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The Seven Realms Series is a fictional series by Cinda Williams Chima. The story follows the lives of Han Alister, a former thief, and Raisa Ana’Marianna, Princess Heir to the Fells. Even though both come from different backgrounds, they wind up intermingled in a race to keep the balance of the kingdom. All along, trying to find a place to call their own.
When 16-year-old Han Alister and his Clan friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that this event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten everything he cares about. Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar, to prevent him from using it against them. Later he learns that it has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. The Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back. Han’s life is complicated enough. He’s the former streetlord of the Raggers—a street gang in the city of Fellsmarch. His street name, Cuffs, comes from the mysterious silver bracelets he’s worn all his life—cuffs that are impossible to take off. Now Han’s working odd jobs, helping to support his family, and doing his best to leave his old life behind. Events conspire against him, however. When members of a rival gang start dying, Han naturally gets the blame. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles to fight. As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s just spent three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai Camp—riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Now court life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of tight shoes. Wars are raging to the south, and threaten to spread into the high country. After a long period of quiet, the power of the Wizard Council is once again growing. The people of the Fells are starving and close to rebellion. Now more than ever, there’s a need for a strong queen. But Raisa’s mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted by the handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells. Raisa feels like a cage is closing around her—and an arranged marriage and eroded inheritance is the least of it. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. With the help of her friend, the cadet Amon Byrne, she navigates the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she can unravel the conspiracy coalescing around her before it’s too late.
Hanson Alister, Han for short, is the first protagonist that the reader meets. He comes off as the tragic hero or the dangerous charmer throughout the series, and goes by various names. In his early life as a streetlord (a ganglord in the city of Fellsmarch), he went by Cuffs Alister (referring to a permanent pair of silver handcuffs he has worn since birth, which became his gang trademark); to the clans he spent his summers with, he went by the name of Hunts Alone. Growing up, Hanson led a gang known as the Raggers, which he left for his younger sister's safety. Hanson tells his young mother that he wants to start a life with an honest living. This would normally take him to the clans in the Spirit Mountains, where he learned hunting, botany, and other fresh-air trades, as well as acting as delivery boy for the mysterious Lucius Frowsley. Now Han is seventeen and comes across Micah Bayar and his cousins, while hunting with his clan foster brother Fire Dancer. The other boys are wizards, who have started a magical forest fire (supposedly so that Princess Raisa and her mother can hunt upland deer). After a standoff, Han takes Micah's amulet (a necessary magical piece for spells); this sparks a series of events including Hanson being accused of murders he did not commit, kidnapping a disguised Princess Raisa, and accidentally causing the death of his sister and mother after a standoff with Lord Bayar (Micah Bayar's father). Taking refuge again with the Spirit clans, Han learns that he is actually the descendant of the famously villainous Demon King and a wizard himself (his silver cuffs have drained his natural magic since birth). Han agrees to travel with Fire Dancer to Oden's Ford, a wizard university, where he will learn wizardry and champion the clans against wizards led by the Bayars. (Han's amulet is actually a relic of the Breaking that once belonged to the Demon King and from it allows Hans to use magic that modern wizards are not able to perform.
Hans appearance is considered that of a handsome young man with a scar near his right eye. His appearance and personality has resulted in several flirtations with females throughout the series. He once wore silver cuffs around his wrists which were removed when he left to learn magic. Since the beginning of his education his appearance changes to that of a blueblood person with change of clothes and style and personality in order to fit in with the other bluebloods(upperclass). It has been said that Hans has a face for different situations. He has a face of the former thief who isn't afraid of violence then he can swiftly change to a charming young man that wins the hearts of women.
Raisa ana Marianna, also known as Rebecca Morley, Briar Rose, or Brianna Trailwalker, is the princess heir of the Fells (later crowned queen.) She is known to be stubborn and ill tempered but has a kind heart. She is shown to believe in justice such as when she starts a prison escape just to save tortured Raggers. Raisa is 16 years old and is short with long, thick black hair. Her skin is said to be honey coloured and her eyes emerald. She is said to be very beautiful, with a waist a man can put his two hands around. At the beginning of the series she is shown to be very naive such as when she told Han he would be given a fair trial if he gave himself in, but over the series she becomes more realistic. Her best friend is Amon Byrne, the captain of her guard. They once shared a fling but that quickly ended when Raisa learned of the Bonding (The Exiled Queen). They remained best friends throughout the series. Oden's Ford: She left her queendom when her mother tried to force her into an illegal marriage, to Micah Bayar, under the influence of the High Wizard. The marrying of a queen to a wizard consort has been banned since the Næming- the ceremony which was done by the Queen Hanalea in order to save the world from the Demon King in the Breaking. Raisa then traveled to Oden's Ford, the best academy in all of the Seven Realms. She is accompanied by Amon and his triple, with whom she forms close bonds with. There she crosses path with Han Alister who only knows her as Rebecca Morley. They quickly become entangled with each other. It is shown throughout the 3rd book that they both have deep feelings for one another. Her relationship with her mother isn't the best because her mother, Queen Marianna, favoured her younger sister, Princess Mellony, more than her. Raisa and the queen are complete opposites, even in their appearance. Even though the relationship between her mother and Raisa is not optimal, she is very sad when her mother dies, leaving her as queen. At the end of the series she gets married to Han Alister. Raisa takes after her father, Lord Averill Demonai. Her crest is Briar Roses.
First appearing in The Demon King, the character of Amon Byrne is introduced after he comes back from Wien House in Oden's Fort. Princess Raisa and Amon grew up as childhood best friends despite their difference in station but were forced together due to the lack of children in court. They are still very close. There is a steadfast romantic attraction that follows the two of them throughout several of the books, but the difference in their stations this time keeps them apart. Throughout the series, Amon is completely concerned with Princess Raisa's safety and makes that clear to her numerous times, mostly to her dismay. Amon is also very blunt and straight to the point. Eventually he becomes the Captain of the Queen's Guard. He is the son of Edon Byrne who was the Captain of the Queen's Guard before him. He is also the commander of the Grey Wolves and attends Wien House in Oden's Fort with Princess Raisa for a time and is a cadet there.