I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 01/07/18
My 40th book this year)
Hans Alister used to be a street lord known as Cuffs. He got his name due to the metal cuffs that have been attached to his wrists since he can remember, but they seem to be magical as they keep growing as he grows and no amount of force or coaxing can damage or remove them.
Hans is also known as Hunts Alone to his fellow clan members. With his friends he gets up to all sorts of mischief. Accidentally confronting a well known wizard family member, they argue and get aggressive. When the underage wizard tries to cast a spell on their group, they manage to get hold of the magical amulet and end the drama. Only the amulet they have gotten hold of is an immensely important artefact dating back to the legends of the past. The wizards want it back and life seems to get even more dangerous for Hans, life threatening.
Hans finds himself on the run from all sorts of trouble. He fears for the safety of his sister and mother, so to protect them he escapes back to the clan camp. It is here that he finds out his whole life has been a massive lie. Everyone important to him has kept this secret since his birth and now he must face reality and try to keep the wizards and clans from war.
This book was refreshingly full of adventure and excitement. Hans with his multiple roles in life, ex street lord, son, brother, clans man and one more special role that is revealed at the end of the book..
I adored the passion in Princess Raisa’s character. Not wanting to be just a pawn, she is feisty and has many ideas of her own as to how she wants to treat her people when she will be one day Queened.
I absolutely despise the magical Bayars. Trying to control the royal family, to bring power back to the wizards and to break the peace treaty made so many years ago.
I loved the image set out for clan life. How everyone works a big family, everyone contributing in whatever way they know how. Utilising each persons skills. They have healers, blacksmiths, warriors and much more. I enjoyed the escape through the forests, the dark time in the street alleys, the confinement in the royal palace. I loved unveiling the secrets and uncovering different elements of this realm. A job well done to Cinda Williams Chima. What a great start to the “Seven Realms” series. I am very much looking forward to reading more of this series. Highly recommended read for fantasy lovers.
Written by Ling Lee (01/07/18).