Han travels between the Clans and the Vale in the realm of Fellsmarch, bringing goods back and forth under the eyes of the Queen's Guard. Though he has left behind the ways of the Streetlord of the Raggers to protect his yonger sister, he is still dogged by the rival group, the Southies, who can easily identify him by the permanent silver cuffs around his wrists.
Princess Raisa, heir to the Queenship of Fellsmarch, has recently returned from her stint with her father's Clan. Unused to the frivolity and cosseting of Court, she seeks ways in which to inform herself of the outside world no matter the cost.
For those of you who may have read the Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima (and if you haven't, you should), her latest The Demon King is a pure fantasy, no mingling fantastical elements with the contemporary world.
This book started slow for me. It took several tries to really get in the swing of things. However, once I got into it, I didn't stop. I finished the book in a single sitting. I think I may have gotten up to eat, but I am not really sure. :) I was so intent on discovering what would happen next. Though the plotline may be a little obvious, I still fell in love with the determined young Princess Raisa and the ever suffering Han. I can't wait for the next in the series, The Exiled Queen.
If you are a fan of Chima's previous work, this one will not disappoint.