The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms Series #4)

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms Series #4)

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by Cinda Williams Chima
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Uncertainty reigns in the Queendom of the Fells. With the wizards and the Clan at each other's throats, youthful monarch Raisa ana Marianna struggles to maintain control of the castle, much less her embattled realm. Meanwhile, new Wizard Council member Han Alister faces his own challenge, little knowing that he will soon uncover a thousand-year-old secret that could reunite the Queendom and bring him together with his fated love. A spellbinding finale; a deeply loved series.

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In this concluding volume of the series, wizard, thief, and now bodyguard Han Allister longs to marry his charge Queen Raisa, but she's committed to a political marriage to save her quarreling queendom. The "jinxflingers" hate the native Demonai clans, someone is murdering wizards in the slums (and Han is the prime suspect), and the Ardenine army hovers on the border, waiting for an excuse to invade. Only by playing the multiple schemers off one another to heal the country can Han hope to win Raisa's hand. Here the promise of previous volumes is realized: the budding love story springs to full flower and the hints captured in thousand-year-old legends are borne out, while the stakes are ratcheted up to perilous heights. Betrayal, war, and the faith of lovers all come around to a glorious conclusion as Chima weaves together her geopolitical, magical, romantic, and even mythical themes on an epic scale. anita l. burkam—Horn Book

4Q 4P J S When seventeen-year-old Raisa takes the throne, she inherits a queendom on the brink of civil war. The thousand-year hatred between Wizards and Clans is boiling over; Raisa cannot trust her mercenary army or its leaders; neighboring countries are poised to invade; and each faction demands Raisa's arranged marriage or murder (preferably both). She cannot even trust her bodyguard and lover, Han Alister, the former streetlord turned wizard, because he constantly keeps secrets from her. Is he behind the recent wizard murders and the burning of the city? Meanwhile, Han does his best to keep Raisa and her kingdom in one piece, but powerful enemies attack him from every side, physically and politically. In the midst of everything, he discovers that the land's thousand-year-old feud is based on betrayal and lies. Is there any hope for the queendom, or Han and Raisa's love? Chima has built a complex world filled with equally complex characters, living out an expertly structured and balanced plot in which everything that can go wrong does. Lovers of the series will dive in headlong to learn the fate of the people and lands they love, eating up the devious political machinations, the wizard magic, and bloody battles and will tear through the pages to see if true love wins. Newcomers, though, will be hopelessly lost, so only purchase where the series is popular. This fourth book in the Seven Realms series is recommended for lovers of political and action-laden fantasy, though scenes of violence and torture make it more appropriate for high school.-Melissa Moore. Set in an incredibly written fantasy world full of political turmoil, The Crimson Crown's gripping action scenes, coupled with forbidden romance, will immediately pull readers into Han and Raisa's captivating story. This stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series takes readers on a fantastic ride through a country on the brink of both civil and international war, but whose people possess the most important emotion of all-hope. 5Q, 5P.-Camille Birch, Teen Reviewer.—VOYA

Torture and treasure, treason and trust, and the triumph of true love: All come to fruition in the stirring conclusion to this epic fantasy series. Raisa ana'Marianna has claimed the Gray Wolf throne, but her grip is tenuous: Every faction-clans, wizards, army, flatlanders-both within and without the Fells hates all the others, and each pushes Raisa to accept its preferred candidate for consort. Meanwhile, Han Alister has taken his seat on the Wizard Council at the queen's command, but every other member secretly wants to use him or kill him. Furthermore, there are the mysterious murders of wizards, marked with Han's old streetlord sign; all this disarray signals a weakness that encourages invading armies from the South. Together, Han and Raisa seek the long-lost Armory of the Gifted Kings as the only way to avoid re-enacting a 1,000-year-old tragedy; but to wield such a weapon may well trigger an even greater catastrophe. Chima manages to resolve this impossibly tangled skein of politics, intrigue, history, prejudice and passion with style and grace. Grim scenes of shocking violence alternate with moments of tenderness and humor, and the high body count is balanced by the almost fairy-tale romantic conclusion. While some of the depth and complexities of the supporting characters-along with the nuanced subtleties of their conflicting worldviews-are sacrificed to help demonize (or valorize) their respective positions, nothing can overshadow the cathartic satisfaction for those caught up in this sweeping saga. Simply brilliant.—Kirkus

