Book Reviews of The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2)

The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2)
The Wizard Heir - The Heir, Bk 2
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
ISBN-13: 9781423104872
ISBN-10: 1423104870
Publication Date: 5/1/2007
Pages: 462
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 17

4.5 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Hardcover
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

9 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 158 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I expected to enjoy The Wizard Heir after devouring its prequel, The Warrior Heir, earlier this year. Once again, Cinda Williams Chima did not disappoint.

In the second installment of her Heir trilogy, the characters I fell in love with in The Warrior Heir are still present, but this story focuses on Seph McCauley, an untrained young wizard with incredible untapped power.

Seph knows he's a wizard, but as an orphan, knows nothing about his parents, his Weir lineage or how to develop his magic skills. Until age 16, he's made it through on his good looks, trust fund and the "persuasive" personality inherent to wizards. Unfortunately, Seph loses control after being drugged at a party one night, and causes a tragic warehouse fire. As a result, he is sent by his trustee to Havers, a small, elite school for boys isolated in the Maine wilderness.

Instead of being just another boring prep school, Seph quickly learns that the staff and alumni of Havers are wizards of the worst kind, bent on tapping into Seph's power and exploiting it for their own political gain. The story revolves around Seph coming to understand and control his own power, as well as finding his family and himself in the process.

I absolutely adored this book. Chima writes beautifully, and as a reader, it's very easy to care about her characters. One of the things I enjoyed most was the local northern Ohio flavor that permeates her stories. "Trinity" (a fictionalized composite of Port Clinton and Catawba Island, from what I can gather) is basically where I actually grew up, and the book is peppered with regional references to locations and attractions such as Lakeside, the western Lake Erie basin, well-known public beaches and "Second Sister Island" (probably West Sister island, actually). Those familiar elements made me enjoy the story more, although you don't have to be from Ohio to love Chima's stories. They stand on their own.

I can't wait to finish the trilogy with The Dragon Heir soon. The Wizard Heir laid a solid foundation and helped advance the story well, but I'm very anxious for the conclusion and to find out what happens to Jack, Ellen, Seph, Maddie and the rest of Chima's colorful characters.
reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 1520 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
If you thought Hogwarts was hard on Harry Potter, The Havens academy will make you change your mind. Young Seph McCauley has been tossed out of several private schools for 'making trouble.' The trouble stems from magical accidents, since Seph is an untrained wizard. The headmaster of The Havens is determined to make use of Seph's power---either that or kill him.

From back cover:
'You must be the famous Seph McCauley.' Alicia looked him up and down as though she were used to being disappointed, then extended her ringed fingers.
'Pleased to meet you,' he said, gripping her hand.
It was like sticking his hand into an electrical outlet. For a long moment they stood frozen, the current flowing between them. Then they both dropped their hands, took a step back, and stood staring at one another. All his life, people had reacted to his touch. And now he knew what it was like.
She recovered first. 'Well, well, she said, studying him with new interest, running her tongue over red-stained lips. 'You are the powerful one, aren't you?'
'I get by, Seph said, massaging his tingling fingers.
reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 7145 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

Sixteen-year-old Seph (Joseph) McCauley is a double orphan. His parents died in a tragic accident so long ago that he doesn't remember them. (At least that's what the paperwork says; Seph's pretty sure it's fake.) Not too long ago he lost Genevieve, the woman who raised him and cared for him. Since then he's been shipped from town to town, from school to school. The only thing that stays the same is the reason he keeps having to leave. Weird things happen around Seph--birds attacking, explosions, fires--and the last time, somebody died. Seph knows that if he could find someone to train him, he could control, or harness, or even use his magic. If it doesn't happen soon, he might just self-destruct. Literally.

His latest prison is an all-boys school in the middle of nowhere on the coast of Maine. Seph expected that the other students might be a bit different from what he's used to, but these kids are beyond weird. And the teachers, well, that's a whole other thing. Wonder of all wonders, the headmaster, Gregory Leicester, is a wizard, and wants to train Seph! It seems his prayers have been answered. But something still feels - off. The way the students behave towards the headmaster, the way the other teachers treat him, the "research students" in the special dorm... Leicester seems to want more than Seph is willing to give. A battle of wills, of frightening proportion, begins. The more Leicester wants him to do something, the less Seph is willing to give in. The only answer is escape or death. But what if escape is just the beginning?

Fun, exciting, non-stop reading. I didn't let it out of my sight until I found the time to finish it. I think I may have a crush on Seph. What can I say; I like the dark, edgy guys.

