The Demon King — Cinda Williams Chima

DK_cover_mdChima, Cinda Williams. The Demon King. Hyperion, 2009. 506 p. Grades 6-11. Fantasy. (VOYA Perfect 10).

Reisa, the Princess Heir to Fells doesn’t know what is going on in her country. Her mother wants her to marry a wizard, which is illegal according to the naeming. Han is a descendant of the Demon King, who almost caused the end of the world. As their stories weave together Reisa and Han must come to terms with their destiny. This is the first installment of a four part series.

Review: The Demon King was a whirlwind of a read. It is one of those books you devour and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. As a reader, you cannot get enough of the characters. Chima alternated point’s of view between Reisa, the Princess Heir, and Han, a boy from the slums who has clan connections. Unlike some novels that switch points of view, both protagonists in The Demon King are captivating. Their stories make you want to read more. You never want to hurry and read Han because you like Reisa’s plot line better.

With that being said, it is very apparent in the writing style and plot that this is a first book to a series, there is a lot of action and conversations that need to happen in order to set things up for the next few novels. This keeps the reader guessing through this book. You know that at some point Reisa and Han’s plotlines will intertwine but in this book it happens for only brief period. There is a sharp instant attraction that fades away and other people in both of their lives become the object of desire. As you near the end of the book, it becomes clear that future meetings will happen as you read more books.

Because of The Demon King’s dual point of view between a male and female character, I think it would appeal to a broad audience. For girls, it provides the fantasy that some little girls have of wanting to be a princess, as well as providing a leading character with spunk and intelligence. For boys, it gives the fantasy of being a rogue and tough as nails as well as having the ability to preform incredible magic.

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