[Book Review] Crimson Crown and the book review that wasn’t

Note from the desk of CanaryTheFirst: I was browsing ancient drafts in the depths of our reading coal mines when I came across this review from theothercanary. It’s about time for it to see the light of day!

Book review: The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)I started reading this book, but abandoned it for meatier tales like Dresden. When I finally got back to it, I thought that’d I’d made it at least halfway through. Imagine my horror to reopen it on my Nook to discover that I was on the paltry page 68. Out of 448. I almost abandoned it again in favor of rereading Behemoth for the zillionth time.

EDIT: I wrote that much as an intro while I was still reading the book. Then on page 240, I did abandon the book to read Behemoth again. And Cold Days. And Beautiful Creatures. And Deadline. And a whole schlew of nonfiction goodies. And upon trying to return to this book, I simply couldn’t make myself do it.

Based on the stellar ratings on GoodReads, I’m among a small minority who did not utterly and completely love this book. I can see why so many love the Seven Realms stories. I did too. You can read my reviews of past books here:

But as far as the Crimson Crown goes, it’s time for me to declare this book a dead canary.

[ Book Review ] In which an author gets her wings

Meg’s Review: The Demon King and The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Cinda Williams Chima has some sort of strange voodoo hold on me.  When I picked up her first novel, The Warrior Heir (blame the pretty cover), I found it to be rather lackluster in narrative. I then proceeded to pick up her second book, The Wizard Heir, for reasons that I believe had to do with extreme summer boredom. I picked up her third book, The Dragon Heir, because by that time she had her crazy witch talons dug in so deeply that I couldn’t walk away even though the books were, to put it succinctly, boring as hell.

Fast-forward two years and I’m in a Barnes & Noble and believe myself to be Chima-free for life. And then I see the cover for The Demon King and my first thought is, “Oh God, it’s more Chima. Walk away, Meg. Walk away! WHY ARE YOU REACHING FOR THE BOOK? No. Don’t open the cover. No, no. Man, you’re an idiot.”

But I was already hooked, doomed to start another boring Chima series.

And then, much to my utter surprise, the book was completely delightful. It was like God had put “The Heir Chronicles” series into Chima’s head by way of pre-emptive karma. Write a crappy series, and He shall bequeath upon you a gem of a novel.

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