Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series continues in the third book, with the newly released The Gray Wolf Throne, in stores this week.
Hans Alister has lost everyone he ever loved when he finds Rebecca Morley, the beautiful, mysterious girl that he knew from school, dying in the Spirit Mountains where the clan leaders have committed him to becoming a wizard. He saves her at a great cost to himself only to find that she is Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the queendom of the Fells. But there are many who would see Raisa dead to further their own cause. Hans feels betrayed but he must fulfill his end of a bargain that he has made with the Demonai clan and see Raisa ascend to the throne.
This reader stayed up late to get to the end of the story with hopes of seeing the various conflicts resolved and I found myself disappointed. Hopefully this will happen in the fourth book, as I found myself frustrated by the fact that the story still seemed unfinished and I was looking forward to the end. (Originally, the series was publicized as being a trilogy. No longer so — a fourth book is now in the works.) I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it ends the way I want it to. But I will read the last one to find out! This seems to be the new way of writing, turn the story into a series. Why I am sure it is popular for some readers, it can be frustrating for others.
That said, this story will take you through a fast-paced race to the throne that will keep you up all night to find out if Raisa wins. The characters are tough and smart and have to live by their wits to stay alive in this rich and colorful tale of coming of age and fantasy. The Gray Wolf Throne is an engrossing tale of learning what it is to be loyal, making sacrifices for the greater good and that fate is not always kind.
Here is the official synopsis:
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.