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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Gray Wolf Throne

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3)
by Cinda Williams Chima

528 pages
Published August 30, 2011

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.


I waited for this book. Then, when it finally arrived on my doorstep, I was in the middle of reading a trilogy. Wanting to do this justice, I set it on the bookshelf to wait. I wish I hadn't. Of course, once I picked it up, I didn't want to set it back down.

The characters already had my heart from the previous two books, I'll say that right off. Han and Raisa, Dancer and Cat, had all become my friends.

I don't want to say too much about this book, because I really want you all to read it for yourselves and find things out as they happen. Just read it. If you like fantasy, or political intrigue, or adventure, you'll love this!

However, there is one thing I have to say. There are books that I read that make me think I have a shot at making it as an author--at having my books ring true with a group of readers. There are others, like this one, that are so beautiful and intricate that I feel I have no business putting pen to paper. Is that a bad thing? NO.

5/5 stars

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