The Warrior Heir - Heir Chronicles, Bk 1 Author:Cinda Williams Chima Before he knew about the Roses, fourteen-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high-schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident t... more »han ever before. And it feels great until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts. Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind - part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At the head of this magical society sit the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir. As if his bizarre magical heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind ... he's one of the last of the warriors at a time when both houses are scouting for a player. Jack's performance on the soccer field has alerted the entire magical community to the fact that he's in Trinity. And until one of the houses is declared Jack's official sponsor, there are no limits to what they'll do to get Jack to fight for them....« less
It's always great to stumble upon a new, great book. But happening upon a new great series? That's even better.
I can't say enough good things about The Warrior Heir, the first of a three-book series by Cinda Williams Chima. It's a story that, like Harry Potter, does an excellent job of straddling the "real" modern world and a fantastic second reality filled with wizards, warriors, enchanters, sorcerers and other magical folk.
The story follows Jack Swift, a 16-year-old boy from Ohio that has lived an uneventful life since recovering from a heart defect as a baby. He takes medication every day, but other than that, he's normal as can be. Until he misses a dose one day and finds himself stronger, faster and more aggressive than ever before, able to outperform his friends on the soccer field and full of unexplained power. That little slip of mind opens the door to an epic tale that spans continents and generations, as Jack struggles to define his role as warrior or wizard while still working on just being a teenage boy.
I can't wait to get my hands on the next book of the series, The Wizard Heir. I had never heard of Chima before, and I'm so glad I discovered her books. She writes with a strong and distinct voice, and the characters she develops are very easy to care about. It sounds like the biggest players from this book also have a role in the rest of the series, so I can't wait to see what lies in store for Jack and the rest of the gang in the future. [close]
This was a pretty good YA story. It wasn't complicated and it was an easy read. The first half of the story was a little slow going, but things really picked up during the second half. I thought Jack was a likable character. He was thrown into his situation unaware of his magical abilities, but he did a great job handling it. He showed signs of maturity without becoming a brat, which was refreshing. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Kyla V. reviewed The Warrior Heir (Heir Chronicles, Bk 1) on
This is a great book. I won it at a library bingo night and postponed reading it for a while. When I eventually read it, the book was amazing. It was so great I ran out and got the second book and I am currently reading it.
Jack enjoys his normal life in Trinity, Ohio. He spends time with his best friends, goes to school, and is extremely excited about soccer tryouts. Jack is very healthy, despite the thick scar that resides above his heart and the medicine he has to take every day. Life is ordinary - until he forgets to take his medicine.
Soccer tryouts are a breeze. Jack has never felt so alive, and when his nemesis, Lobeck, gets in his way, Jack slams him into the goal - without touching him. Jack doesn't realize he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people, and when he sent Lobeck flying into the soccer net, the magic he released acted as a signal to others around him.
Jack, destined to be a wizard but born without his stone, was saved by a leader of the White Rose. The moment Jack's life was saved, his destiny changed. Now, with a warrior stone behind his heart, he is meant to fight for the White Rose in a magical tournament - if he survives until his magic fully manifests.
Jack is one of the last warriors and both the Red and the White houses want him to fight for them. Whichever house wins the fight-to-the-death tournament has the power to control the magical community.
In a world full of wizards, warriors, seers, sorcerers, and enchanters, Jack doesn't know who to trust. Nothing around him is as it seemed.
THE WARRIOR HEIR is the first in a trilogy by Cinda Williams Chima. The story contains many lovable characters, including Jack's two Anaweir (non-magical) best friends. Even though Fitch and Will don't have magical powers, they find a way to be instrumental in Jack's struggle for survival.
THE WARRIOR HEIR is a delightful fantasy. You'll definitely want to read the next two in the series, THE WIZARD HEIR and THE DRAGON HEIR.