The Gray Wolf Throne

By Cinda Williams Chima [LibraryThingGoodreads]

After a perilous journey back to her homeland, Princess Raisa of the Fells must reclaim the throne that is hers by birthright. But her political opponents want her dead and her more malleable younger sister on the throne, and the Clans are ready to go to war to prevent that from happening. Raisa must figure out a way to live long enough to be crowned, quell civil war, and protect her queendom from the war that is raging just outside her borders.

Meanwhile, ex-thief-turned-wizard Hanson Allister has just learned that the girl he knew – and loved – as Rebecca is the princess he is sworn to protect…and the daughter of the queen he blames for the death of his family. It’s his job to keep her alive, but he’s no longer sure he even wants to.

Every single time I review a book by Chima I find myself saying “It was good but super long, dense, and slow.” Today, I am breaking the pattern. It was long. It was dense. But it was not the least bit slow. All eight billion pages of this book are packed with action, from Raisa’s bloody escape into the Fells to the end. I was on the edge of my seat to the very last page, biting my nails, waiting for disaster to strike.

Because this is the third book in a very complicated series, there’s not much I can say about it besides “It’s so good.” But seriously, it’s so good. The pace is thrilling, Raisa is a wonderful heroine – seriously badass and clearly a good future queen while also a relatable teenager – and the romance between Raisa and Han hooked me harder than any young adult novel since I was actually a young adult.

My biggest problem? This was an ARC (advance reader’s copy), so now I have to wait until Fall 2012 for the last book in the series. In the meantime, The Gray Wolf Throne gets five cupcakes, and a cherry on top.

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