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The Gray Wolf Throne (edition 2012)

by Cinda Williams Chima

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Title:The Gray Wolf Throne
Authors:Cinda Williams Chima
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Raisa is growing up and growing into her position. I really like how we see this change as the books progress. In this one, it feels like she is less a spoiled child and more aware of the difficult decisions and situations one faces in the adult world. She is learning to juggle conflicting priorities and opinions to form her own.

That said, this book felt unsettled, unfinished somewhat. It's obvious another book is coming and that always bothers me. I feel each book should be able to stand on its own, yet this one would be quite lost without the book before it and presumably, the one forthcoming.

However, this was still an enjoyable read and for those interested in this series, it will satisfy. ( )
  HunyBadger | Sep 8, 2014 |
Really loving this series...which for once did not end in a cliffhanger! Many secrets are revealed in this installment, as Han finally discovers Raisa's identity and they both must struggle with the consequences of their relationship. Raisa also learns of her mother's death and must craft a plan to hold her throne from the people who would take it from her. Fun reading! Can't wait to dig into the next one! ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Jun 12, 2014 |
First word of caution:
This is not really a YA novel...

Finally now I can wait for the final book... sigh. It was tiring..... it's like playing non-stop Skyrim through all those quest stuff.

Why Skyrim? hell, I could totally get the whole idea of Nordic rivalry... its like stormcloak vs empire vs tholmar..... haha... there's a dragon 'sesat' in the middle of the story anyway.

Okay. The book is long... honestly, the rest bellow is actually small midget part of the story... Its too confusing infact you can totally skip the rest of the summary if you want to...

*Ian Somerhalder voice over* Previously on The Exiled Queen: *insert Skyrim ost the part when Dragon usually pop up in the sky*

Princess-in-hiding Raisa, who goes under the name of Rebecca, was spending one year in the military school and have a brief tryst with former-streetlord/murderer-suddenly turn wizard, Han Alister, as his etiquette tutor (because Han thought Rebecca work as a tutor with the Bayars... yada2 long story...)

So, Micah Bayar found out Raisa was hiding under his nose all along and kidnapped her during an assassination attempt that was arranged by Lord Bayar, Micah's dad, who wanted her dead so that he can raise a 13 yo kid to be a queen and dominate the entire queendom. Ok, why Micah save her? He still smitten with Raisa and want to go against his family.

So, love-struck Han was confused with why his sworn enemy Malfoy Micah would want to kidnap his girlfriend 'kekasih gelap' (for lack of word on how complex their relationship is) and thought that the whole deal she got kidnapped was just a revenge attempt on him and so Raisa's bodyguard Amon split up with Han to trace where Micah kidnap her. Then while being kidnapped by the gang of wizard, the Bayars fell into a trap and was captured by one rival prince and his army in an enemy soil, Raisa use this as a diversion and escaped. Instead of going back to the school down south, she decided that its time to go back home for her mother. Fuh...

Okay, the book started with Raisa disguising herself as a travelling trader in a tavern and was nearly hired by two ladies who need company to pass through the border. Coincidently, the Queen of Guard aka Captain Byrne aka Amon Byrne's dad, to the rescue and it turns out the ladies isn't ladies at all and instead those two were woman shinobi/ninja. jeez.... and then while the Queen's guard escorting the princess to Demonai camp, they were ambushed; all of them died save the princess who was dragged to be kill and torture by a psychopath who Raisa had melted his eye in the first book, Demon King. Raisa escaped because of Han's advice on knifing people still in her head and she ran away with a horse but then more assassins came at her with ratio 6 to one. Han on the other hand, had follow the trail straight to the dead bodies of the queen's guard and encountered Amon's dad's dead body and did some last rites over him in respect.

