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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.

Her Heir Chronicles series (magic comes to contemporary Ohio) comprises The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir . The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir, and the Sorcerer Heir.

Chima's Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King in 2009; IThe Exiled Queen in 2010. The Gray Wolf Throne in 2011, and The Crimson Crown (2012.).

Her Shattered Realms quartet comprises Flamecaster ( 2016) Shadowcaster (2017) Stormcaster (2018) and Deathcaster scheduled for March 5, 2019.

Chima is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and th
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“Weird is good, strange is bad.”
Cinda Williams Chima

“So here's the truth - I love you. I love everything about you – the way you stick up for people even when it costs you. The way you keep trying to do the right thing even when you're not exactly sure what the right thing is. I love how you put words together. You're as skilled with words as any knife fighter with a blade. You can put an enemy down on his back, or you can raise people up so they find what's best in themselves. You've changed my life. You've given me the words I need to become whatever I want.
I love how you talk to lytlings. You don't talk down to them. You respect them, and anybody can tell you're actually interested in what they have to say.
I love the way you ride a horse – how you stick there like an upland thistle, whooping like a Demonai. I love the way you throw back your head and stomp your feet when you dance. I love how you go after what you want – whether it's kisses or a queendom.
I love your skin, like copper dusted over with gold. And your eyes – they're the color of a forest lake shaded by evergreens. One of the secret places that only the Demonai know about.
I love the scent of you – when you've been out in the fresh air, and that perfume you put behind your ears sometimes.
Believe it or not, I even love your road smell – of sweat and horses and leather and wool.
I want to breathe you in for the rest of my life.”
Cinda Williams Chima, The Crimson Crown

“He's not lazy. He's just highly inefficient.”
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“Unlike many at court, who tried to spend as much time in front of the king as they could, Destin valued his privacy. So, in addition to his apartment within the palace, he kept a suite of rooms at the Cup and Comfort Inn on the riverfront. Any kind of pleasure could be had at the Cup and Comfort for a price, but what Destin treasured most was anonymity. This was a place where he could be himself.

So it was with not a little alarm that he unlocked the door to his rooms at the inn to find Lila Barrowhill sleeping in his fireside chair.

He froze in the doorway, but she must have heard him, because she opened her eyes and smiled at him sleepily. “I hope you don’t mind that I let myself in. I didn’t want to draw attention by sitting outside your door.”

Destin stepped inside and shut and locked the door behind him. Then turned to glare at her, his arms folded.

Lila grinned when she saw his expression. “Blood and bones, Karn, I’m so glad you’re still alive. It always seems that I’m a lot happier to see you than you are to see me. Well, except for that time you came to Oden’s Ford. Then there was that time in King Gerard’s garden—”

“How did you find this place?”

“I needed a cup and some comfort, and this place was recommended,” she said. She held up a cup she’d no doubt filled down in the taproom. “It’s truly amazing. You really can get anything you want here.” She winked at him.”
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Patrick I have to read all your books, I still need to get to the last two books of the Heir series. Am I the only one hoping for the Heir series to be made into movies. Now that Harry Potter is over I think its time to start looking at other series for movies.


message 73: by Cinda

Cinda Emily wrote: "So I just finished The Heir Chronicles and I absolutely loved them. Seriously, one of the best series I've ever read. I was just wondering if maybe there would be a bit more to that series or if th..."

Thank you, Emily! I assume you've read all five Heir books? No plans to write more now, but one never knows.


message 72: by Emily (last edited Sep 17, 2016 12:21AM)

Emily So I just finished The Heir Chronicles and I absolutely loved them. Seriously, one of the best series I've ever read. I was just wondering if maybe there would be a bit more to that series or if there would be a different story in that world. I think I'll try The Demon King though.


message 71: by Cinda

Cinda Patrick wrote: "Must say I enjoy your writing and though I've only read the Heir Series. I CAN'T WAIT to read Shattered Realms and Seven Realms. Been a fan ever since I picked up Warrior Heir!"

Thank you, Patrick!


Patrick Must say I enjoy your writing and though I've only read the Heir Series. I CAN'T WAIT to read Shattered Realms and Seven Realms. Been a fan ever since I picked up Warrior Heir!


message 69: by Cinda

Cinda Nadia wrote: "Since your books have magical elements, I really sincerely hope you will resurrect Han Alister! I don't know how, but I hope you will. My other favorite author J.K Rowling has killed many character..."

