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4 Stars: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima Audiobook

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima was my first Audible purchase! I remember seeing a number of reviews gushing about this series, and I can never let a great high fantasy series pass me by ;-). Since The Demon King is pretty long, it made sense to get the audiobook for when I ran out of review audios to listen to. I’m so glad I started this series, though I think I might try to read the next one to make sure I get everything straight, hehe.

Note: I purchased The Demon King on audiobook.

4 Stars: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima Audiobook

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Narrated by Carol Monda
(Seven Realms #1)
Published by Hyperion Books on October 6th, 2009
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 13 discs pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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One day Han Alister catches three young wizard setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battle to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father’s family. Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her—plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for. -- Goodreads

4 Stars


  • High fantasy kind of has to have a full cast of great characters right? While at times I had to sit back and remember who someone was, I love a world that is filled with named people that have depth and their own motivations.
  • I enjoyed all of Demon King, but the last third was my favorite by far. It was the perfect combination of suspense, dislike of the villains and cheering enthusiastically for the heroes.
  • While we stuck mostly to one country in The Demon King, there is obviously a lot of world to explore in the coming novels. I’m freaking pumped to find out more!
  • I liked the feminist culture that existed with the Queendom and Raisa’s attitude toward kissing boys ;-). Usually high fantasy falls back on the medieval trope of men in charge, but I don’t think Raisa would like that very much, haha.


  • I admit that I had a bit of a hard time getting into The Demon King. I kept wondering when the plot would really get going. There was just a bit too much intrigue and build-up for me, but I’m quite confident in the action of the second novel!
  • The ending of The Demon King was a bit unsatisfying since nothing really got resolved. It is obviously building up to the second book, but I like the endings of even books in a series to have some sort of conclusive feel to them.
  • The narration was a little low quality compared to what I’m used to unfortunately. The recording just didn’t sound up to par and the narrator didn’t do a great job of separate voices for each of the characters. I couldn’t really tell who was who until a name was given :(


Don’t mind me while I go read The Exiled Queen :D. But seriously, if you like high fantasy, you’ve probably already heard of The Demon King. However, if you’re like me and just somehow missed that memo, go pick it up and stick with it! You’ll be glad you did :D.

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya


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  1. This is probably one of my favorite series! The fourth book and the second book were my favorites. Hopefully you like them too! :)

  2. Miss Mimz says:

    Another book that I just had to own but still sadly sits on my bookshelf, unread D: Reading your lovely review might just have been the push I need to dive in already though! High-fantasy is always SO exciting to get into, and I really can’t stand that I’m haven’t even been introduced to this world and it’s characters. Though the non-ending worries me, I like at least SOME resolution by a books end, even if it is the first in the series o.O

    • The ending works pretty well, I think part of it is that there is exploring and journeying yet to do ;-) Definitely a great high fantasy, I’m so excited to read more of the series from what everyone else has been saying :D

  3. This is one of my favourite books; so glad you liked it! It sucks that the narration took away some of your enjoyment of the novel. I agree that the book took a while to get going, but I never felt like it was slow for me. I rushed through it and experienced several long nights because I was so excited about where the characters were going. Han Allister … ugh I could just go on all day about how attracted I am to his character.

    • I am definitely going to read the second one so that I can figure out how I feel about the writing without the narration distracting me!

  4. I’ve heard lots of good things about this one too :) I love that alternate reality allows us to enjoy a medieval setting while still having some great feminist heroines.

  5. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    I have heard so many good things about this series! I really need to read it, it’s been on my TBR forever. I will probably read it rather than listen to it since the quality isn’t the best. But it does sound good! I hope you enjoy the next book too!

  6. Jenny Jensen says:

    I LOVE this series. It is probably one of my top three favorite series of all time (#2 to be specific)!!

  7. Man, I really need to read this book already! I was just thinking maybe I could listen to it on audio, but then I got to your comment about the poor quality. What a serious bummer. I guess I’ll have to read it *the old fashioned way* — words on pages! O_O

    Anyway, great review. :D

    • (Actually, I guess one could argue that *the old fashioned way* would actually be more akin to an audiobook, since stories were passed down audibly for a long time before writing came about, eh?)

      • Hehe, yes that would be the old-old-fashioned way ;-) It makes me sad when fantasy has poor narration, since I love listening to those stories, but what can you do :(


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