The Warrior Heir (#1 The Heir Chronicles)

Posted: July 9, 2013 in Reviews, Young Adult
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Author: Cinda Williams Chima

Paperback, 426 pages

Published in 2007 by Hyperion Paperbacks

Reader Category: Younger (contains some violence, use judgement)

From the Publisher: Before he knew about the Roses, sixteen-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 losses 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 their helm sits 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 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 Review:  This is a great book for younger and older readers alike.  It is easy enough to read for mid-grade levels yet good enough to hold the attention of older readers.  In this first book of the Heir Chronicles we meet Jack, a high school soccer player who has no idea how drastically his life is about to change.  He has been given medicine his entire life that dampens his warrior abilities.  When he forgets to take his medicine ,his powers manifest and he is incredibly strong.  Once the houses find out his location, each house begins trying to “recruit” him to fight to the death and shift the balance of power in their favor.  

When I first read this book it reminded me of Harry Potter.  The premise of the hidden abilities/identity of the main character and the entirely new world that they are thrust into are similar but that is where the similarities end.  If you enjoy fantasy novels, this is one you shouldn’t miss.

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