Publisher: Hyperion Books
Series: Seven Realms #1
Source: PurchasedRating: ★★★★★
One day Han Alister catches three young wizard setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battle to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father’s family. Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her—plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.
The Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this stunning page-turner from best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima.
O.M.G this is what I call high fantasy. The Demon King is brilliant!!!!! This book made me remember why I fell in love with high fantasy in the first place and why it is one of my favorite genres of all time =)
I was having trouble getting used to the names of the characters the first few pages but don't worry because it'll be explained later on (I just wish they'd explain the name earlier to avoid any confusion). And I just wanted to say this first: if you're not really a fan of high fantasy then you may feel that this book is a little bit slow in the beginning. You know, it takes time to introduce a new world (landscape, custom and culture and the history) but the story will kick in real soon so just be patient. And if you are a fan of HF then just sit back and enjoy as the world is forming before your eyes =D Oh Did I mention that this book comes with a map? In general, the world building is fantasy, the only side down is that it is indeed a slow build.
The characters, oh they are all wonderful (main characters and 2nd characters, they are all so deep). Cinda Williams Chima gave them life, character, and real personalities. I loved most of them. Those that I hated are not because they are dull or anything. It's just that as the story goes on you will hate them eventually. About the love interest, it's there but not much but you can see that there definitely will be more in the future. Now is just the beginning of a beautiful love ;)
As a conclusion, I absolutely loved The Demon King. It's one of the best high fantasy and it's climbed up to be one of my favorite reads this year. So if you are in the hunt for some adventures or want to escape to a fantasy world, well friends you've come to the right place. Besides if you're new to high fantasy then check this book out because it'll make you fall in love with fantasy.
PS: Look at the cover, such a stunning cover don't you agree? I have a box set and I really love the matching covers. Absolutely beautiful!!!!