The Dragon Heir (The Heir Chronicles Series #3)

The Dragon Heir (The Heir Chronicles Series #3)

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by Cinda Williams Chima

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
In the aftermath of a magical attack, Madison Moss has a lot on her mind. Since she absorbed a blow meant to kill her boyfriend Seph, she is experiencing some very strange aftereffects. Then she receives word that she must return home to Appalachia to take care of her siblings. Returning home, though, she finds that her very home is threatened and she must protect it and her family. Meanwhile, Jason has found the Dragonheart, a powerful talisman. As Jason and Seph try to protect Trinity while Madison deals with her problems at home, their enemies plot to gain the Dragonheart. While the entire book is a well-written, traditional fantasy, the sections with Madison are particularly engaging. Her family situation is one not usually seen in fantasy and it provides a refreshing counterpoint to the fantastic elements of the story. Madison is such a strong character that she almost lessens the interest the reader might have in the other characters. Still, the reader will enjoy following the adventures of Madison and her friends in the conclusion to the "Heir" trilogy. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
VOYA - Melissa Moore
Jason Haley has to find a way to make a difference. Discovering the dragon's hoard might be the ticket, but Leander Hastings makes Jason take the amulets, sword, and most important, the Dragonheart, to Trinity, Ohio, for safe keeping. Ever since Madison Moss took the hit of dark magic intended for Seph McCauley, she has had terrifying nightmares, and her touch makes Seph ill. Warren Barber, Claude and Devereaux D'Orsay, and the heads of the White and Red Roses seek to control the Dragonheart stone, the source of power for the magical guilds. As unlikely alliances form and Weir converge on Trinity, the stage is set for the final battle. The thrilling Heir Trilogy concludes with this beautifully directed tale of color and character, smells and spells. The backstory of the Dragonheart and the creation of the guilds are complex. Characters are developed in depth rather than breadth, giving the tale an even greater richness than the first two novels. Some characters surprise with their actions-or lack thereof-giving the tale an unpredictability often not found in fantasy. With almost each chapter comes a change in focus, and yet each thread pulls together from across the globe to center in Trinity, creating a Weirweb destined to draw in readers. Reviewer: Melissa Moore
School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up

In this final installment in the trilogy, Chima spins a finely structured tale that roars to a satisfying conclusion. For readers new to the series, there is considerable work to be done sorting out the plot and the relationships among the various characters, but after a while the power of the story takes over. The wizarding world is fractured and at war with itself. The only hope for peace lies in those few unaffiliated gifted ones (wizards, warriors, enchanters) in the sanctuary of the town of Trinity. As the novel opens, one of these characters, Jason, steals into the hold of another faction and walks out with a mysterious magical object that appears to be extremely powerful: the Dragonheart. When he brings it back to Trinity, the town and its treasure become the focus of the other factions. The action is largely propelled by the emotional needs and weaknesses of the characters, and not simply by their magical abilities. Madison Moss, whose ability to absorb magic enabled her to save her wizard boyfriend, is now a danger to Seph because she keeps leaking the toxic magic that she absorbed. Her fear that this will be discovered, along with her family problems, leads to her making decisions that put her and others in mortal danger. Maddie, along with Jason and Seph, is the central emotional focus, and it is the details of their lives that make the extraordinary plot twists exciting and compelling. Fans of the first two books are sure to love this one.-Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

Kirkus Reviews
Centuries of wizardly scheming, slavery and slaughter reap apocalyptic fallout in this final volume of Chima's trilogy. As the wizard Houses lay siege, magical refugees flock to the sanctuary of sleepy Trinity, Ohio, where adolescent wizards and warriors assume most of the burden of protecting the town, torn between the savage world of magic and the demands of school and family. Smuggling the immensely powerful Dragonheart talisman into Trinity triggers a cascade of heroism, intrigue, courage, deception, sacrifice and betrayal, as six increasingly desperate teenagers seek to master it before everything they love is destroyed. Heroes and villains alike are swayed by achingly human motivations into disastrous choices with devastating consequences. The graphic violence and the shifting narrative push this into YA territory, but it is anchored there by the agonizing withdrawal of adult support and the overwhelming sense that these young people are abruptly forced to take responsibility for a world they had no hand in creating. The resolution is-like the end of childhood itself-tentatively hopeful, if not triumphant. A superlative accomplishment. (Fantasy. YA)

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Disney Press
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Heir Chronicles Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir; The Wizard Heir and The Dragon Heir. Cinda is a graduate of the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her husband. Visit her on the web at

