Friday, August 6, 2010

The Warrior Heir

The Warrior Heir
The Warrior Heir
By Cinda Williams Chima

# of Pages: 448
Age Range: 12-14+
Rating: 4/5

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-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 than 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.

Warrior Heir was a wonderfully written modern day fantasy with a twist – wizards! The story begins with main character, Jack, skipping his medicine for a day and ends up feeling better than ever. The story takes off from there when Jack begins to question the reality of the life he lives. With an unexpected twist at the end of the story, I can't wait to read the next book in this series to see what will happen next with The Weir.

A great book overall, there were a few slow parts of the book that kept it from getting a five star rating. Besides that though, do not be turned off by the seemingly "boyish" cover, this is still a great fantasy novel and another excellent display of Cinda Williams Chima's writing abilities.

If you like this book be sure to check out:

Demon King, The (A Seven Realms Novel)
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

Visit Cinda Williams Chima HERE


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