VOYA - Melissa Moore
When seventeen-year-old Raisa takes the throne, she inherits a queendom on the brink of civil war. The thousand-year hatred between Wizards and Clans is boiling over; Raisa cannot trust her mercenary army or its leaders; neighboring countries are poised to invade; and each faction demands Raisa's arranged marriage or murder (preferably both). She cannot even trust her bodyguard and lover, Han Alister, the former streetlord turned wizard, because he constantly keeps secrets from her. Is he behind the recent wizard murders and the burning of the city? Meanwhile, Han does his best to keep Raisa and her kingdom in one piece, but powerful enemies attack him from every side, physically and politically. In the midst of everything, he discovers that the land's thousand-year-old feud is based on betrayal and lies. Is there any hope for the queendom, or Han and Raisa's love? Chima has built a complex world filled with equally complex characters, living out an expertly structured and balanced plot in which everything that can go wrong does. Lovers of the series will dive in headlong to learn the fate of the people and lands they love, eating up the devious political machinations, the wizard magic, and bloody battles and will tear through the pages to see if true love wins. Newcomers, though, will be hopelessly lost, so only purchase where the series is popular. This fourth book in the Seven Realms series is recommended for lovers of political and action-laden fantasy, though scenes of violence and torture make it more appropriate for high school. Reviewer: Melissa Moore
VOYA - Camille Birch
Set in an incredibly written fantasy world full of political turmoil, The Crimson Crown's gripping action scenes, coupled with forbidden romance, will immediately pull readers into Han and Raisa's captivating story. This stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series takes readers on a fantastic ride through a country on the brink of both civil and international war, but whose people possess the most important emotion of all—hope. Reviewer: Camille Birch, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews
Torture and treasure, treason and trust, and the triumph of true love: All come to fruition in the stirring conclusion to this epic fantasy series. Raisa ana'Marianna has claimed the Gray Wolf throne, but her grip is tenuous: Every faction--clans, wizards, army, flatlanders--both within and without the Fells hates all the others, and each pushes Raisa to accept its preferred candidate for consort. Meanwhile, Han Alister has taken his seat on the Wizard Council at the queen's command, but every other member secretly wants to use him or kill him. Furthermore, there are the mysterious murders of wizards, marked with Han's old streetlord sign; all this disarray signals a weakness that encourages invading armies from the South. Together, Han and Raisa seek the long-lost Armory of the Gifted Kings as the only way to avoid re-enacting a 1,000-year-old tragedy; but to wield such a weapon may well trigger an even greater catastrophe. Chima manages to resolve this impossibly tangled skein of politics, intrigue, history, prejudice and passion with style and grace. Grim scenes of shocking violence alternate with moments of tenderness and humor, and the high body count is balanced by the almost fairy-tale–romantic conclusion. While some of the depth and complexities of the supporting characters--along with the nuanced subtleties of their conflicting worldviews--are sacrificed to help demonize (or valorize) their respective positions, nothing can overshadow the cathartic satisfaction for those caught up in this sweeping saga. Simply brilliant. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423144335
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Series:
Seven Realms Series, #4
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
243,857
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.74(d)
Lexile:
HL710L (what's this?)
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 Seven Realms series, including The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, and The Gray Wolf Throne. She lives in Ohio with her family.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well finished book. The series was amazing and im glad it ended the way it did. If you have been following this series from the beginning and are one of those people who can read a book without blazing action on every page. You actually appreciate the substance of the book. Then you will absolutely love this book. I read it within the first 24 hours i got it i couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending was perfect. I loved how all the side characters had clear personalities and were consistently driven by motives that made sense. This character development made the political situation fascinating. This series was exceptional. I would recomend to anyone. Yes I also read it in a day... could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only problem I had with the book was that it didn't fully resolve the Clan - Wizard conflict. The events leading up to the end showed some hope for the two factions (not too much quarreling), but the author didn't really give a definitive answer. I REEEEEEAAAAALY HOPE SHE'LL WRITE ANOTHER SERIES FOR THIS! PLEEEEEEAAAAAAASE, Ms. Chima. PLEEEEEEAAAAAAASE!
Queen69 More than 1 year ago
It's always sad when endings come. With this ending it still left me with unanswered questions. Don't get me wrong this was an awesome book, just wish it wasn't the end. Has the happily ever after ending, or does it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book! It could straight to the action and there were no long boring section that don't move the story along. All major questions are answered and it has a really good ending. I really hope there is a 5th book! The story is not over for Raisa or Hans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finnished this book the day after I got it. It was amazing!!! I can't WAIT for the next book! (Which I'm sure will be written, becuse it can't possibly end like that.) I thought that this series has only gotten better with each new book, and I can't wait to see where the series will go from here!