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 ruling 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, they'll stop at nothing to get Jack to fight for them
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Paperback, 426 pages
Published April 2007 by Hyperion
REVIEW: Wow...that's a huge summary from goodreads. Haha..i guess i don't need to explain the story now :P.
I've read only one book by the same author and i loved it so much that next day i bought the whole boxset for the Heir Chronicles. There was no doubt i would like it too. And i was right. Ms. Chima is one of my favorite writers. She takes me into the book and losing myself. With the right amount of descriptions, action, romance, fun scenes, surprising turns, great characters and every time and original story in a world not like any other out there. You might need to wait some time for her books to come time, but i don't mind at all. Totally worth it.
In the first book you follow Jack's POV (finally some boy pointviews!) who is such a great guy. He is a good person. Honorable and cares for the people around him. It's no surprise he is one of the most popular guys at Trinity. And not because he is cute but for his character. I like how he takes his time to get used to what's happening to him and actually searching a way out of the problems instead of be "yeah i'm the chosen one let's do it".
The rest of the characters are geeks, an athlete, dark magicians, evil guys. But all of them has a strong history behind which explains what they are and how they act.
Easily one of my favorite books and highly recommended it by me. And if you don't like it, it's written in a way of a stand alone novel so no reason to go on because of a cliffhanger or anything.
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. Unfortunately it’s not his attitude that’s the problem. It’s the trail of magical accidents—lately, disasters—that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained—and now that the only person who could protect him has died, his powers are escalating out of control.
After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys’ school on the coast of Maine. At first, it seems like the answer to his prayers. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards. But Seph's enthusiasm dampens quickly when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own mysterious agenda.
In this companion novel to the exciting fantasy The Warrior Heir, everyone's got a secret to keep: Jason Haley, a fellow student who’s been warned to keep away from Seph; the enchanter Linda Downey, who knew his parents; the rogue wizard Leander Hastings, and the warriors Jack Swift and Ellen Stephenson. This wizard war is one that Seph may not have the strength to survive.
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Paperback, 458 pages
Published June 2008 by Hyperion
REVIEW: Second book of the series and my personal favorite.
The author makes the story more exciting and more serious. And this time you need to read the next book as well. Her style stays the same with the right amount of what a story needs. And this time we are going deeper into her world and getting to know more of the wizards' history and community.
The book is written by the POV of a new character, away from the evens of the previous book. Seph, is really different than Jack. He didn't have his good life, family or even friends. His was always on the move and while he knew about his powers is unable to control them. He is probably the strongest character (not only in ability or strength but mentally too). His has his bad moments and we learn more about him, through his struggle to find his way.
Characters of the previous book come along at some point. Surprisingly you get to know the whole story behind of the two of the mysterious persons of Jack's environment. Something that made me extremely happy since they were my favorites too.
I highly doubt the story could have had a better sequel than that.
The covenant that was meant to keep the wizard wars at bay has been stolen, and Trinity must prepare for attack. Everyone is doing their part -- Seph is monitoring the Weirwalls; Jack and Ellen are training their ghostly army; even Anaweir Will and Fitch are setting booby traps around the town's perimeter. But to Jason Haley, it seems like everyone wants to keep him out of the action. He may not be the most powerful wizard in Trinity, but he's prepared to fight for his friends. When Jason finds a powerful talisman --a huge opal called the Dragonheart--buried in a cave, his role takes on new importance. The stone seems to sing to Jason's very soul -- showing him that he is meant for more than anyone guessed. Trinity's guardians take the stone away after they realize that it may be a weapon powerful enough to save them all. Without any significant power of his own, and now without the stone, what can Jason possibly do to help the people he cares about -- and to prove his mettle?Madison Moss can feel the beating heart of the opal, too. The desire for it surges through her, drawing her to it. But Maddie has other things besides the Dragonheart on her mind. She has a secret. Ever since absorbing the magical blow that was meant to kill Seph, she's been leaking dark powers. Although Maddie herself is immune to magic, what would her friends think if they knew what kind of evil lay within her? Trinity's enemies are as enthusiastic about her powers as she is frightened. They think they can use her to get to the Dragonheart -- and they'll use anyone Maddie cares about to make her steal the stone for them.
Moral compasses spin out of control as a final battle storms through what was once a sanctuary for the gifted. With so much to lose, what will Jason and Maddie be willing to fight for -- and what will they sacrifice? Every man is for himself in this thrilling conclusion to the Heir trilogy.
The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Paperback, 528 pages
Published 2008 by Hyperion
REVIEW: And again wow at the summary. At least it's nothing more than the first two chapters. LOL.
Last book of the series and most different than the rest. For starters, instead of one character we see through 4-5 different ones. All seen in the previous books. Even that way, there are two main characters we follow mostly. Jason and Madisson, both previously seen at Wizard's Heir.
Both are my least favorite characters. Especially Maddison. She is a bit annoying and i can't connect with her that much. I kinda liked that i didn't like her. It means that not all the heroes are necessarily lovable.
Jason is just not that interesting. He mostly messes with everyone plans because he doesn't feel important.
Even though the book is my least favorite, it's still more serious than the rest. The teens now have to became adults and take hard decisions. Nothing stable and everywhere there is danger. The really don't know who to trust. Some of them push themselves to much and have problems. You finally get answers to every question you have. And i can say that many characters die. You don't get the best happy ending but mostly a more normal ending fitting the situation.