I was the first to cry...


message 68: by Nadia

Nadia Since your books have magical elements, I really sincerely hope you will resurrect Han Alister! I don't know how, but I hope you will. My other favorite author J.K Rowling has killed many characters, and I could not cope with her killing certain characters, but Han Alister is different. I literally sobbed after page 26 of Flamecaster. :( :( :( :(


message 67: by L

L Thanks so much for accepting my friendship request here on Goodreads!


message 66: by Judith

Judith Thanks so much for accepting my friendship request Cinda. I love your Heir Chronicles and am keen to read the Seven Realms series too. It is great to see you like Code Name Verity as much as I do too. Hope you have a brilliant holiday season and wish you all that is good for 2015 from Judith xxx


message 65: by Cinda

Cinda Vetsy wrote: "Just wanted to say that I love the Seven Realms series and I just wanted to know when The Crimson Crown will be out in paperback format?"

Paperback edition of The Crimson Crown is set for release September 24, 2013.


message 64: by Vetsy

Vetsy Just wanted to say that I love the Seven Realms series and I just wanted to know when The Crimson Crown will be out in paperback format?


message 63: by Rayann

Rayann Hello! I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading the Seven Realms series! Your books are definitely one of my favorites. I'll be reading the Heir Chronicles which I'm pretty sure would be great too. Thank you!


Катя Czaja Thank you for giving this series such a beautiful and satisfying ending. I have spent the most wonderful day lost in Raisa and Han's world.


message 61: by Stella

Stella Your books have changed my life! It's hard to find great fantasy books nowadays and yours are my favourites! Don't stop writing because I'll always be there waiting for them to come out. Always.


Tea in Chapter Three Hello Mrs. Chima. I must say, I am an avid reader of your novels, and do quite enjoy the experience that each gives me. Right now, I am anxiously awaiting to get a hold of the second Realms book, for a long waitng list at my public library prevents me from reading it. Thank you so very much, and I really loved the Heir novels. Simply fantastic!


message 59: by Cinda

Cinda Tiko wrote: "thank you so much for accepting my friendship request!!!!
i sooooo enjoyed your seven realms series.... cant wait for a forth book!!!
i really think that you are one of the "BESTEST" fantasy au..."


Tiko, thanks for the kind words and for spreading the word!


message 58: by Tiko

Tiko thank you so much for accepting my friendship request!!!!
i sooooo enjoyed your seven realms series.... cant wait for a forth book!!!
i really think that you are one of the "BESTEST" fantasy authors!!! thanks for giving us such great books to read...


message 57: by Natasa

Natasa Hi! I just want to say that you and your books are brilliant and I'm completely fangirling right now that you liked my pre-review for The Crimson Crown. Holy shiz yay!! xD


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Cinda E. wrote: "Hi Mrs. Chima!

You recently skyped with Baxter County Library and I was so inspired (even if I did pop in late). I held on to every word you said.

Thank you for being such an inspiration!"


E, I had a great time Skyping with Baxter! Thanks to the kind words!


message 55: by El-Noor

El-Noor Hi Mrs. Chima!

You recently skyped with Baxter County Library and I was so inspired (even if I did pop in late). I held on to every word you said.

Thank you for being such an inspiration!


message 54: by Cinda

Cinda Nerwen Elendil wrote: "Hi Cinda! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I've recently bought "The Warrior Heir" and, I have to admit... IT'S FREAKING AWESOME!!!
Can't wait to order the rest.

Thank you for s..."


Thank you! for the book love. Hope you'll keep on reading


Leonor (Ner) Hi Cinda! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I've recently bought "The Warrior Heir" and, I have to admit... IT'S FREAKING AWESOME!!!
Can't wait to order the rest.

Thank you for such a wonderful story ^_^


Shelley (Bella) Hi Cinda! It was so amazing meeting you. Love the blog post and our pic is so great! I can't stop bragging. Thank you again!
Cheers!
Bella


message 51: by Toni

Toni Thanks for accepting, I love your books!!


message 50: by Jen (last edited Sep 21, 2011 02:21PM)

Jen Hey Cinda,
Thank you for accepting my friend request. I am dying to read your books. I hear such amazing things about them. :)


message 49: by Stacy

Stacy Eaton Cinda - thank you for the friendship!


message 48: by Tia

Tia Just finished Gray Wolf Throne... I Loved it, and can't wait for book four.. this is an amazing series.. and I just gotta tell ya that I love Han and Raisa together, I'm so hoping at the series end we see those two end up together and happy...


message 47: by Jackie

Jackie Zhou Daniel wrote: "Can't wait for book four of the seven realms series (i think you can stretch the series into several more books but that's just my wishful thinking :D) Gray wolf throne was the best book i have rea..."

meh too


message 46: by Jackie (last edited Sep 08, 2011 05:15PM)

Jackie Zhou Cinda wrote: "Jackie wrote: "Cinda after you finsh the seven realm series will write another book that Han and Raisa in it. Like in The Heroes of the Olympus series"

