland character one and bland character two whine about foraging, they decide to go hunting, they meet bland characters three, four and five They have a bland, tensionless spat over Macguffin number one meanwhile bland character six waits for bland character three and company to return Then bland character seven shows up for no particular reason and does basically nothing but add boring, soulless dialogue to an already colorless world When writing a book you have to start with something big, or something exciting, or something mysterious You have to give the reader something of interest to make them want to continue This is called The Hook You have to give the reader a sense of excitement, or a question that they truly want to see answered or they re not going to care There was no hook in this book There was nothing exciting about this beginning, nor was there anything mysterious No questions to which a reader can desire to find answers to were given at all As nothing happened at the beginning, a reader can only assume that this book is about nothing.Here s some examples of how a fantasy story for young adults SHOULD begin Every one of them is of the YA Fantasy genre, and each of these books is generally the same length as The Demon King.In Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone, by chapter four Harry has had his parents murdered, been raised by people who hate and oppress him, and has discovered that he is a wizard and been accepted to Hogwarts to learn magic His character and plight have been well introduced by this time, and his hopes and dreams are very clear in the reader s mind Though his plight is played for comedic purposes, we still FEEL that it IS plight We ve gotten a look at the wizarding world and the tenacity of the owls that deliver their mail By this time, we know what the book is about, and we know what makes the main character tick.In Jonathan Stroud s Barimaeus Trilogy, book 1 The Amulet of Samarkand, by chapter four Nathaniel has summoned the demon Bartimaeus and bound him to his will, and Bartimaeus has stolen the Amulet of Samarkand for him By this time we ve been witness to quite a bit of Bartimaeus sarcasm and wit, and quite a bit of humor to make him rather lovable and we feel his plight as a slave to his human master Demons and Magic, and a lot of how the world works have been explained to us by this time through the comical rantings of Bartimaeus.In Garth Nix s Abhorsen Trilogy, book 1 Sabriel, by chapter four Abhorsen has brought a dead infant back to life, Sabriel does the same for a dead bunny Sabriel is contacted by a being from Death that gives her her father s sword and necromancer s bells, giving her a message that he is trapped by one of the Greater Dead Sabriel leaves her school to head from the world of technology to the world of magic where she is from to rescue him We are are shown how Death and Necromacy work We are shown the wall that keeps the two worlds apart from one another, and we discover that many things are going horribly wrong on the other side of the wall We ve gotten to know Sabriel by this time We know her reluctance and fear, but also her determination to save her father and prove herself his worthy heir.In John Flanagan s Ranger s Apprentice series, book 1 the Ruins of Gorlan we ve already seen the Dark Lord plotting vengeance and raising an army of nightmare creatures We ve been introduced to the characters and their likes and animosities toward one another We ve been given the mysterious Ranger Halt and his slip of paper given to the Lord while he decides Will s future profession We can feel Will s burning shame at being turned down for battle school, the only thing he s ever wanted in life, because of his size, and his curiosity over what the mysterious Halt might have to say about him, and what is written on the paper We ve already seen that he is not afraid to defend himself against people twice his size, and that he is naturally good at climbing and sneaking We want to know why Halt seems to have an interest in him, and what his fate might be after being denied every profession he hoped for.In Brian Jacques Redwall by chapter 4 which, by the way is only ten pages into the book You ve been introduced to the villain, the protagonist, the love interest and the mentor You ve gotten to know that the orphaned Matthias does not fit in amongst the others at the abbey He yearns for adventure and something than the quiet life of devotion to others that he has been raised to There is a build up with a festival planned and the villain setting his sights on Redwall Abbey You just KNOW that these two events are going to coincide and go horribly wrong, and you can feel anticipation building with each page that you turn And might I remind you that all of this was set up in only TEN PAGES TEN PAGES and Redwall is already a compelling, and better set up story than The Demon King, and it is a book about MICE By the time that you get four chapters into a young adult book you should know the setting, the characters, and have a pretty good idea about what is in store for them You should be thoroughly invested