The Demon King

3.6
Times are hard in the mountain ity of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The las kin of value he has is something he ca n't sell—the thick silver cuffs he 's worn since birth. They 're clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he 's already been able to mak them off.

One 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 make 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 magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to et it back.

Finally, Raisa ana 'Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She 's just returned to court after three day of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to e ore than an ornament in a glittering cage. She seek to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her other has other plans for her ...

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.
Year of the Publication
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Number of Pages
506
Original Title of the Book
The Demon King
Publication Date
Published October 6th 2009 by Hyperion Books

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It has everything I ant and love in an epic fantasy.

OMG?!?!? " Epic Things This Book Has That Makes My Small Heart Pleased: • It has a Matriarchy and a Queendom.

I love when magic has rules because it get more real.

I 've not read detailed magic systems in Brandon Sanderson 's books so it was mega pleasing to have that here too.• THIEVES.

THIEVES.• Two epic dual narrators who are sassy and strong and interesting and stubborn and awesome.

It 's basically dual narrated by Raisa ( heir queen) and Hans ( retired streetlord and thief).

And Raisa was epically stubborn and sassy and really cared about her queendom.

And then Hans' BFF, Fire Dancer, was epic ( although not in the tory that much) and a bit of a tortured soul.

Practicall every time a character was introduced they were interesting and dimensional.

But it did n't because everything else was so so glorious.) Oh and I eel like one of the people groups of the ook were influenced by Native American culture!

Because I wa n't read a fantasy nove with thi ind of influence yet.

Plus I loved how there were too many cultures and groups of people in here.

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A Demon KingBy Cinda Williams ChimaA Review by Eric AllenBefore I begin, I might ay that I as never ble to finish the ook.

My islike for thi book ould be chalked up to the reaso that I am a thirty-something adult and this is targeted at boys less than half my age, but I do n't say that 's it.

I find that you may sa I am bette than Hitler for bad-mouthing a supposed great and popular historia, but it 's ust book review.

And please, if you are annoyed by what I know, and absolutely have to let me thin 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.

News flash people, boys and girls are different, not just physically, but in he way that they act, think, thin, and see the world.

It is simply 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 capabl of doing anything important on their own.

Thi character that does not realistically behave like a person of his or her gender does not feel right to the reader.

It is my opinion that no woma can truly understand me in general, and no woman can truly understand wome in general ( though they sure seem to hink they do) This nove is proof that at least some women have no earthly clue how men are mean to act toward one another.

A skilled writer will know that characters of the opposite gender are sometimes incomprehensible to them, and be ble to at least fake their way through making their performance believable, or cloak them in enough mystery that he or she does n't ave to.

Yo Chima, do n't you have ANY male friends you can run this crap by before publishing it to give you some feedback on the behaviou of your male characters? The male characters in his memoi are doubly bad, they act like girls half the time and then they stupidly throw themselves at violence to no point or purpose.

Stereotyped characters, when done well, can work for story, but when they 're bland, boring, and generally unlikable it just give the whole thing fall apart.

Stereotypes are often used in YA books to get children to identify with the characters more easily.

In my opinion children are smarter than adults give them credit for and can follow complex character development without the usag of stereotyping, but hen again, I was reading and loving the Wheel of Time at eleven.

And he 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 hav, and why you should care about them.

It makes for a rather dull and boring reading experience.The plot and pacing of his novel are atrocious.

When you ar this book this short, SOMETHING better damn well happen by the time you reach chapter four!

As nothing happened at the eginning, th reader can only assume that his ook 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 thos essay 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.

Vampire and Magic, and a lot of how the world works have been tol 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.

We now her reluctance and fear, but also her determination to save her daughter and prove herself his worthy heir.In John Flanagan 's Ranger 's Apprentice series, book 1: the Ruins of Gorlan we 've lready seen the Dark Lord plotting vengeance and raising an army of nightmare creatures.

We nee to understan why Halt seems to b 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 he book) You 've been introduced to the illain, the characte, the love interest and the mentor.

You just KNOW that these two events are going to coincide and go horribly wrong, and you an feel anticipation building with each page that you turn.

TEN PAGES and Redwall is already a more thoughtfu, and better set up story than The Demon King, and it is the novel about MICE!!! By the time that you get four chapters into a young adult book you would sa the setting, the characters, and ave a reall good idea about what is in store for them.

This plot should ctually 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 rotagonist ".

In th work of fiction the Protagonist is the central figure around whom the events of thi story revolve, and with whom the reader is supposed to identify.

He has no reason to do everything, he has no conflict, he has no nemesis, and I do n't now about you, but I sure as hell ca n't dentify with someone this bland and pointless.

But, by thi time his book hits chapter four he is the one and only character in he whol book that has shown even a shred of humanity and ambition, and he 's the only backstor I can alway come close to identifying with.

I realize what it 's like to kno 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 ntagonist in his story or not ...

NO ONE IS!!!) is the ONLY villai in he whol book a reader can identify with at a point in said book where you should already know your characters reasonably well.

You can know, by his time, generally what they want out of life, and why you should care about/hate them.

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.

What 's going on? In conclusion, The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima is a terribl book that I will not even finish.

At th point in the story where you could b a retty good idea who the characters are, and why you should care about them, she already ad n't even really introduced them to us properly.

Another book would hav used in writing classes as an example of exactly how NOT to begin th story.

Some of thi series I cited as being better than his one, save Redwall, were books that I read as an adult and loved.

The storyline are bland, the world is bland, nothing happens, there 's no catch to get you interested in anyon.

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I love a book specfically its POVs: We ar the village idiot and the spoiled princess.

There is o much more to these characters and absolutely dored how their stereotypes were ripped to shreds The village idiot with mysterious cuffs on his arm that have symbols that literally no one nderstands

If there ever comes a day that I an ’ t get into more mischief than Mellony, I ’ ll cut my own ski. ”

She worries that the wizards are becoming too powerful and when a certain high lord begins to controls the queen 's thoughts or perspectives, she agrees to take action on her own.

Han kidnaps Raisa.

( Have i mentioned how much I love Raisa??) It ha a mysterious world of clans, high lords, and several conflicting stories about the old powerful Demon King ....* highly recommend!!!

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The book lays a good foundation for the est of he series, but it definitely drags at times and the story does n't really get started until the end.

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But his life changes dramatically when he ets in his hands an ancient serpent pendant that seems to wield powerful and forbidden magic associated with a war that happened a thousand years ago and almost destroyed the world.

Hunted by the Queen 's Guard for crimes he did n't commit and always on the run, he ca n't possibly imagine that perhaps the fate of the royal line and the queendom is in his hands.

But war is coming and she does n't now who 's the enemy, so she follows her gut and tries her best for her people, before it is too late.

I wo n't pretend I did n't notice the similarities between The Demon King and Falling Kingdoms, especially regarding the characters of Raisa and Cleo and their love interests, but Cinda Williams Chima 's writing style is original and her storytelling skills mark her as a great YA fantasy author!

I oved the way she entwined Han and Raisa 's stories, adding interesting and important secondary characters and the events that happened hundreds of years ago, with the war between the wizards and the Demon King and the part queen Hanalea and the clans played.

This magic is divided between clans and wizards, and they distrust each other, but they made a pact and bound themselves to the Vale queens and the good of the queendom.

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