The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms Series #3)

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms Series #3)

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by Cinda Williams Chima
     
 

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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 See more details below

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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.

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In The Exiled Queen (rev. 11/10), crown princess Raisa ana'Marianna fled marriage and assassination attempts for a quiet student life-and a flirtation with former-gang-lord-turned-wizard Han Allister-at Oden's Ford. Now, with her mother's unexpected death, Raisa's life and throne depend on her swift return to the Fells, before the wizards crown her younger sister and the hostility between the Spirit Clans and flatlanders (and the threat of outside invasion) tear her country apart. But learning Raisa's true identity is a blow to Han Allister's deepening feelings-he knows bluebloods often condescend to a "quick tumble" with street folk like him for the thrill of it. Chima's tour-de-force world-building keeps readers rapt, with cutthroat action sequences running parallel to the political ones. Disappointingly, the ending (a temporary stability following Raisa's coronation) is more a tension put on hold than a catharsis, but unresolved issues galore, including connections between Han and Raisa that echo those between Queen Hanalea and the Demon King of myth, point toward what will surely be a crackerjack of a concluding volume.—Horn Book

Secrets are revealed, oaths sworn, alliances forged and hearts broken in the third volume of this epic fantasy tetralogy. The former gang leader Han Alister, recalled by the clans after a scant year of wizard training, is less interested in their political agenda than in his kidnapped friend Rebecca, resorting to a desperate magical gamble to save her life. But Rebecca is not only tough, smart and fierce; she is actually secretly Princess Raisa, heir to the queendom near political collapse and forbidden to Han by birth, duty and law. While the Seven Realms make war among themselves, every faction and class in the Fells is set against the others, and only Raisa has a chance at uniting them-at the cost of abandoning all her personal hopes and dreams. Despite the lack of overt action, the eddy and flow of complex political and personal intrigues is riveting, and Chima navigates with graceful ease through multiple viewpoints and intricately realized settings united only by a subtle current of magic. Every character is both likable and flawed, written with such clear-eyed compassion that it impossible not to sympathize with all their competing goals. Indispensible for those already committed to the series; those who aren't should go back to the beginning and start.—Kirkus

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
In Book Three of the "Seven Realms" series, Raisa is traveling undercover as she flees assassins on her way home to reconcile with her mother, Queen Marianna of the Gray Wolf throne. She narrowly escapes death travelling through the snowy mountain pass and is rescued by Han Alister, who knew her as Rebecca Morley back in school. When Han learns her true identity, he feels betrayed but continues to travel with her to the mountain lodges where they join Raisa's father and grandmother. Arriving safely after another attack on Raisa's life, they learn that Queen Marianna is dead and Raisa's sister is being groomed to claim the throne. She is being manipulated by a powerful family seeking to gain power by spreading the word that Raisa has been killed. Under the guidance of her father and grandmother, Raisa plans a triumphant return to the city where she will claim her true birthright as heir to the Gray Wolf Throne. While this fantasy may be read as a standalone book, the complicated relationships of the characters and the appearance of the spirits of former queens as gray wolves may be confusing to the reader who has not read the first two books in the series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423118251
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Series:
Seven Realms Series, #3
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
178,098
Product dimensions:
5.85(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.75(d)
Lexile:
HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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