in the plot, and actually WANT to continue in it SOMETHING interesting SHOULD have happened, because young people typically tend to lose interest quite quickly if you don t grab them early with something they care about You should hopefully be connecting with the people you re reading about, perhaps thinking that they seem a bit like you You should be excited to discover what happens next The plot should actually be going somewhere by this time instead of puttering around, running in circles chasing its own tail to no point or purpose.Now, let s play a little game I like to call Who is the Protagonist In a work of fiction the Protagonist is the central figure around whom the events of the story revolve, and with whom the reader is supposed to identify The protagonist will learn and grow, and through a great deal of turmoil and such will rise above his or her weaknesses in the end to defeat the antagonist i.e bad guy First of all, to have a protagonist you really kind of need an antagonist, and, you know, some sort of conflict between them Well, we might as well stop playing Who is the Protagonist right now, because neither of those things seem to exist within The Demon King BUUUT let s just pretend that they do for a second.First of all we ve got Han I think shrug He fades into the background, is bland, boring, COMPLETELY unlikable in ANY way shape or form, and generally fails completely at everything we ve seen him do by chapter four He has no reason to do anything, he has no conflict, he has no nemesis, and I don t know about you, but I sure as hell can t identify with someone this bland and pointless Next we have Dancer He s hot headed I guess and well Yeah, that s about it His name might as well have been Hotheaded Stereotype, why bother even naming him No conflict here either, though you KNOW he s really spoiling to jump Han s bones, because, as we all know, that s TOTALLY what men do when there are no women around, right Cinda I guess he s not it either Bird Nope, can t be her, she just randomly appears to sow false tension and spout boring, soulless dialog that really has nothing to do with anything Princess I forget how to spell her name correctly Raisa was it Well, no, she seems a love interest not essential to plot, and who can identify with a spoiled princess who doesn t want to be a princess anyway That goes completely against what the stereotypical tween girl wants, right By the way Cinda, that was an example of how to correctly employ irony in your writing, you might want to take note of it Annoying douche 1 perhaps I forget his name, because, well, he s a pretty forgettable character You know, I think we may have a winner here if not for the fact that he s obviously being set up as an antagonist But, by the time this book hits chapter four he is the one and only character in the entire book that has shown even a shred of humanity and ambition, and he s the only character I can even come close to identifying with And he s not a very interesting character either, he s just the ONLY character The others are so thin and lifeless that they can t even be considered characters at all He s a young nobleman chafing under his father s strictures and wanting very desperately to prove that he s worthy of being his father s son by stealing magical artifacts to prove he knows how to use them I can identify with that Can you I know what it s like to feel as though I ll never live up to my parents examples.Now, there is something HORRIBLY WRONG when your ANTAGONIST and I use that term VERY loosely here, as he is not clearly introduced as the antagonist in this story or not NO ONE IS is the ONLY character in the entire book a reader can identify with at a point in said book where you should already know your characters reasonably well You should know, by this time, generally what they want out of life, and why you should care about hate them Look back on my examples In every one of those series by the time you got to chapter 4 you knew without a doubt who your protagonist was, and why you should care about them You knew their hopes and their dreams You knew what kind of person they were You, perhaps, felt sorry for them because of their horrible lives, or felt a lot like them, knowing what it s like to be downtrodden, or shipped away to school away from everything you know and love, or feel inferior to your parents and desperately want to prove your worth, or be turned down for something important to you because of a physical deficiency You identify with them They are clearly the hero of the story and you want to see how they overcome the trials in their lives Where was all of that in The Demon King Who is the Protagonist Who is this book about Who am I supposed to care about Why am I supposed to care about them Where is the conflict Who are these people the author keeps talking about and why do I care Is something supposed to be happening Did I miss something Why does she keep talking about Han when Annoying Douche 1 is clearly the compelling character I don t get it What s going on In conclusion, The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima is a