The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, #3)
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The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3)

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Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana"Marianna, he...more
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Published August 30th 2011 by Disney Book Group
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 14, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who've been burned by lame high fantasy
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read with Rachel and Sandra
"Nearly all my life I've taken what I wanted, when I wanted it, with no thought for the future, since I wasn't likely to have one. Do you know how hard this is for me? Do you?"

4.5 stars Dear lord...the feels, the feels! The goodness train keeps rolling. Lives are at stake. Love is at stake. There's danger, magic and intrigue aplenty!

There are no dragons though. Ah well.

I still don't know what to say about fantasy books or how to sell them. If you don't read fantasy, you're really missing out...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Rich, sexy, layered, enchanting, riveting and enthralling. I don't know how much more I can say about this series that wont be repetitive from my first two reviews. What I can say for sure is that rarely has any author achieved such excellence in high fantasy for young adults. Actually YA high fantasy is rare, and rich fantabulous world-building with three-dimentional fully-developed characters is even more rare. So this book and the rest of the series are truly a gem in their kind.

Cinda Chima i...more
Donna
Holy crap. Absolutely fantastic. Crap, crap, crap. Why crap? Because after THE DEMON KING and THE EXILED QUEEN, what do I have left to say?

The world is still as utterly fantastic as it's always been. Richly colored and full of life, Chima hasn't let it slip by as a sacrifice to the greater plot. It still plays its role magnificently, hanging out just on the edge of the background and foreground, being its own character but knowing when not to be overwhelming.

I'm all for Han and Raisa but there w...more
Kristi
I think I'm just going to copy and paste my review of The Exiled Queen and use it for The Gray Wolf too! Okay, not really.... but it would work!

This series simple continues to get better and better as it goes along. I desperately need book four PRONTO! I'm glad I was able to start The Gray Wolf Throne so soon after reading The Exiled Queen. The characters and the story line were fresh in my mind, and I believe that always makes for a better reading experience. Needless to say, it doesn't always...more
Ash Wednesday
SPOILERS AHOY!

4 STARS
”You are better than I expected.”
“I am always better than people expect,” Han said.



Oh come on, don’t tell me you didn’t think a little bit of that guy.

I loved this book by the way! Love love love love love.

LOVE.

THERE’S NOTHING COHERENT IN THIS REVIEW. NOTHING.

I’m just going to madly flap here and there, over the overwhelming levels of squee, like a fish out of water.

One thing I noticed and liked about this is how each of the characters have grown in a pace that doesn’t sc...more
Shannon
I have never been as nervous reading a book as I was while reading The Gray Wolf Throne. I honestly thought I was going to throw up at one point because my nerves were that far over the edge. I have this habit of avoiding things that make me nervous and uncomfortable so throughout the two days I spent reading this, I spent my time as such: breathe in, read fervently, put Kindle down, breathe out, walk away, fiddle with this or that, annoy my cat, run back to Kindle and begin reading to see what...more
Lainey
I was just so ready for this to be the book that rises above the average quality (for me) of the first two because things are finally moving forward and Raisa is actively fighting to claim her throne...but I just can't...things still bother me about this series.

My biggest gripe is why the lack of fully realized female characters??? Just because Raisa is one of the two protagonists in this book doesn't mean it is alright to basically dismiss the other girls in the novel as trivial, frilly, silly...more
Lady Jaye
Okay. I know several reviews are raving about it, but Seven Realm novel #3 felt more like filler than it did a solid novel. And I feel like the story is becoming less good with each installment, and also that Ms. Chima is writing her characters less well with each installment too.

Han...of course is still Han: the underdog, cool, dashing, rather unassuming. I love Han, and he seems to be the only character whose integrity (I mean in the sense of the character, not honesty, although Han is honest...more
Lily K
Dec 15, 2011 Lily K rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Lily by: i read the first 2 books and loved them... so i read this one
OH MY GOD! This series just keeps on getting better and better! (view spoiler)...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2011/08/b...