There is another book written by the author that fits in the timeline before this, called THE WARRIOR HEIR. That book is not at all necessary to read first. I haven't read it yet, and I really liked this book. Although you can bet I plan on devouring that one shortly! For readers of THE WARRIOR HEIR, I believe the main character is Jack, and rest assured he plays a big part in the second half of this book. Which gives me hope that Seph might turn up again.
reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 53 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The second book in the Heir Trilogy follows Seph McCauley, a sixteen year-old orphaned wizard with no training and a history of magical accidents following him from private school to private school. At a club in Toronto, he meets up with Alicia, who slips him a drug that causes him to start a fire where a friend dies. The school his guardian finds for him next is far away from civilization, and he soon realizes it is more prison than school. The headmaster, a wizard himself, soon tries to recruit Seph into his magical training program, but Seph shies away from the ceremony and soon finds himself being tormented night and day. As he continues to try to learn and stay sane, he gets drawn into wizard politics and a search for revenge that also leads to many more questions about his past.

This is a great young adult fantasy trilogy!
reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 7145 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

Sixteen-year-old Seph (Joseph) McCauley is a double orphan. His parents died in a tragic accident so long ago that he doesn't remember them. (At least that's what the paperwork says; Seph's pretty sure it's fake.) Not too long ago he lost Genevieve, the woman who raised him and cared for him. Since then he's been shipped from town to town, from school to school. The only thing that stays the same is the reason he keeps having to leave. Weird things happen around Seph--birds attacking, explosions, fires--and the last time, somebody died. Seph knows that if he could find someone to train him, he could control, or harness, or even use his magic. If it doesn't happen soon, he might just self-destruct. Literally.

His latest prison is an all-boys school in the middle of nowhere on the coast of Maine. Seph expected that the other students might be a bit different from what he's used to, but these kids are beyond weird. And the teachers, well, that's a whole other thing. Wonder of all wonders, the headmaster, Gregory Leicester, is a wizard, and wants to train Seph! It seems his prayers have been answered. But something still feels - off. The way the students behave towards the headmaster, the way the other teachers treat him, the "research students" in the special dorm... Leicester seems to want more than Seph is willing to give. A battle of wills, of frightening proportion, begins. The more Leicester wants him to do something, the less Seph is willing to give in. The only answer is escape or death. But what if escape is just the beginning?

Fun, exciting, non-stop reading. I didn't let it out of my sight until I found the time to finish it. I think I may have a crush on Seph. What can I say; I like the dark, edgy guys.

There is another book written by the author that fits in the timeline before this, called THE WARRIOR HEIR. That book is not at all necessary to read first. I haven't read it yet, and I really liked this book. Although you can bet I plan on devouring that one shortly! For readers of THE WARRIOR HEIR, I believe the main character is Jack, and rest assured he plays a big part in the second half of this book. Which gives me hope that Seph might turn up again.
reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 69 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Fabulous! Great Story, Part Deux! After reading The Warrier Heir, the first book in this series, I had to buy this book & Book 3, The Dragon Heir, because I am just totally hooked!

The Wizard Heir focuses on young Joseph McCauley, Seph for short, who is orphaned and just happens to also be a wizard. He is not trained in magic, however, and that ends up causing him some problems since he can't always control it.

Seph is a very likeable 16 year old and he meets a lot of other great characters in his quest to figure out who he really is, both inside and through his heritage. Lots of action and plenty of twists and turn make this a terrific read! Enjoy...
reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 36 more book reviews
Great companion novel to The Warrior Heir. I felt the weight of Seph's emotions at a few points in the book, and was cheering him on at others.
reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 168 more book reviews
A good book. It kept me reading, and I liked a lot of the characters. I liked Seph, but wasn't a huge fan of the way he dealt with people, i.e. using his magic to get them to tell him things. So, that aspect of his character deterred me from really liking him.

I did like that we got to see the previous book's characters, and how they were doing. I didn't like this book as much as the first, though. Maybe it's because there wasn't any mystery or build up in this one. I guessed pretty much everything, including the ending, long before I got to the ending.

Still, I will be reading the third installment.
reviewed The Wizard Heir (The Heir, Bk 2) on + 35 more book reviews
The continuation of the magical world Chima created in The Warrior Heir (some spoilers).

Personally I felt this story was more compelling than The Warrior Heir. This story took a lot less time to set up since many of the characters are returning from The Warrior Heir, and so the story moved faster.

I also felt that this book was much darker. In particular, the wizards use of nightmares as punishment or torture and the murdering of people who attempted to help or cared about Seph. This part really struck me. And for me really showed me the evil of those characters. I could really feel myself affected and feeling for Seph and his friends.

The writing is clear and easy to get through. I found myself moving through the story quickly and easily. But I was always intrigued, entertained or moved by the story.