The Gray Wolf Throne (A Seven Realms Novel) by Cinda Williams Chima
Raisa, the would-be queen of the Fells is having a hard time getting home. Of course anyone could see how the constant assault of assassins would pose such difficultly. But Raisa is determined to ensure her place in the succession of the throne. Yet there are still quite a few factions that would love nothing better than to seat a more malleable queen in power and they’re coming pretty bloody close to achieving that goal.
Their greatest obstacle is Han Alister. Despite his feelings of betrayal over Raisa’s assumed identity, Han has managed to repeatedly save Raisa’s life. Alister is doing more than playing the white knight, he’s shaking things up at court applying his streetlord savvy to the high stakes games of royal politics.
Raisa is assembling a group of trusty advisers while Han is putting together a new crew. Both have different objectives. In the end will their desires heal the world or end up shattering it all over again.
The Gray Wolf Throne was a real joy to read. Raisa’s and Han’s separate journeys finally converge in romantic and spectacular fashion. You really get to see the glimpses of greatness Raisa showed in the previous books as a future ruler come to life. We also had a reality check in the problems facing the neglected kingdom. Everything seemed to be broken from the out of work peasants to the prejudices between wizards, valefolk, and the clans. Trouble’s not just brewing within the Fells but outside them as well and it’s only a matter of time before the fight ends up on Raisa’s doorstep. We also get to see Han use his extensive knowledge base. Han’s magical training serves him well in flashy displays, and physical attacks. He uses his etiquette lessons to navigate the nobility and play his wizard role. Alister’s employs his street wise education to maneuver through politics and become a real player at court. All these things add up to an absolutely wonderful read. Cinda Williams Chima doesn’t disappoint.
Full of action and intrigue The Gray Wolf Throne is like the Tudors and Game of Thrones for the younger fantasy fan sect.
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