What’s on the bookshelf: ‘The Gray Wolf Throne’

I love when a novel makes me impatient. Not in a this-is-ridiculous way, but in anticipation, excitement and a need to know the answer to my question. Well, questions in truth.

In a series where the politics are as shady as Washington and no one can get along, it’s still a guess who is trying to kill the princess heir as she tries to return to the Fells and claim her throne in Cinda Williams Chima’s “The Gray Wolf Throne” – the third book in her Seven Realm series. The usual players are the usual suspects, but by the end of the novel, there are more players on the board and more questions than answers.

With Chima’s books, however, the unanswered questions don’t bother me as much as they do with other writers. Chima has a way of charming the reader into “just one more chapter” or “just five more minutes.” In this case, I have to wait for book four to know the full extend of Chima’s fantastic political game of chess, which only makes me impatient. But from experience with her other books, I know the wait will be worth it.

What I also love about “The Gray Wolf Throne” is the foreshadowing. It calls into doubt the very truth of what the characters believe and has even driven me to reread a section of “The Demon King,” the first book, to make sure what I think I remember is correct. I’ve always been a firm believer in the truth setting someone free, and if I’ve caught Chima’s hints correctly, by the end of the next novel Raisa will have her foes in check.

As for book three, all hail the queen!