The Demon King (Seven Realms, Book 1)
Cinda Williams Chima
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Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell. For as long as Han can remember, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They’re clearly magickedas he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.
While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them. Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil historyit once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai camp riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.
Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanaleathe legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.
The Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this stunning new page-turner from bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima.
Oden’s Ford, Han felt more and more as if he were sitting on a sandbar in a river of events, and it was rapidly washing away beneath him. Soon he’d be alone, marooned at Marisa Pines, while his friends among the clan moved on to new adventures. Unless he left Marisa Pines and went to Demonai with Bird. He’d never been to the high country camp in the western Spirits, and he didn’t know anyone who lived there except a few of the traders. Still, if he was going to be an exile anyway, he might as
secrets that you would never know. “Who are you supposed to fight?” Han asked. “I mean, it’s been years since we’ve had a war in the uplands.” Bird looked annoyed at his lack of enthusiasm. “They’re spilling enough blood down south,” she said. “Refugees have been flooding into the mountains. There’s always a chance the fighting will spread up here.” She sounded almost like she hoped it would. In the chaos following the Breaking, Arden, Tamron, and Bruinswallow had broken away from the Fells.
with this?” she demanded, shaking it in front of Raisa’s face. “Where’d you get it?” Raisa saw then that all of them wore bandannas of similar weave and color knotted around their necks. “Raggers!” she blurted. “You’re Raggers!” The girl flinched and looked up and down the alley before she replied. “Are not. Who says?” “Did Cuffs send you?” Raisa demanded, furious at being taken so easily. “Well, you can tell him for me that I don’t care how many cutthroat street ruffians he sets after me;
Puzzled, she stopped and asked a shopkeeper sweeping his steps to tell the news. “Somebody said there was a kidnapping,” she said. “Is that why the Guard’s all about?” The shopkeeper shook his head. “Don’t know nothing about a kidnapping. It’s those murders in Southbridge. The Guard is searching every tavern, inn, and warehouse in Ragmarket. Bad for business, it is. I say, if the street rats want to murder each other, let them.” He glanced about, lowering his voice. “They say it was that Cuffs
feeling left out of the ceremony itself, Han couldn’t help getting excited as the name day celebration approached. Every year at summer solstice, all the clan children who turned sixteen during the warm weather months were celebrated at a naming ceremony. It was one of the few times during the year that Marisa Pines and Demonai camps came together for dancing and flirting and matchmaking between the clan families. It was also a time for show-off cooking, so it was bound to be the feast of the