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The Dragon Heir (Heir Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 415 reviews.
Powers414 More than 1 year ago
Looking for a book upon epic proportions? Then go out and pick up The Dragon Heir, by Cinda Williams Chima, with the fights of good versus bad, bad versus bad and even the occasional good versus good. This book has what you need, fight scenes, love stories, betrayals, mysterious magical items and so much more! Seph is no ordinary seventeen year old boy, nor is his cousin Jack and so many others as well, for they have Weir Stones, a magical stone genetically passed down by their ancestors which give them each powers. Among the six different types of stones, Seph has a wizard stone, Jack would have as well, but due to conditions, was left with a warrior stone. Along with more Weir (powered) friends and a few anaweir (powerless) friends, they try to stop the Rose guilds from regaining power over the lesser guilds. Along with Maddie, who has powers of her own as well, an elicitor, who sucks up magic instead of using it, like a sponge in water. Maddie refuses to fight, on either side, but when push comes to shove, she'll have to decide on whether or not to help. Especially now that a villain they had forgotten about at their last encounter with him at Second Sister has appeared with something powerful of his own, but only if he gets the right people for it. But little does he know, elicitors maybe be few but they run in packs. With Leesha Middleton, another wizard, under his control he can sneak through and find out what he needs to know without ever being discovered. If only she was as loyal as he hoped. But with the Roses struggling to regain power, Seph relies on what is called wizard flame, a magic enhancer, not only to be able to protect the barrier to protect him. The author used the narrator to help explain the reasons for things and the backgrounds of most people; she uses foreshadowing but shows it greatly as Jack reads into the future to discover a major lose in his life. She also uses action sequences during the war between the Roses and the weir of Trinity, Ohio, and uses slow motion action to help show the drama during the war, but is also straight to the point in her dialect, especially when it draws closer to the war. She shows greatly how powerful and stubborn when Nick Snowbeard, a very ancient and powerful wizard says, "it's not in his nature to ask for help," after he had just forcefully put Seph to sleep after maintaining the barrio for twenty-four hours straight. If magic, wizardry and all things fantasy, this is a great book to pick up, it's full of action, puzzles, and even a romantic story or two. But to better understand it pick up The Warrior Heir and The Wizard Heir, the first two in the Heir series, both as action pact as this book and full of great magic filled sequences. And remember to never give, even when chances seem slim, always fight until the end.
Ravenclaww More than 1 year ago
After a week or two of reading, with many distrcations may I add, I finally finished the book today and let me tell you, I love it. The battle was just what I wanted with a little bit of everything thrown in between. I imagined everything in my head as if a movie were playing out, and at times I found myself looking up, to see if there was a fire. (It's like I can see the book come to life so yea haha.) Cinda Williams Chima has created an amazing world here with characters that I loved and loved to hate. The novel is full of twists and turns that keep you turning the next page and even now, hours after finishing the book, I'm still like WOW! All I can really say is that this series is amazing and you should defintely read it. Congratulatina Cinda Williams Chima
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of The Warrior Heir and The Wizard Heir, so I was really excited when this book came out. While I did enjoy it, it left something to be desired. Certain parts I really enjoyed, but I felt that something was missing. The plot got kind of crazy (not in a bad way), and I wasn't entirely satisfied with the end. However, I definitely still recommend to read it - you can't read the first two and not go all the way! Still worth your time and money - I hope this helps :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book of betrail and fights will leterly leave you spellbound. Once you start you'll all but be able to put it down. READ THIS BOOK AND EAT MEH COOKIES!
Xavean More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the book yet and Now unfortunatly I'm not sure i will. Why do people insist on giving away story details in their reviews. That infuriates me. We are reading the reviews to try and determine if this book is a worthwhile read. Not to skip to the last page of the book. We don't want to know who dies and who lives. Granted that one detail may or may not make the book in itself but why put that in your review. Anyway for the rest of you who have not yet read this book. Do not read any futher reviews unless you want part of the story ruined for you. Most of the future reviews rate this as a good book, with a realistic ending more so than a happy ever after ending for all. Leave it at that.
The_RedBaron More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Heir was the most steeply disappointing book in the Heir series, because of the lack of substance given to the reader. In the past two books The Warrior Heir and The Wizard Heir the reader is given two very likeable characters that just cannot seem to fit into normal life. These two characters, Jack and Seph fall very close to home in the ways that they think, and act in ways that in some cases the reader can understand and appreciate. The same cannot be said for The Dragon Heir. Many of the questions presented from the very first chapter of the book are not solved until the very end, in a very rushed manner I might add. Some of the questions involving Jason are just dropped off and are never answered, which is as you can imagine a very frustrating occurrence. Maudie on the other hand, has her problems solved almost as an after-thought at the very end of the book. Surely the author could have produced a more thrilling way to conclude a three book series? Thrown into the normal mix of personal drama and looming wizard war is the prospect of a massive battle between the Rose houses and the newly established sanctuary. Sounds exciting right? Wrong. Chima does not embellish the fight scenes nearly at all, and keeps them as brief and dull as possible in some scenes. Very disappointing to find out after all the fighting and build-up throughout the series that the author cannot organize a mass engagement of characters in an interesting manner. All-in-all I give this book a 6 out of 10. Just because of the lack of closure that is described. I would only recommend this book for someone looking for a reading experience that is slightly below great expectations.