horrible book that I could not even finish The characters are ridiculously bland, and she does not seem to understand men well enough to write believable male characters There is no plot of which to speak Nothing happens in the first four chapters that will even come close to grabbing you At a point in the story where you should have a pretty good idea who the characters are, and why you should care about them, she still hadn t even really introduced them to us properly This book could be used in writing classes as an example of exactly how NOT to begin a story I can sum this book up for you in one word Bland.It is my opinion that a Young Adult novel should be something that not only children but adults should enjoy as well All of the series I cited as being better than this one, save Redwall, were books that I read as an adult and loved Sabriel was even targeted at teenaged GIRLS and I still loved it I doubt that my being double the target age of this book was what made it so hard for me to read it In fact, I find it hard to believe that a boy half my age would not be incredibly bored to death by it, or even make it as far as I did The characters are bland, the world is bland, nothing happens, there s no catch to get you interested in anything If I could give this book negative stars, I would It s just plain BLAND BLAND Check out my other reviews. Probably even like 4.5 5 starsI was not expecting to like this book as much as I did I just got it on a whim and thought this will be fun And it was fun, and hecka addicting I loved the world building and the story, but mostly I just loved getting lost in a fantasy book without a lot of complicated magic systems and things to keep track of It was so fun to just lose myself in it.It took a bit for me to get into at first but once I was in I WAS IN TOO DEEP.Definitely loved this and will be continuing on ASAP Wow I m really surprised to say that this book blew me away I only decided to pick this series up because I have the Flamecaster on my shelf and I didn t know that it was actually a follow up to the Seven Realms series I wasn t sure what to expect from The Demon King but my expectations were pretty high considering how I went into this book comparing it to the Falling Kingdoms series Although this book did have similarities to Falling Kingdoms, it s definitely its own separate story.One of the things I didn t like about The Demon King was the slow pacing It took about 200 pages until the story started to pick up And even then, some parts still went by a little slow throughout the story Things weren t exactly boring but they sure weren t too exciting either.The worldbuilding did start off a little rocky Cinda Williams Chima really seemed like she tried her best to explain the Seven Realms but it was a lot to take in and came off as a little info dumpy at times It wasn t until the last half of the book that I was able to finally have a good grasp on the world and how things worked.At first, I didn t care too much for the characters Han was boring and I felt Raisa was a bit pretentious and stubborn, but I was able to warm up to them after 200 pages in I also thought that our two main characters would ve crossed paths for most of the story but surprisingly, they ve only ran into each other once the whole entire book I m really curious to see these two working together again in the next book since I actually enjoy them as a duo And I m pretty sure this ship is canon so I m 100% shipping it.The romance, or shall I say ROMANCES, in The Demon King closely resembles that of the romance in the Falling Kingdoms series Everybody is in love with everybody Precisely But since Falling Kingdoms probably had a love octagon to say the least, The Demon King only had a love pentagon, if I m not mistaken So if you survived Falling Kingdoms, you ll surely survive The Demon King.I keep comparing this series to the Falling Kingdoms series so I m just going right ahead to say that if you love the Falling Kingdoms series, you ll definitely enjoy The Seven Realms series It starts off a bit slow but once the story picks up, you won t be able to put this book down It s an older book that came out in 2009 but I believe that it s worth a read. Oh wowoh wow oh wow oh wow CAN I CONFESS THAT THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE FANTASY OF EVER Because I am confessing This is not a drill peoples THIS BOOK IS AMAZING It has everything I want and love in an epic fantasy Seriously the whole time I was just sitting there gasping, WAS THIS BOOK WRITTEN FOR ME OMG Epic Things This Book Has That Makes My Small Heart Pleased It has a Matriarchy and a Queendom YES THAT S RIGHT FOLKS WOMEN RULE Although there still is puzzling sexism despite this, but pfft, I m willing to look past that There are wizards and magic and it all has RULES Omg, I love this I love when magic has rules because it feels real And I love the detail of the magic system I ve only read detailed magic systems in Brandon Sanderson s books so it was mega pleasing to have that here too THIEVES I REPEAT GRIFTERS CHARMERS THIEVES Two epic dual narrators who are sassy and strong and