The first book in the Seven Realms series.
Book description:Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can't sell - the thick silver cuffs he's worn since birth. They're clearly magicked - as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off. One day Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history - it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back. Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returning to court after three years of freedom in the mountains - riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea - the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her - including marriage to a suitor who goes against everything the queendom stands for. The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards. (taken from Goodreads)
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Romance:Not a whole lot but still some. Fear for Raisa's reputation when Han kidnaps her, some kisses and making out. Language:1-2 Violence: Some. A couple fights, killing and injuries. Other:Stealing, gangs, magic. Time period:Another world.
My thoughts:I picked this one up because it looked good. And it was. I really enjoyed learning about the land and what is going on between the wizards, clans and the lowlanders. The plot (and the entire book really!) was very detailed and sucked me right into the world. The adventures were exciting, the characters easily loveable (and I do love them!) and the whole overall opinion on my part was that I really enjoyed this book and would reread and recommend. I would recommend to both guys and girls YA+ I think that because of the romance to come that this book might be more likeable to girls, but there are several fights and battles that go on. So it could really be a great series for both!
My cover thoughts:I love the mountains in the background and the amulet or jinxpiece as they call it in the book draws you interest.
My favorite character:It's tied between three. Han is likeable because he's funny, honorable even though he used to be a thief and all that and because he is...well Han. Amon is really loveable and loyal. Raisa is tough and spirit. But she really cares for others. I love them all :)