When 16-year-old Han Alister and his Clan friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that this event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten everything he cares about.
Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar, to prevent him from using it against them. Only later does he learn that it has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. And the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back
Han’s life is complicated enough. He’s the former streetlord of the Raggers—a street gang in the city of Fellsmarch. His street name, Cuffs, comes from the mysterious silver bracelets he’s worn all his life—cuffs that are impossible to take off.
Now Han’s working odd jobs, helping to support his family, and doing his best to leave his old life behind. Events conspire against him, however. When members of a rival gang start dying, Han naturally gets the blame.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles to fight. As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s just spent three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai Camp—riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Now court life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of too-small shoes.
Wars are raging to the south, and threaten to spread into the high country. After a long period of quiet, the power of the Wizard Council is once again growing. The people of the Fells are starving and close to rebellion. Now more than ever, there’s a need for a strong queen.
But Raisa’s mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted by the handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells. Raisa feels like a cage is closing around her—and an arranged marriage and eroded inheritance is the least of it.
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. With the help of her friend, the cadet Amon Byrne, she navigates the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she can unravel the conspiracy coalescing around her before it’s too late.
My Review: (Sorry about the extremely long summary, but I had to share the epic storyline) Okay so you will probably recognize the fantabulous Cinda Williams Chima because she wrote the amazing Heir Trilogy. So guess what?! She has a new series now!!!! (ya you probably already realized this...)Which I am totally obsessing over and getting psyched about. The first book was simply that amazing. I really loved the different POV's throughout the novel. Though she mainly kept it to Raisa and Han she threw in Amon every once in a while which was nice. Han is so BA it's ridiculous. Okay well he's not super kick ass amazing but still, he is pretty epic. The whole streetlord of the Raggers is pretty impressive. I simply cannot wait for the sequel where Raisa and Han meet again and team up! I'm already imagining all sorts of amazing magical fights with fire and wanton destruction and sword fights. (I think my eyes just glazed over....) So my review isn't all that critical but that's mainly due to the fact I'm going fangirl crazy right about now. (Yes this is a scary thing indeed) And if you're wondering why the heck I'm being so incredibly random.... I just bowled two frames, had pizza, pop, and huge frosted cookie, and was bowling left handed, through my legs and backwards..... I'm a tad hyper. But just a little.... well. Ok so a lot. :D