Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Warrior Heir By Cinda Williams Chima|Review

The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles #1)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 27th 2007
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 426
Format: Hardcover

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.

My Thoughts

Jack is an ordinary teenager living with a heart defect that nearly killed him as an infant. He has a love for soccer and sailing. His life was great until one genealogical outing in a graveyard changes his life forever. A whole medieval culture is thrust upon him, introducing him to new people, places, and powers. It has long been believed that wizards, enchanters, sorcerers, anything magical of that sort only existed in fairy tales. Unaware of the corruption and danger lurking in the ancient secret society, Born as a wizard without a stone, Jack soon discovers that's not what everyone believes he is to be. As desperate attempt to save his life, a new stone was implanted within Jack, one that would everything in the new society. Jack accepts the challenges thrown at him; battling mysterious adversaries over his great-great grandmother's grave, casting a myriad of spells, and discussing combat strategies and jokes with long dead warriors. Jack quickly finds himself thrown into a battle was he is determined to step away without any bloodshed. But he faces the wrath of the dragon if each warrior steps away with their heads still attached to their bodies. 
This is by far one of my favorite series! I love how complex the stories are and how they intermingle with each other. Each time I read them, I go back and catch why a certain character spoke that way or why they acted as they did. Speaking of the characters, they are all well developed, bringing their own unique personalities to push the story further along. The wording was straight and to the point during the more action packed scenes and more calm and descriptive in the more tense scenes. There is something for everyone in this series. There is romance, humor, action, and emotion. An excellent read for anyone looking for an adventure into the world of magic.

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