February 22, 2011
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
by Cinda Williams Chima
Han has forsworn life as a gang leader, giving up stealing and hustling for an honest income that won’t bring danger to his mother or sister. Yet earning a living as an honest man seems impossible when everyone believes you are still street lord of one of the most powerful gangs in the city. Not to mention the trouble that he stirs up when he takes an amulet from a young wizard who has threatened to jinx him.
Princess Raisa knows that there is more to live than what she sees within the palace walls. How can she possibly rule when everyone knows more about life beyond the castle than she does? Raisa wants to see the world beyond the Queendom and begins sneaking off to the temple to see what life is like for those less fortunate than herself.
It is at the temple that two worlds collide.
I can’t say much more about the actual plot of this book without revealing far too much.
I have read a number of Chima’s books and this is my favorite thus far although I enjoyed them all. The world she has created is rich and complex. Her characters are complex and wonderfully believable.
One of the things that will be most appealing, and also frustrating, for young readers is that the young characters, including the princess and Han, seem to have so few choices open to them. What should they be? What future should they choose? Han isn’t sure, but it seems that each and every thing he might choose is denied him. Raisa has even fewer choices facing the possibility of an arranged marriage much earlier than she realized was possible.
Fantasy lovers, both boys and girls, will find something to pull them into this richly woven story of destiny, treachery and loyalty. If you haven’t sampled much young fiction yourself, try this story out. You won’t be disappointed.