Then he found someone chasing after a girl with all cloaks and daggers and he think its unfair for people to bully a person like that, he arrowed all of them in the eye (which would have made the Windrun's "arrow in the knee" joke as second rate.) So, when he wanted to help the girl, he found instead, his sweetheart dying from a poisoned arrow. Ignoring his amulet's voice (Crow) to let the girl die, he end up using his power to transfer the poison into his body until they reached Demonai camp where his foster mam slash Dancer's mom, Willo, were able to save them. Raisa survived the wound in little side effect (like confusing the senses, hot water seems ice cold. Every sensation is like putting your skin against sandpaper etc) but Han was battling through the worst after effects of the poison. Later Han wake up and profess his love to Rebecca/Raisa who accepted him gingerly... and then he found out Rebecca/Raisa is in fact the princess of his country who he hated for causing (indirectly) everything he suffered in the first book....


okay.. that was actually some several earlier chapters in the book.... the book is too long with too many stuff thats correlated to one another like a frickin Harry Potter books.... this book, is fortunately not a Harry Potter like the Exiled Queen. Instead its a love child between Game of Thrones - The Borgias - Skyrim and Earthsea anime meets Pride and Prejudice (ok, only the dancing part and some psychopath marriages part..).

Everyone is up to something. Everyone distrust one another. Wizard, nords, native Fells were *invisibly* fighting one another.. kinda like apartheid. There were people plotting. A lot of assassination attempts and many more. Its like reading through a car crash. Everyone is miserable and wanting to stab someone in the back. Wizards dying mysteriously. Forbidden romance that stretched a thousand year, and repeats. Jeez... I'm so glad this year's book is the final book of this series because I cant stand the never-ending canon of GRR Martin.

It might sound harsh when I say it was predictable but... take this, you know its going to happen anyway, the minor character gave clues!! Its like prolonging the inevitable but it still happen. Like its Queen Mariana's death... and three chapter later, too much thinking plotting and pondering... all that was within a day later)..... --> funeral. too many dots there... argh... you get that? Its like real time stuff of everything that happen. Just cut the chase will ya.

Overall... I like the series, truly. No underaged sex to jumble up and story fit seemingly. Clues are thrown while reading the book.. its fun.

But.. the politics of it was lengthy... but tolerable... I read a lot of fictional politics anyway.

Like I said, it was like watching a car crash. Its not a fairy tale. Its too stark and realist.


Final word of caution:
This is not a book for girls and young woman (insert this because I found out adults always rated badly in YA books but still read them.. jeez) who want to make a placard of Team Han and Team Amon stuff.
This is a book for those who like Fantasy genre but dislike the overbearing YA trends and can totally relate to some of the things that exist today... like Skyrim. I like you already if you play Elder Scrolls. ( )
  aoibhealfae | Sep 23, 2013 |
The third installment of Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms series send the reader first on a action-packed harrowing return to the Fells for both the story's protagonists only to send them into the dangerous atmosphere of the court surrounding The Gray Wolf Throne even while not entirely trusting one another. Picking up weeks after the end of the previous book, Raisa and Han journey separately back to their home only for their paths to intertwine with them barely alive upon entering Marisa Pines Camp. Once there Raisa reveals her true identity to Han and the fallout continues to reverberate throughout the rest of the book even as they navigate the politics of the Clans, Nobles, Wizards, and court as Raisa asserts her claim to her birthright.

Throughout the book the magical system hinted at in the previous two books is on full display, with Han and Fire Dancer each showing considerable knowledge and strength in their personal preferences but weaknesses in disliked learning about in Oden's Ford. Also throughout the book was the various politics at play that Raisa and frankly Han have to deal with after the former's armor-clad sudden reappearance. All the while both Raisa and Han must fine were they stand with one another.

The Gray Wolf Throne not only stands solidly on what the previous two novels built, but creates enough dangling plotlines to set up the finale of the series especially the last few pages in which you start questioning everything you had been expecting. Just like it's predecessors this book is great standing alone as well as part of an overall series. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jul 13, 2013 |
Raisa is fighting for her life literally as she races back to be with her mother, only to get there too late. She is conflicted with her duty to the throne and her heart, she wonders if leaving the past year was worth all the deaths. Han feels betrayed by the girl Rebekah Morley, who he finds out is actually the heir to the throne Princess Raisa. Harboring secrets of his own, he plots to have it all. Nobody ever said he wasn't ambitious. I must say that I am really intrigued by this series. I was not able to put this but down, nor did I want to. I must say Chima, you left me hanging but I will patiently await the next installment. ( )
  lilcrickit | May 9, 2013 |
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Thief-turned-wizard Han Alister joins forces with Raisa ana'Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells, to defend her right to the Gray Wolf Throne.

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