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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


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 as good as 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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Seven Realms Series , #3
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5.62(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, and the first two books in the Seven Realms series, The Demon King and The Exiled Queen. She lives in Ohio with her family.

Visit her online at www.cindachima.com

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Gray Wolf Throne (A Seven Realms Novel) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 278 reviews.
mcummings More than 1 year ago
The third volume of the Seven Realms series, it really felt like Chima finally has settled into the story of Han and Raisa. Han must finally face the moment we've all waited for - when he discovers his friend and love interest Rebecca is in fact the Princess Heir Raisa of the Queendom of the Fells. Overwhelmingly, though, this is Raisa's volume. Friction and violence increase as the people trying to keep Raisa out of the way increase their efforts. Will they succeed? Of course not. This is a fantasy series, and we all know the heroine and hero ultimately will prevail to win the day. Right? Maybe. Not everything will go to plan as Raisa returns home in this volume. The action and pace of the third volume are more consistent, giving the reader a solid return for their investment in the series. My biggest complaint, and perhaps this isn't fair since the principal character is a sixteen year old girl, is the complete inconsistency in her feelings towards the men in her life. Its difficult to tell who we should be rooting for as a love interest when Raisa herself changes gears every few pages, from mooning over Amon, to Nightwalker, to Micah and Han. If you've read the other two volumes of this series, then you deserve this volume. The first half of the book is fast paced (I read the first 300 pages in a day) and will keep you on your toes. The second half of the book slows down, right about the point we realize that we are being set up for the fourth book. Although I think this was the best volume of the series so far, I'm only going to give it four stars - my socks weren't blown off, just mildly uncurled at a few points. I would have liked more from Han, and found the one chapter from Amon's perspective both refreshing and unexpected since no other non Han/Raisa character ranked their own chapter.
thecollector0 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this third book did not disappoint. like with the other two I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best book s i have ever read can't wait intil october for the crimson crown ya 500 pgs long:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came upon this series by accident. I had seen the cover o the books and well, i judged it by the cover. I was still mourning the loss of the previous series i was reading coming to an end. This series/book really gipped me. I was enthralled by the way it just seemed to flow. I cant believe that this was as good as it is. After I read the first i couldnt stop myself from reading the second. The love problems really made it enticing, although trying to find out what genre it is was a little difficult. Its more like a reality show. Still a great book. It wasa refreshing change to have something out of the ordinary. I hope that she will continue writing these books. The third was great and left alot of questions, the perfect "cliff hanger". I am glad to have come upon a series that wasnt finished so that i may have something to look forward to. All in all, great book and series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yayy there is going to be another book the crimson crown yayyy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again wonderful book! I love the suspense with the romance between characters. I finished all 3 books within weeks and am now eagerly waiting for the 4th book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great third instalment to the series, but it was still missing that "it" factor that makes a classic. In the last two books Ms. Chima roughly balanced the amount of chapters following the main characters, but in book three the female role dominated the majority of the book. It was refreshing reading the two chapters that followed different minor characters and it gave a creative touch to end this instalment. Unfourtuantly the plot in this book was way to transparent and baisically gave away the whole plot for the last book (save the subplots and maybe the ending). The third book didn't have much action and none leaving the reader on edge about the characters future. Most writers tend to keep the deaths of important characters for the last couple of books (in this case the very last). I hope Ms. Chima is not afraid of making her readers cry and finds her inner George R. R. Martin. I have high expectations for the last novel in the seven realms series and that it will be an action packed, tearjerking, unpredictable, and masterpeice of a finale!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured all three books in this series, absolutely love them. I became so enveloped in the world of the seven realms, that I will have a difficult time adjusting to real life. The only problem is how much is left unresolved. I wish barnes and noble would make it easier to track down books within a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make a 7 realms movie!
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brian benavides More than 1 year ago
Amazing series GO HAN!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this series several times and it is still thrilling to read thank you!!!!
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Continuing in the same manner leading up to this book, this series branches in intrigue and plot development. It keeps getting better. Everyone we have come to love in this series is struggling in some way, whether fighting for their lives or fighting for love and recognition. We really do not know who to trust just as the characters themselves. It is a great story and the characters are growing and maturing as they struggle with the challenges that afflict them. (I believe that people should be aware that there is a same sex relationship though very minor and glossed over, it is still there)  I am anxiously waiting for the next one to come from the library.
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This is an amazing book. The author does a great job of developing the characters, and they feel so much more real than characters in other books. Also, the intricacy of the Seven Realms creates a memorable setting.
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This book is a good book for sixth grade book report but i can also just be for a great book tread i love this book it is going on my faverit list!