The Demon King is the first of four books in The Seven Realms Series. It is now available in stores.
The Demon King
When 16-year-old Han Alister and his Clan
friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards setting fire
to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that this
event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten
everything he cares about.
Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar,
to prevent him from using it against them. Only later does
he learn that it has an evil history—it once belonged
to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world
a millennium ago. And the Bayars will stop at nothing to get
Han’s life is complicated enough. He’s the former
streetlord of the Raggers—a street gang in the city
of Fellsmarch. His street name, Cuffs, comes from the mysterious
silver bracelets he’s worn all his life—cuffs
that are impossible to take off.
Now Han’s working odd jobs, helping to support his family,
and doing his best to leave his old life behind. Events conspire
against him, however. When members of a rival gang start dying,
Han naturally gets the blame.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles
to fight. As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s
just spent three years of relative freedom with her father’s
family at Demonai Camp—riding, hunting, and working
the famous Clan markets. Now court life in Fellsmarch pinches
like a pair of too-small shoes.
Wars are raging to the south, and threaten to spread into
the high country. After a long period of quiet, the power
of the Wizard Council is once again growing. The people of
the Fells are starving and close to rebellion. Now more than
ever, there’s a need for a strong queen.
But Raisa’s mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted
by the handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells. Raisa
feels like a cage is closing around her—and an arranged
marriage and eroded inheritance is the least of it.
Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage.
She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior
queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. With
the help of her friend, the cadet Amon Byrne, she navigates
the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she can unravel the
conspiracy coalescing around her before it’s too late.