Jillo725 More than 1 year ago
I think the author ran out of ideas when she got to this book. It was just more of the same events that happened in the other two books. In the very middle, it's like she had no way to transition from one event to the next, so she just skipped whole sections. I feel like this one took way to long to get to the point, and then when it finally got there ended. I'm disappointed with the structure of the book. This is not to say that it was a horrible read, just thrown together haphazardly. The story line is predictable and the end doesn't really surprise you. bleh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good with a great plot and story line. It was a dangerous and exciting book that will keep you at the edge of your seat during the whole book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book and the other two books in the series. It was a very absorbing story that was hard to put down. I think the characters are very easy to connect with, and the pace of the story is steady. I think this was definitely a good series of books to find.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite fantasy because it combined magic and might in a setting people can under stand instead of medieval times or the distant future. I think the theme would be not to underestimate women. You should read them in order or you may be confused because the series of events in the books are so intertwined that you fell like you are missing some crucial information. The book flows quite well and it is easy to read. It is just as good in my opinion as the inheritance series. By my high standards of a fantasy novel this book was great. The only bad thing is it is hard to tell whose point of view you are reading about. I think there should be more books that tell how Madison's little sister deals with being an elictor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The last book of the Heir trilogy is marvelous! It has action, it takes you deeper into the characters and truly get to know them for who they are. There are twists and turns that you won't be able to guess. (And I'm rather good at calling stuff!) Overall, it has everything a successful novel needs, and that is why it so amazingly good! All fantasy readers will love this book. It is up there with the best fantasy writers of all time.
Anonymous 5 days ago
This book should have been the final of the series. Ik there's 2 after it but really I'm not interested in picking them up from the reviews and knowledge about the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First all, I did enjoy this series. I'm an avid ya and na reader. And this series had some really good points and unique areas. Characterization in the first two books was on point. Flow was good and I just could not put the books down. This one, however, was slow. I actually read it over the course of several days where I didn't even try to open it sometimes, completely different from how I felt about the first two. Everything was just really dragged out. What was the point of focusing on some aspects of Maddie's hometown? Or the point behind Linda and Hastings trip? Then the ending finally came and there was the option to have a wonderful story ended with a brilliant summary. But instead, there was an odd death with poor execution, characters not acting in line with previous characterization, convenient plugs for plot holes, and everything rushed to a close. No mention of what the Roses would do, someone falls very nicely off a cliff. There is no details in the ending nor as has previously been mentioned in the battle scenes. The author tried very hard to keep what would have been an amazing New Adult series at a pg, middle school level. I would have loved if she had branched it a bit older and really explored the angst that flowed naturally from the storyline. I fear I have little desire to read the 4th book beyond just finishing the series. I still liked the books. I still think they are worth the read. But I would have rather have borrowed them then owned them. There a whole world here to be explored almost in line with JK Rowling's universe if the author had just kept fleshing it out and pushing. Still I enjoyed the books.
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A great continuom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Madison moss had a lot happening and therefore should have told Seph. Had she of done that, then she would have helped more and not had J.R. and Grace kidnapped. By the by, Carlene is a terrible mother and i would have loved for her to be stolen instead because she was very useless and deserved to die. Also the Ropers should of had more to do with the war such as joining the Roses and trying to kill Seph to get back at Madison
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Even though I did like this conclusion of the heir trilogy, I felt there were many areas lacking, places where it just did not make sense. Key figures leave the sanctuary where they were needed most and the reason not really substantiated. I felt Madison should have confided to someone and worked out her problem, even Jason would have been a good one to talk to. We were given hints about many of the characters but no details. It just had some holes that were never really filled. Even our heroic loss seemed to have been preventable. I did however like the way in which the dragon scene plays out. And it does have a fairly happy ending. I would have liked more explanations in the end and more from our characters.