[ 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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