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Raisa and Han in The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Review by Sara Goodwin, April 25, 2016

Raisa is a young princess who will become the next Queen, and Han is a street orphan with a heart of gold. I don’t want to spoiler the book too hard, but Raisa is unwilling to sacrifice the good of her Queendom for her personal happiness, and Han isn’t willing to be anything but the best he can reach for and be. They are two of the most determined young protagonists in a YA series that I have ever met, and I love that through it all, they manage to retain their senses. Raisa isn’t messing around with the future of her people, and Han isn’t going to just stand there and pine away for her. Any “triangles” are due to potential political arrangements and are never used just for the sake of complication. If you like complex characters who think, act, and love, and if you enjoy YA fantasy with strong female leads, this series might be for you!

VOYA Review -The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

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...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.

Emily's Reading Room - The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima: Review
October 23, 2012

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I'm a huge fan of this series. I can say without hesitation that this is my favorite series after Harry Potter. I hate to talk it up too much, since I don't want to set unrealistic expectations. But, if you enjoy fantasy at all, then this series is an absolute must read. I know that I will re-read it again and again. Every time I read it I fall in love with the characters again. Even though I know what's going to happen I still feel anxiety as I read each page. That's the masterpiece that Cinda Williams Chima has created... I couldn't have imagined a more perfect ending to a series that I love. There is passion, intrigue, and loyal friendships. Han is pushed to the limit, and so is Raisa. And just when everything seems like it's going to burst from the anticipation, well, you'll have to read it to find out.

Reading Teen - The Seven Realms Series Featuring The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
October 23, 2012

If you are a fan of high fantasy, you will not find a more well-written, emotional, intense, phenomenal series than this one. This is, hands down, my favorite high-fantasy series ever, and quite possibly my favorite Young Adult series ever. Each book is better than the last, and when you finish reading, all you want to do is pick it back up, and read it all over again… My words will not do this series justice! First of all, the world-building is just a cut above anything else I've read. Every time I start reading one of these books, I'm completely immersed in this world. It exists. I feel utterly attached to every character and every location. Ragmarket is real! I can envision riding horses in the Fells, or sitting around a fire on Spirit Mountain. This place is a part of me now, and so is every character. I love Raisa and Han like they are real people… This book, this finale, this masterpiece, was everything that I could have hoped for, and so much more. Just when I think there is no way that Chima can top herself again, she comes at me with this book.

The Novel Novice - Book Review - The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
October 10, 2012

An action-packed conclusion to a winning fantasy series: readers, prepare yourselves for The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima.

Book 4 in the Seven Realms, The Crimson Crown offers a stunning finale to Chima’s best-selling fantasy series… Plunging into the action from the very first words, you’ll be swept along in this final installment that is exhilarating to read - but will leave you sad to come to the story’s end… Rich and satisfying, The Crimson Crown blends a fantasy of wizardry and foreign lands and peoples that the reader can relate to in our own world. The struggles of regions to get along and not war against one another. The acceptance of race and ethnicity.

* Kirkus Reviews - The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
September 1, 2012

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… 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.