Published by Hyperion Books on August 30th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family as good as killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen. Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough. The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.
Hang on tight because you’re about to be taken on a wild ride. China’s expert narration skills captivate your attention until the very end. The Gray Wolf Throne is defiantly my favorite book in the series so far. After what all went down in it, I am suspicious for The Crimson Crown. If I thought this book was a rollercoaster, then I cannot wait to see what the final book has in store. The Gray Wolf Throne begins right where The Exiled Queen left off. I love that about Chima’s books, she dives straight back into the story instead of fast forwarding. There is so much more at stake in this novel than the past two combined. As Raisa’s fate slowly approaches, it is up to Raisa and Han to keep the entire kingdom on the right track. But with many unforeseen obstacles, reaching their goal just got a little bit more complicated. Facing assassins, lovers, and even death, it all comes down to Raisa. I love how much emphasis was placed onto Raisa in this book. I feel like this was her book. Out of all the characters, Raisa definitely changed the most since the first two books. She grew out of her spoiled princess ways and opened her eyes to the world around her. We saw a little bit of that in the first book, but by the third, Raisa has far excited the want of helping her kingdom to the point where she is actually fighting for it. Everything seems to be against Raisa and Han as they embark on their journey together.