Princess Heir Raisa ana‘Marianna has been forced to flee her home in the Fells to escape a forced marriage by the powerful Bayar wizard line. She’s been kidnapped, tricked, betrayed, and yet she has somehow survived, thanks to her sharp wits, her hard earned fighting and riding skill, and by the grace of those loyal to her and the Gray Wolf line. Just when Raisa thinks she’s found a brief respite and happiness at...more
Bailey
God, I <3 this series. I was worried after The Girl of Fire and Thorns ended I wouldn't be able to find a fantasy series that I loved just as much. But I have and every time I put down one of these books I can't contain my emotions. The story is always full on. It has EVERYTHING. Political intrigue. Royal balls and pretty dresses. Sword fights. Magic. Romance. Its like the best customer service ever, because if you want it, this has it.

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Lightreads
Funny how little young adult traditional epic fantasy I see these days. Everything's all punk -- steampunk, mannerpunk, retro recombinant cyberpunk, noirpunk, apocopunk. No punk here. This is straight up epic fantasy, every heroic stand faithfully rendered, every formality observed. Kingdom in peril saved by teenaged princess? Check. Street kid with a tragic past and a powerful secret? Check. Old legends and spirit animal visions? Check. Stultifyingly traditional classism and occasional sexual d...more
Shellie
Wow, wow, wow! I just love all of Cindy Williams Chima's books! I was so excited to get a preview copy of The Gray Wolf Throne as I has been impatiently waiting for the next book to come out later this year.

I was not disappointed! This book continues to tell the story of princess Raisa, and Hans Allister the magician, and the separate peoples of the Fells. I thought this would be the last book in the series, but it didn't take me long to realize that there was no way all the loose ends could be...more
Cindy
this is one of my top favorite
fantasy series, and high fantasy
to boot! cinda is such an incredible
storyteller and all of her characters
are alive, fantastic, and the politics
and court intrigue keep the reader
(as well as those in the story) on their
toes. raisa is a wonderful heroine and
i'm absolutely enamored of han alister.
and i don't even like blondes! =) the
sexual tension between these two are
hot! but not in the cheesy insta-love way
that i don't particularly care for in most
of my reading.

my onl...more
Nora
I absolutely loved the first two books in the series. Raisa enthralled me, and Amon was amazing, but for me the third book fell a little flat. While I feel major plot points did occur, I found the book slow, and rather unnecessary. Perhaps I had the book hyped up too much, I'd been waiting about a year, and nothing could ever meet my expectations, maybe I just don't like Han as much.
The Grey Wolf throne however was a complete page turner, and well written. The characterization from Chima was vir...more
Danae
Things are finally moving forward plot wise, but then why did The Gray Wolf Throne feel more like a filler to me? There were a couple important things that happened, but that's just it, there were only a couple important things that happened in a 515 page book. The last half of the second book pulled me in and wouldn't let me go, so I thought this one would be just as exciting. It wasn't.

While the first two books had political aspects, this one was more focused on it. While that isn't a bad thin...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This was rather disappointing. I was expecting some kind of wrap-up, but I guess Chima is going to write more in this series? I would hope so since this is nothing more than 528 pages of Raisa going home and becoming queen. Yes, that takes 528 pages...
Mimi Smith
5 stars

I wasn't able to put down any of the books in the series down and I literally devoured them in two days. I fell in love with these characters. It's fascinating how multi-layered and realistic Ms. Williams wrote them, none of them are simple and predictable.

Han-a thief turned wizard. He had lost a lot lately, had been attacked and betrayed, and he's struggling to figure out where his loyalties lie. One thing he's sure of-he's not going to let anyone use him as a puppet and take advantage o...more
Anne
This is my new favorite series. Without a doubt, I will be first in line to get The Crimson Crown when it comes out later this year.
Each book has progressively gotten better and better, and this time around I found myself walking around with the book in my hand waiting for an opportunity to start reading it again.

I'm not going to even attempt to re-cap the plot, because there is just no way I would do it justice. I will say that all of the characters, major and minor, are well fleshed-out and...more
Amanda
When I saw this was available on Netgalley I squealed and eagerly awaited the publisher to approve my review request. After reading it, I must say it definitely did not disappoint. Cinda Williams Chima's writing just gets better and better. After The Demon King, I was intrigued. After The Exiled Queen, I was hooked. Now after The Gray Wolf Throne I am absolutely obsessed and totally, completely in love. The book starts out a few weeks after The Exiled Queen ends, so all the characters are separa...more
Emi
Bones of Hanalea, I love this series. Seriously, Cinda Williams Chima, you rock my world. I'm surprised that I'm even alive right now, since I'm 99.9999% sure that I was holding my breath for the entire book.

