Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Genre: Epic Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Ambitious, yet underwhelming. The Crimson Crown started out strong and kept on building plot strength until it reached the climax around the ninety percent mark of the book where it suddenly stopped and decided to chill. I felt that the lackluster ending was a compromise to the legions of fans that want a happily ever after fairy tale ending. The author diluted the possibility of what could have been one of the best tragic endings ever.
Overall the story is very solid with immensely enjoyable and breathtaking writing that just makes you want to know how it all ends. The intense rivalry between the Bayars and Han Alister (the descendant of the Demon King and his supposedly genuine royal claim to the throne) continues, with the Bayars plotting to prevent Alister from consolidating his power over the Wizards, and his discrete political maneuvering to outplay them in return. Certain major events occur as a result of this that will definitely surprise most readers.
It's quite possibly the best book in the series but it could have been a lot better. Aside from the weak ending, this is a really good read and fans of the series should definitely get this book.
Overall: 7.5/10 (4 Stars)