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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Audio Review: The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

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Title: The Gray Wolf Throne (Goodreads)
Publisher:  Recorded Books (Audio);  Hyperion Books for Children (Print)

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 25 Oct 2012 (Audio); 23 Oct 2012 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Series

ISBN: B009WQV80Y (Audio), 1423144333 (Paperback)

Format: Audio
Audio Length:  ~17 hrs
Narrator: Carol Monda


Place(s) Traveled to: Marisa Pines // Fellsmarch

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Seven Realms Series Order
Book 4: The Crimson Crown

First Line: It was the largest gathering of Spirit clans Raisa had ever seen.

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima was one of my most anticipated books of 2012 and the moment it was out I snapped up a copy. Then I let it sit on a shelf all pretty mostly ignoring it but sometimes giving it a lovely pat saying soon. But knowing in my heart I may never read it because if I did then the series would be over and I’ve have to say goodbye. Raisa, Han, Firedancer, Amon, and all the others would be put to rest once that last page was turned and I wasn’t ready for their story to be over. I wasn’t ready to leave Fellsmarch and this rich detailed world that Chima created. 
I couldn’t put it off forever though because at war with my need to not say goodbye was the stronger desire to know what happens next. Would Raisa survive to hold the throne? Would the Bayers be defeated? Or would they claim the ultimate prize? Would Han ever be ablet o find a true and lasting happiness? And how would Firedancer come to terms with being part clan and part wizard? There were just so many bits and pieces that I needed to know about and so I succumbed and began this story. And even though I had a physical copy I knew the only way to experience The Crimson Crown was to do so on audio. Just as I’d done from the previous books in the series. 

As I expected, Chima did not let me down with this story. Events start off fast and they don’t let up until you hit the end of the book. Carol Monda really delivers with her narration although there were a few times when she seemed to slip a little and it wasn’t as easy as in previous books to know who was speaking and Dancer’s voice seemed to change all together. This was a bit off putting as you’d think with 3 other books in this series under her belt Monda would have a better grasp on the characters. But, she doesn’t get to do the narration back to back so I can see how things wouldn’t match 100% across the board. Overall, Monda does a great job and she is these characters. 
The Crimson Crown is the final installment in Chima’s Seven Realms series and so there were lots of threads that needed to be completed. Events that began in book 1 had to be wrapped up and Chima does it in a realistic way. She closes out all the main stories lines but still leaves just enough so that a reader can sit and imagine where these characters might end up after the final page is turned. My one complaint is that there was this one story arc that wasn’t tied up and it could have long reaching implications and I just wished it was more final. But it also gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, Chima isn’t ready to leave this world either. After all she is writing more books in her other series and that was just supposed to be a trilogy (at least as far as I know) so there is always the possibility….*hopes soar* 
For me, I think I wouldn’t be happy if these series had a thousand books in it. I just love this world so very much and I could live in it if such a thing was possible. I really enjoyed this book and how Chima wrapped things up and I just wish I could go back and read it all again for teh first time. This is a great fantasy series and its one that I can’t recommend enough so if you haven’t read it you really need to go fix that. Then come back here and tell me just how amazing you think it is as well. =) 

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