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The Enchanter Heir

They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre – the brutal attack on a once thriving Weir community.  Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed:  like the other survivors, Jonah has unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds.  At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a network that hunts the undead.
Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, an unschooled wild child raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic.  Her life changes forever the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger.  The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life – and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.
Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune?  Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists?  The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead.  They blame Nightshade, bringing tensions between the groups to a head.
Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid increasing concern that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

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The Gray Wolf Throne

I just finished The Gray Wolf Throne. Basically it goes like this: Han Alister, the main character, is a gang-leader-turned-wizard. He hates the queen and other nobles, because they are in part responsible for the death of his mother and sister. But when he finds out he is a wizard, he makes an agreement with the clans to serve the Gray Wolf Line and the queedom of the Fells in exchange for the sponsoring of his education at Mystewerk House, the wizard academy at Oden’s Ford.

Then there’s the other main character, Raisa ana’ Marianna, princess heir of the Fells. Despite being a princess and the heir to the throne, she doesn’t lead a cushioned life. Some people are out to kill her because they want to claim the queendom of the Fells as their own. She has already run away from a forced marriage, which displays headstrong character. The people who want her dead would rather see her sister Mellony on the throne, someone who has always been in the comfort of court and is easily influenced by others in power.

Han and Raisa eventually meet at Oden’s Ford, where the latter is assuming the pretense of a cadet at Wien House, the military academy. When Raisa goes home to assume the throne, she takes Han on as one of her body guards. She needs people she can trust to watch her back.

First of all, Cinda Williams Chima is one of my favorite authors. Her descriptions make for amazing visual imagery. Secondly, I admire Raisa’s smarts and strength. She’s not a push-over who can be easily swayed by good looking guys. But, honestly, this book’s pace was a bit slow for me. Chima usually balances action and adventure with fantasy politics well, but I felt this book had more politics than the others. But I still liked it. Go give the Seven Realms Series a read.

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The Gray Wolf Throne is the third and last book in the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. She also wrote the Heir Chronicles. She doesn’t disappoint. The other books were epic. Stay tuned for the review.