Book Review

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Publication Date: October 6th, 2009

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: The Seven Realms Series, Book One

Format: Kindle eBook

Pages: 524 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon

Rating: 5 sm

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.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and cannot wait to pick up the second book in the series (even though it’ll be a few months cause I’m broke D:). The Demon King follows two young characters perspectives, the first of which is an ex-streetlord by the name of Han Alister; the second of which is Raisa ana’Marianna, the princess heir of the Queendom. I loved both of these characters very much and I thought the dual perspective really added something to the book. You got to see a lot more of the world and how this world operates while with Han, and how it really differs from how Raisa thinks it operates. You also got to see more of the royalty and how corrupt it is while with Raisa.

The first half or so of this book is very slow, and I think a big part of that is due to the fact that this is the first book in a high fantasy series and there is a lot of character and world building to get through. I know some people may not find this as enjoyable, but I thought it was amazing. Chima has created this amazing fantasy world with an interesting plot and an interesting back story and I’m so glad that there is a lot of world building in this book.

The plot of this book was insane, and in a good way. It wasn’t predictable; I did not see most of the twists and turns coming and I’m incredibly grateful for that. Each of the characters were very well developed, they had unique personalities, and it made the book that much more enjoyable. I thought how the two very different characters come into contact with each other was very interesting and I can’t wait till they cross paths again. They are definitely an interesting duo when together, and I’m excited to see more of it.

I would definitely recommend you pick this up if you’re into young adult high fantasy. It has an amazing world, topped off with an amazing plot and characters. It was just a really fun story all around.

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