The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4)Featured
Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love.
Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?
A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.
As I mentioned, I wasn’t a big fan of the first half of The Crimson Crown. It had nothing to do with the quality of the story or bad writing or poor characterization. It was just, after nearly 2000 pages where the characters did nothing but talk about doing stuff and plan action that never happened…well, I started to find it tedious. Novels about political intrigue are my favorite, but it seemed that Chima’s characters were all talk and no action. It seems like Raisa and Han were going to talk their problems away, which would be redundant and unrealistic. Thankfully, things started happening in the last 300 pages, and except for the chapter were a minor villain gave a stupid villain monologue, I really enjoyed watching the varying plot threads come together.
Well. There’s not much I can say in this review, I don’t feel like. If you’ve read the previous books, I don’t want to spoil things. If you haven’t read the previous books, I still don’t want to spoil things. Basically, the big plot for this book hinges on the fact that there are a lot of characters telling other characters conflicting stories. So signals get crossed, and then when war finally happens, they have to get their act together and work as a team. And, basically, that’s what happens.
In The Crimson Crown, characters acted consistently with who they were before. If you liked Han and Raisa and Company in The Demon King, that’s who you’ll be getting here. I still found their personalities, while very well-rounded and engaging, to rely heavily on common tropes, and my big problem is still Raisa. Beautiful young queen, loved and adored, kickass fighter, skilled tactician, unparalleled diplomat, has several love interests, etc. Not really the kind of character I usually spring for, even though I liked Raisa a lot.
So, yeah. I liked The Crimson Crown. It’s probably the best out of the whole series, since stuff actually happened toward the end. I was happy with the way everything turned out in the end, momentary cheesiness aside. I’m glad I read the Seven Realms series, and I’d be willing to read more of Cinda Williams Chima’s novels in the future.