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Monday, December 10, 2012

The Crimson Crown

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)The Crimson Crown
by Cinda Williams Chima

598 pages
Published October 23, 2012

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed--Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. 

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa "ana'"Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells' inner turmoil, Raisa's best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love. 

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it? 

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.

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This book almost killed me. Seriously, I was so beyond stressed out over some of the things that were happening. Normally, I would have read this book in a matter of days. Well, this one had parts where it took me DAYS to get through 50 pages. I'd just get so worked up I had to walk away or face a heart attack. (Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration.)

Now, if I'd just read the blurb first, I could have handled it better. Because I didn't know it was the last book in the series. If I'd known that, I wouldn't have worried so much, because I would've known that certain twists I was panicked about would NOT happen.

Anyway. This series is one I absolutely love. The characters are my friends, which is part of why I kinda freaked out reading this. I wanted everything to be perfect for them. They'd been through so much over the course of this series, and I didn't want them to have to put up with anything more.

If you haven't read these books yet, you absolutely MUST. And that's all I have to say about it.

5/5 stars

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