interesting and stubborn and awesome A HUGE fantasy world with tons of culture So much questions So much need of answers DID I MENTION IT s A FREAKING QUEENDOM This makes me so happy.So basically this book could do no wrong And the characters omg, the CHARACTERS I loved them all It s basically dual narrated by Raisa heir queen and Hans retired streetlord and thief They were both epic I couldn t even pick a favourite Hans was all swagger and scruff and he loved his family really fiercely and he was always in trouble and had such a smart mouth And Raisa was epically stubborn and sassy and really cared about her queendom She didn t want to be a puppet queen NOT EVER And then for secondary charactersomg where to even start Amon was Raisa s childhood friend and guard, and he was so loyal and cute and PRECIOUS LITTLE STUBBORN THING And then Hans BFF, Fire Dancer, was epic although not in the story that much and a bit of a tortured soul Basically every time a character was introduced they were interesting and dimensional I so loved this.Although SMALL WARNING It says Hans is a reformed thief on the backcover SO TAKE NOTE He doesn t actually do any thieving He s still partially embroiled in the life, but yeah Don t go in expecting multitudes of heists and cons This could ve disappointed me But it didn t because everything else was so so glorious Oh and I feel like one of the people groups of the book were influenced by Native American culture That s what I surmise anyway But I love this Because I hadn t read a fantasy book with that kind of influence yet But they had names like Fire Dancer and Hunts Alone and YEAH So that s what I was imagining when they were wearing their deerskin leggings and learning healing and stuff And they re a really POWERFUL and important people group Plus I loved how there were so many cultures and groups of people in here Like the townsfolk were your average medieval scruffbags And then the rich people were nearly Renaissance fantasy Plus add in all the wizards and the wizard and warrior schools IT JUST HAD EVERYTHING How did this book have everything and yet manage to write it all perfectly and detailed and interestingly I m in awe I tell you.HAVE I GUSHED ENOUGH YET ARE YOU CONVINCED Because there are also epic conspiracies and plot twists and so much law I mean, it probably gets a bit info dumpy But at the same time it was interesting so I didn t even care there were long conversations about the past I loved how there were swords and medieval style lifestylesBUT also that Renaissance flare And the characters have totally captured my heart So basically Go read this I don t even know what else to say except it is glorious and EVERYTHING a fantasy should be. I love this book specfically its POVs We have the village idiot and the spoiled princess Except thats just the surface There is so much to them and i think i loved how their sterotypes were used against them The village idiot with mysterious cuffs on his arm that have symbols that literally no ome getsMaybe if you knew how to use them, you could I don t know shoot flames from the palms of your hands Han was thinking he was just as likely to shoot flames from his rear endBoth have their own stories that merge a couple times but we are constantly wondering what is the connection between these extremely different characters Han use to be a streetlord that stole but tried to do better for his family He has been accused of several murders and must go on the run Dum dum duuuuum The spoiled princess who would rather be fighting She knows she is naive on the ongoings of her own kingdom but she wants to know , to do And i loved that about herRight, Raisa thought If there ever comes a day that I can t get into mischief than Mellony, I ll cut my own throatRaisa has some very strong opinions I just hated her name because for a while i thought of her as raisin She fears that the wizards are becoming too powerful and when a certain high lord begins to controls the queen s thoughts or perspectives, she decides to take action on her own But don t worry its not all epic political manuevers, personal vendattas, and powerful magic hidden within amulets Theres also a REALLY REALLY cute love interest solider guy that just wants to do his part in the world but can t control his feelings for the one he must protectAt first she thought he was grumbling because she was late, but it seemed he was practicing some sort of speech Your Highness, may I say how honored I am that you ah how pleased I am to be remembered gaaaah He shook his head in disgust and cleared his throat Your Highness, I was astounded no surprised when you spoke to me, and hope that you might consider our friendship Hanalea s bloody bones he exclaimed, smacking himself in the forehead What an idiotAnd when the two characters finally meet Han kidnaps RaisaShe paused long enough to make up a lie Applying for a job Really What kind of job What are you good at Her expression said, Cutting the hearts out of thieves and kidnappersHave i mentioned how much I love Raisa It was a mysterious world of clans, high lords, and several conflicting stories about