The Demon King (Seven Realms, Book 1)


Reformed thief Han Alister will do anything to provide for his mother and sister. The only things of value that he could sell for a heavy price are the cuffs he’s worn on his wrists since he was little, but they are impossible to remove. They clearly have magic – as he grows, they grow. One day, Han and his friend confront three wizards setting fire to the mountains. Han takes the amulet from one of the wizards and learns that it once belonged to the Demon King, a wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With something this powerful, Han knows that the owners will do anything to get the amulet back. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa struggles with her freedom from an arranged marriage. The world shakes when these two stories converge into one, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Following the path of two parallel stories that converge into one will keep readers spellbound.

Content Awareness Factors:

Teen reviewer notes that there is fantasy violence and mild sexual themes. She would recommend for teens 13 and up.

Young Reader Reaction

This story is very involved! The beginning was very slow, with a lot of information and characters to take in. But, once the action picks up, this book quickly became on of my favorites. The whole time, I was intrigued by how these two stories would meet together in the end. The way it is done is brilliant! Even with all the plotting and action, there is a tiny bit of romance between the princess and one of her childhood friends that warms your heart. The only complaint, again, is that the beginning was a bit too slow. Besides this, The Demon King is an excellent addition to the young adult fantasy genre!

Type of Book:
This is the first title in the Seven Realms fantasy series for Young Adults.
Educational Themes:

As with many young adult novels with well-developed characters, there are opportunities to talk about life lessons, choices, consequences, and relationships. If you're reading aloud, there may be logical points to ask your audience for predictions.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It may be a slow start, but it becomes a page turner you can't put down. With all of the action and characters, it will be a great reference when you start reading the next book.

Title The Demon King

Seven Realms, Book 1

Author Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher Disney-Hyperion, Disney Book Group © 2010
ISBN 9781423121367
Material Hard Cover
Genres Adventure, Fantasy
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