The Demon King introduced us to the Seven Realms. The Exiled Queen showed us the growth and maturation of all of its characters. But The Gray Wolf Throne is where the story really begins, when it becomes bigger than its characters and their personal arguements or vendettas.

Since this book d...more
Stacey O'Neale
This review was completed by Michael Cummings, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide.

The third volume of the Seven Realms series, it really felt like Chima finally has settled into the story of Han and Raisa. Han must finally face the moment we've all waited for - when he discovers his friend and love interest Rebecca is in fact the Princess Heir Raisa of the Queendom of the Fells.

Overwhelmingly, though, this is Raisa's volume. Friction and violence increase as the people trying to keep Rais...more
hpboy13
By this point, I knew to expect only the very best from Cinda Williams Chima, and she did not disappoint. All of the "good" characters get together to get Raisa on the throne in the first half of the book, but what was great here is that it's not one big happy family. On the contrary, Chima takes this opportunity to show us just how deep the prejudices in this society run, and how EVERYONE has their own agenda here.

The second half of the book is considerably slower, but it never drags, because y...more
Ashelynn
Ugh. Ugh. UGH. I don’t know what to think of THE GRAY WOLF THRONE. I was swept up in the world (I have been since the very beginning with THE DEMON KING!) but this book… it felt like a filler book. I say this because it doesn’t have a conclusion. Did the others? Kinda, not really, but this book it really felt like it was a filler book. I was so mad that it ended without knowing who was trying to kill Queen Raisa!

But holy crap was I swept up in the world. I have a feeling that Chima is one of th...more
Reading Teen
The Audiobook:

There are not enough ways that I can tell you how much I adore these audiobooks. Having listened to both The Demon King and The Exiled Queen, hearing the voice of Carol Monda was like hearing an old friend. I just loved it. If I had to choose the best female audiobook reader I've ever heard, it would be Carol Monda. She absolutely brings these stories to life. Her voice is perfect for this type of book. The world that Chima creates is fantastical, and Carol has the ability to take...more
Mimi
*Changed my review* once, i'd had time to realize this was not the last book of the trilogy my review has changed

Ok so I loved Cinda Williams China's other series, the Dragon Heir and etc and I also loved the first two novels of this series also, but this one was just totally declawed. First, I thought this was a trilogy and I thought this was the last book of the trilogy and I was not impressed. I honestly thought the book was ending that way and it was beyond a cliff hanger and went straight t...more
Patti
This book was devoured in a day. I don't think any other series has left me in such a thrall as the Seven Realms has. I can't quite explain it. Perhaps it is the fully fleshed out and daring characters or maybe it is the brilliant environment these characters live in. One thing is for sure- it isn't the romance. Unlike the Demon King and the Exiled Queen, the Gray Wolf Throne goes deeper into the relationship of Han and Raisa. This wasn't necessarily a good thing. Their love felt clunky and manh...more
Jordyn
Okay, I'm going to try and make this brief...

In the beginning, I was... bored? Yeah. Bored. I mean, Ms. Chima's writing is amazing and she has, oh, so lovable characters, but.. things got.. sad, and it was going different than I had anticipated, and people were separated, and I didn't think some people were going to make it, and some people didn't, and.. *dabs eyes with handkerchief* ... and people were kissing when I didn't want them to, and I'm now becoming aware of how many times I've said: a...more
Isamlq
I enjoyed THE GRAY WOLF THRONE:

Raisa's life has gotten a tad more complicated. And now, I can think of the Queen Mother and not shake my head in confusion and disappointment, because Raisa finds herself in much the same situation~ making similar deals and offering similar solutions. I just wish somebody had spoken up earlier, maybe in that way none of their troubles would have come to be.

The characters are still awesome:

I still love Amon and I still feel bad about his situation... HOWEVER, I'm...more
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New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima comes from a long line of fortune-tellers, musicians and spinners of tales. She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers.

The Warrior Heir was named to Voya’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2005-2006, is a 2006 Booksense Summer Reading Pick, was named to the 2007-2008 Lone Star Reading List,...more
More about Cinda Williams Chima...
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