Title: The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4)
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release date: October 23rd 2012
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You can read my review of The Demon King - here, The Exiled Queen - here & The Gray Wolf Throne - here
A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.
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.
The Crimson Crown is the fourth and final book of the Seven Realms series and as usual in this series (at least for me), I liked this book more than its predecessor. I really loved it!. I highly recommended it for those who like to read YA epic fantasy.
Queen Raisa is constantly struggling to keep her Queendom she has many opponents, in addition to several enemies who want her dead and she´s only 17 years old and she´s responsible to try and unite her people and see for the sake of it, within which she must marry with someone suitable for her Queendom and not necessarily for love as she wishes.
Meanwhile Han Alister is already part of council of wizards, as part of his plan so he can help Queen Raisa. But as he had become accustomed to being always alone and he keeps many secrets from Raisa, which could endanger him, since he may be seen as a villain in the eyes of his allies.
Throughout the series Alger Waterlow had been mentioned repeatedly, he´s better known as the Demon King, a character that 1000 years ago kidnapped Queen Hanalea with the intention of marrying her and gain power, as a result he almost destroyed the world, or at least that's what the history says, but in this book it was finally revealed what really happened, who was the one who betrayed him and how all of this changed the laws that governs the wizards.
The Crimson Crown is an emotional roller coaster, where there is betrayal, friendship, forbidden love, romance, lots of action, mysteries and unexpected twists and turns. It is an excellent conclusion to this wonderful series. I highly recommended this series.