the old powerful Demon King highly recommend This book lays a good foundation for the rest of the series, but it definitely drags at times and the story doesn t really get started until the end I love the protagonists They have a ton of room for growth My biggest complaint was the abundance of love interests, but at least it wasn t the main theme of the story Just a pet peeve of mine I plan to continue with the series and I m excited to see where it goes. Times Are Hard In The Mountain City Of Fellsmarch Reformed Thief Han Alister Will Do Almost Anything To Eke Out A Living For His Family The Only Thing Of Value He Has Is Something He Can T Sell The Thick Silver Cuffs He S Worn Since Birth They Re Clearly Magicked As He Grows, They Grow, And He S Never Been Able To Get Them OffOne Day, Han And His Clan Friend, Dancer, Confront Three Young Wizards Setting Fire To The Sacred Mountain Of Hanalea Han Takes An Amulet From Micah Bayar, Son Of The High Wizard, To Keep Him From Using It Against Them Soon Han Learns That The Amulet Has An Evil History It Once Belonged To The Demon King, The Wizard Who Nearly Destroyed The World A Millennium Ago With A Magical Piece That Powerful At Stake, Han Knows That The Bayars Will Stop At Nothing To Get It BackMeanwhile, Raisa Ana Marianna, Princess Heir Of The Fells, Has Her Own Battles To Fight She S Just Returned To Court After Three Years Of Freedom In The Mountains Riding, Hunting, And Working The Famous Clan Markets Raisa Wants To Be Than An Ornament In A Glittering Cage She Aspires To Be Like Hanalea The Legendary Warrior Queen Who Killed The Demon King And Saved The World But Her Mother Has Other Plans For HerThe Seven Realms Tremble When The Lives Of Hans And Raisa Collide, Fanning The Flames Of The Smoldering War Between Clans And Wizards Re read 2016I m bumping this one up a star LOVED IT But I m seeing a lot of mixed bad and or DNF reviews from friends, and it suddenly strikes meHmmm Well, I will admit that this is a pretty slow book in the beginning In fact, it takes quite a few chapters to get to anything that I would personally consider even remotely interesting I m thinking that, perhaps, the reason I enjoyed this so much the second time around was because I knew where everything was headed.And make NO mistake It is headed to somewhere fantastic.There s a ton of world building to get through, and maybe the POV switches aren t all that easy to stomach in this first one, but if you can ride it outTotally worth it just my opinion.Original 2012 review 3 starsIt s not exactly a fast paced read, but I enjoyed it enough to grab the second book in the series If you re a true lover of fantasy, then you will probably enjoy the descriptions of the clans and all of that stuffmuch than I did, anyway It wasn t as bad as adult fantasy tends to be, so that may be why I enjoyed the book.It read like a book that s setting up the next book, if that makes any sense.I m rambling, aren t I Yes.Ok I really liked The Demon King, and I m going to read the next one.The End. Re Read with my crew at Buddies Books Baubles starting Feb 22, 2016One of the best things about this book for me is that in YA usually the MCs meet and instantly it is all about them being together Raisa is 15 almost 16 so I really like that the author has her meeting different boys she has quite a few suitors and playing the field a little She doesn t just fall in love with the first of second man boy to show an interest in her The same goes for Han.he gets a little kissing time too with other people and when he meets Raisa he likes her but doesn t fall head over heels in love with her or anything For YA that is rare and I love that it is about the story than the romantic arc of a few characters But since I know how this series ends the slow burn of it makes everything way believable and real and I totally love that.However at the moment I m totally team Amon because rawr a little secret though.Han will steal my heart in the end but this is totally Amon s book to shine.Original Bad Review this is one of my very first May 2013We follow two separate characters of Raisa the princess and heir to the throne and Han Alister a street wise boy with a pair of magical cuffs on his wrists that he has had since infancy This installment of the seven reams series had a lot of world building to do By following the two different story lines we get an idea of how both the nobility and poor live It is a rich world full of magic, sorcery, treachery and heroes None of the characters are perfect to say the least They all are flawed Raisa is caring but headstrong and defiant normally rushing in without completely thinking things through She feels trapped by some of the traditions of her kingdom She is supposed to marry soon for the good of her country but really just wants to be free and longs for the time she was fostered by her father s clan Han grew up poor and to provide for his family has lived a less than honest life stealing and scheming but now he is trying to be honest but it hasn t been easy as his old life always tries to draw him back in Han s life forever changes when he takes a