The Gray Wolf Throne
Seven Realms: Book 3
Cinda Williams Chima
I enjoyed this installment of the Seven Realms series very much. The pace was fast and exciting and the nuances of the characters continued to develop in interesting ways. I particularly like the way that Chima is exploring the issue of Princess Raisa being pulled in all sorts of directions by both her friends and her enemies. Chima has done a good job of showing how sometimes friends with agendas can be as challenging as enemies.
Raisa really grows into her own in this book, making decisions against the council of people around her – but not rashly. She considers different opinions, makes her choice and stands for it, while trying to be diplomatic. There are also some extremely satisfying moments, such as when she tells on particular suitor exactly what he can do with his arrogant and distasteful proposal.
The next volume The Crimson Crown is due out this October and I am excited to see where the story will go next. I am hoping to get more of a sense of the wizards and their council as they are the group whom I understand the least and, perhaps, mistrust the most because of the Bayar family’s ambitions.