Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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.

The Warrior Heir was Cinda Williams Chima's debut novel. You all should know by now that I absolutely love her Seven Realms series. So how did this one measure up?

I started this book on April 29th and just finished it last night. That might be a record for me. It was S.L.O.W. I love Chima's writing style--I think she's brilliant--but this book was really hard for me to get into. I loved the storyline, but some parts of the book were a bit too...wordy. It wasn't until the last 100 pages that I really got into it and loved it. And then it ended. Go figure, right?  

I liked Jack very much. He was more mature and more fierce than any sixteen-year-old I've ever met. He did everything he thought he had to do to protect the people he loved. I liked that about him. I liked Ellen, and I wish I would have seen more of her in the book, learned more about her. I loved Will though. I think he stole the show a little bit for me. It's always a great thing to have some muscle on your side when people are trying to kill you and your friends. I loved that he was so loyal to Jack and tried to help him in any way he could. And he didn't freak out too much when tons of weird crap started happening. You have to give him props for that. :)

I would recommend this book. It was really a good story--just be prepared to commit a week or longer to reading it. There are two more books in this series--The Wizard Heir and The Dragon Heir. If this is anything like her current series, they'll just keep getting better and better.

Now that I finally can tuck this away, I have quite a few books that I can't wait to get to next! Keep stopping by-summer is the best time to read!

Happy Reading!

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