In the land of seven realms, the northern most territory of Fellsmarch is ruled by a Queen. She is aided and advised by the High Wizard and protected by her Royal Guard. Both are bound to her in unique and magical ways.
In this world, some are born wizards. Some are born into clans. The wizards are powerful, but they need the amulets the clans people make to harness and control that power. This is how balance is kept.
In the streets of the Fells, former street lord Han (aka Hunts Alone) has worn silver cuffs since birth. They expand as he grows and no blacksmith can remove them. Not a member of a clan but not disassociated either, his only direction is dictated by his love for his younger sister and mother.
A very enjoyable read, Chima creates an array of interesting characters in a complex world of those who have and those who have not. While her exposition is a little too fact oriented, once the reader comprehends the world of the seven realms, there is no putting the book aside.
Those who enjoyed The Bartimaeus Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, Graceling, and Fire will enjoy this book.
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