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cinda williams chima is a genious. The whole story is amazing and it is so easy to relate to the characters! I highly reccomend this book and if you do enjoy it i also reccomend the heir series there unbelievable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does it have to end!!!!!!??????? I wished there was another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series but the ending didnt seem quite satisfying enough. Epic end I expected didnt really come. High anticiation and bit of a let down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read all of Chima's books and they are all great. Personally I preferred the Heir series over this one but I still loved these books...up until this one. The book was great, but then it just ended. The character development was amazing and had so much potential, but it was all ignored. When I finished the book I was sure if it was the final installment or not. Most of the major conflicts are still unresolved. I think there could easly be another be another book to finish of the series. In conclusion, I would say read the series, just don't expect anything great out of the ending
Arctic_Kiwi More than 1 year ago
An accelerated race to a stunningly deflated conclusion. As a completely honest review, I'll try to keep my enjoyment of the series as a whole from clouding my view of this particular book. I've read the entire series over to refresh myself when this was released. It was a pleasant read, though at times a tad bit heavy on irrelevant staging. I found myself skimming past five paragraphs before there were two sentences of dialogue. There is fluffed content that I feel should have been cut out in editing for the sake of brevity and repetition. The book does a good job of seamlessly referring back to the previous books to instate a sort of "aha!" moment when new things are discovered. I was sorry to see that this book fell a bit short by being overly predictable, though. The parts that I felt were surprising seemed to me like cop-outs. Those sort of perfectly coincidental plot events that incite a sort of "that explains everything" mindset. I would have almost preferred if the author had left some questions to be pondered by the individual reader. The ending came off as flat in my mind. It was so hyped up and then it just ended in a matter of four pages. I was highly disappointed in the abruptness of it and it concerned me that all of the great character development was kind of ignored. There were a lot of names that disappear for quite a while then come back in the end, but only in a passive mentioning. It was like all of the inevitable conflict and strife would just be thrown to the side for the sake of an ending. This book could have had a third of it cut out and another book written to polish off those blunt edges. The author clearly demonstrates her adept ability to write a soft romance novel, but I feel may need more practice in inciting that truly gritty, on-the-edge-of-your-seat feeling that open battle and conflict can incite in a reader. I often times felt too much like an observer rather than being immersed into her world. This is a genuinely good novel if you can overlook a few key things. As an ending to a series, it does a good job in doing just that. Ending it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a-hole! Han is one of the collest charicters EVER! To end it on Algers conversation is TTIURTUROUS WORTHY OF GOAL! (Forgive my spelling)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series. Never a dull momemt. The way it is written just brings it to life. Loved the characters. I am not one to write a long review so dont take that as negative this book series is a hundred awesoms plus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing writing, beautiful story that kept me at the edge of my seat the entire book. I was terribly depressed when I realized it was over. One of the best series I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was wrapped up perfectly. I'm going to miss these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing series. I love that so many of the characters have a decent story and background, and that the politics of the seven realms are so thought out. And it mixes action, romance, and politics well. Han and Raisa have an interesting relationship that changes realistically, and I appreciated that neither of them completely rely on the other. Han is smart and can handle himself, and Raisa is a strong-willed, smart person on her own. Some people are complaining of the anticlamactic ending, but I found it realistic and preferable to a rushing, get it over with kind of ending. The different conflicts were solved at different points. Definitely read this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AWESOME! The crimson crown is tied with catching firefor my favorite book of all time! GO HAN ALISTER YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!! YOU TO RAISA KEEP UP THE GIRL POWER!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This whole series is highly entertaining and very entrancing. I have to say it is definitly worth reading. Raisa and Han are both compelling characters, they both hold true to themselves. This is a great story of love and triumph, I couldnt stop reading once i started, i just had to know what was going to happen next. This whole series is well worth the money. I'm happy that I gave it chance. Five stars. Go Alister! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just finished this book. have been an avid fan since the demon king. i loved it a lot. it was invigorating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series from the beginning. I only got to get the sample because ive got a tight budget and im torn between books. If you love fantasy then you will love this book.sadly there are no elves involved but i still love the books and the author is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exciting end to the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fantasy read about wizards, queens, kingdoms. Interesting plot and love triangle that follows the buildup from the preceding books. Writing is a little complex due to old English style/word choices, but not enough to deter. I did find myself using looking words up frequently on my iPad while reading...and I am an educated adult! I was sad when the series ended. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing addition to a great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in a series - I had to get it to find out what happens! It did not disappoint.