mysterious amulet off a young wizard it leads him down a path he never dreamed of taking.Once you get past the first hundred or so pages the story really starts to pick up momentum I really enjoyed how well the world was described in a show me and tell me way that leant well to the overall story It was good to see how the world was so different depending on what side you are standing on The way the characters intertwined and met up and fell apart was also interesting I loved the lore and backstory of the Queen and the Demon King There was a lot of action and all of the characters were written so well and so differently it made it so easy to either like or hate them The twists the story took made it even better and definitely unpredictable The way that the plot and sub plots of the story intertwined receded and merged was masterfully written When characters met up or passed close to one another was exciting and really built anticipation for book 2 in the series This is one of the best fantasies I ve read If you are a fan of fantasy this has a little bit of everything in it romance, intrigue, magic, tragedy and hope A definite recommend Sure it is a slower start but well worth it. Here went my night Yes, you read correctly Despite my reading slump that drove me to DNF books that I m comfortable with yesterday, despite today being my last day of vacations and as usual busy as hell, despite the objective flaws of The Demon King, I couldn t stop reading for the life of me, and closed my reader at 6am pretty exhausted.Worst is, I m fighting the urge to start The Exiled Queen right now, and I can count on the finger of one hand the number of times it happened with a YA Fantasy series I hated Red Queen I thought I would die of boredom in A Court of Thorns and Roses I didn t care one way or another about The Young Elites, and I quickly lost my interest in Shadow and Bone Don t even mention the borefest that was The Kiss of Deception I loved the Lumatere Chronicles, but we re talking about Melina Marchetta, and The Demon King sure can t compare with it one second And yet, despite my issues, I enjoyed my read like nobody s business First of all, I ended liking the main characters even though they re far from perfect or perhaps because of it See, when it comes to series that go on for 4 books, I genuinely think that flaws are needed in order to picture a believable growth, especially when we meet the characters at 16 Raisa, the somewhat selfish princess, shows the best of intentions but sometimes fails to think things through before acting, resulting in several illed thought out decisions that border on TSLT behavior She s immature, annoying, and I understand why some readers had a hard time standing her Yet despite being royalty, her issues feeling trapped and needing to take control on her life seemed pretty valid to me, and I LOVED the fact that she could kiss several guys without falling in love in a happily ever after fashion right away please, am I the only one who cringes at teenager s weddings You go girl I just cannot wait to see her grow into a character I can admire, and I have a feeling that I will.Han s past as a street lord made me roll my eyes a little, because COME ON NOW, the guy s sixteen for crying out loud That s how life rolls in the mountain city of Fellsmarch, though, so I chose to suspend my disbelief and accept it because sometimes, you just have to I genuinely liked his free and impulsive personality and if he comes as a little whiny sometimes, you have to recognize that the guy needs a break Oh, well I m not sure why, but I LOVED the guy SorryNotSorryBoth of them make mistakes, and you re likely to fight the urge to strangle them at some point, but I cared nonetheless, for better or for worst Moreover, after all this build up, the anticipation to see them interact together is killing me There, I said it As for the plot, many readers complained that nothing really happened in this book and that s true that it reads like a big introduction to the world of the Seven Realms than anything else Yet again, I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn t stop reading, so there s that Not to mention that I guessed all the twists, because if you read Fantasy before, you just cannot help Did it bother me In all honestly, no That s what I call the good kind of predictable, because every time a guess was confirmed, I was glad it was The Demon King is full of Fantasy tropes, but it stays clear of girl hate and instalove, and then I was able to enjoy the hell out of it Don t judge me However, my biggest complaint would be the way grief is handled I don t know about you, but when characters face awful events, I expect to feel something, and sadly I didn t It was Mockingjay all over again, letting me stunned and rather indifferent when I ought to despair All in all, The Demon King was a good introduction to the Seven Realms, and if I can t recommend it blindly, if you re not put off by Fantasy tropes and characters who take stupid decisions sometimes, I d say that you should go for it, because it s damn entertaining and addictive For of my reviews, please visit