It's possible I may write more books in the ...but first I have to finish the two Heir books promised. "


Thank a lot Cinda! I can't wait for the The new Heir books! And i can't wait to what you will do after book 4 of the seven realm series that wold be awesome if you write more of it! I LOVE ALL YOUR BOOK!


message 45: by Cinda

Cinda Jackie wrote: "Cinda after you finsh the seven realm series will write another book that Han and Raisa in it. Like in The Heroes of the Olympus series"

It's possible I may write more books in the Seven Realms world..but first I have to finish the two Heir books promised.


message 44: by Daniel

Daniel Can't wait for book four of the seven realms series (i think you can stretch the series into several more books but that's just my wishful thinking :D) Gray wolf throne was the best book i have read yet, kept me on my toes throughout the whole story and i could not stop reading, i will be depressed until next fall knowing i can't find out what happens next until then :/


message 43: by Jackie

Jackie Zhou Cinda after you finsh the seven realm series will write another book that Han and Raisa in it. Like in The Heroes of the Olympus series


message 42: by Jackie

Jackie Zhou Sara wrote: "I just finished the Gray Wolf Throne today... SO sad that I have to wait for the last book!! It will be bittersweet to see the series end, but you did such an amazing job with this book!! I absolut..."
me too i finish the 3 day after it come out


message 41: by Sara

Sara I just finished the Gray Wolf Throne today... SO sad that I have to wait for the last book!! It will be bittersweet to see the series end, but you did such an amazing job with this book!! I absolutely love your ability to tell stories and draw the reader in! I just wanted to thank you for writing a series I can truly get excited about and read over and over! You are AMAZING!! Can't wait for the last book to come out!!!


Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah* Hi Cinda! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request. :) I just recently finished the Heir Chronicles and I absolutely LOVED them! They are such great books! I can't wait to get started on the Seven Realms series! :)


message 39: by Cinda

Cinda ~dragonrider~ wrote: "I cant wait for the next one!!! I am absolutely IN LOVE with HAn Allister. I love how you write and am very picky about my authors you're the top of the list by Chritopher Paolini and Homer. I love..."

TRUTH: I love Micah, too!


message 38: by Cinda

Cinda Ward wrote: "Thanks of the books! It meant a lot to me and Lisa to have you at our party. We can't wait to read them all :)"

Hi, Ward! Thank your Mom! She brought me the books nd asked me to sign! Good meeting Lisa and seeing you again. CWC


message 37: by Ward

Ward Thanks of the books! It meant a lot to me and Lisa to have you at our party. We can't wait to read them all :)


message 36: by Cinda

Cinda Corey wrote: "Hey! Love your books- they were part of the reason i have begun to write my own! Hope to see more from you soon! - Corey"

Good luck with your writing. As for more from me, The Gray Wolf Throne comes out September 20. CWC


message 35: by Corey

Corey Elkins Hey! Love your books- they were part of the reason i have begun to write my own! Hope to see more from you soon! - Corey


message 34: by Em

Em - of Everything Books thanks you for accepting my request. I love your books! Especially the Exiled Queen.


message 33: by Sophie

Sophie :)Thank you and your welcome! You're such a good author!


message 32: by Lizzie

Lizzie Thanks for accepting my request, and for the comment! :) I may be coming to your signing at the Stark County Library on Monday. I'm looking forward to it!


message 31: by Pamela

Pamela Hey Cinda...Thanks for accepting my friendship.


Ralph Gallagher Thanks for advertising here on Goodreads! I'd much rather see more book reviews on here than some of the unrelated ads that normally come up. So thank you for supporting this awesome site! I'll definitely buy your book the next time I'm at a bookstore!


message 29: by Cinda

Cinda Richard wrote: "Thanks for the add. I remember the day I first read "The Warrior Heir" I was volunteering at the library when it kind of just feel into my hand when organizing a shelf."

My books are enchanted, you know. Don't try to resist. CWC


message 28: by Cinda

Cinda Richard, well, they are enchanted, you know. Don't try and resist. CWC


message 27: by Richard

Richard Thanks for the add. I remember the day I first read "The Warrior Heir" I was volunteering at the library when it kind of just feel into my hand when organizing a shelf.


message 26: by Cinda

Cinda Thank you, thank you thank you--good to hear this early feedback on EQ! Cinda


Sab H.  (YA Bliss) OMG! Yay for coming to Houston! I was the first in the tour for Exiled Queen and I just finished it. I have to say WOW! I absolutely adored it! I'm such a fan of that series (I haven't read Heir Chronicles yet though) I need book three NOW!! :)

Love your writing and originality and your excellently plotted story. I'm stunned and breathless. I want to read it over and over again!

Best,
Sab


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