The Enchanter Heir (The Heir Chronicles Series #4)

The Enchanter Heir (The Heir Chronicles Series #4)

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by Cinda Williams Chima
     
 

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They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a network

Overview

They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a network that hunts the undead. Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah's life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions. Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards' suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Nightshade, bringing tensions between the groups to a head. Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid increasing concern that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

Editorial Reviews

Before the massacre, Thorn Hill seemed a peaceable place. In its aftermath, survivors were left with strange gifts. As a member of the Nightshade network, resident 17-year-old Jonah Kinlock now hunts the undead. But when person or persons unknown begin murdering members of the mainline Wizard Guild, the Nightshade members themselves become a target. As tensions escalate, Jonah and a hauntingly pretty new arrival realize that they must somehow ferret out the truth behind the killings.

From the Publisher
* "Chima orchestrates a world gravid with smoke and grit and sudden death, throbbing with hopeless longings, messy affections, festering resentments, passionate hungers, inevitable betrayals, and miraculous flashes of beauty and grace. A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

PRAISE FOR THE WIZARD HEIR

"Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully leaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales."—VOYA"

Intriguing plot and subplot teasers abound, and the book ends in a cliffhanger that will have readers roaring for the next entry. Chima continues to excel at building tension and populating her well-told tales with new and returning characters we want to know better."—Booklist

PRAISE FOR THE DRAGON HEIR"

Chima spins a finely structured tale that roars to a satisfying conclusion."—School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE WARRIOR HEIR

*"Chima offers a pitch-perfect blend of high fantasy and small-town reality..."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

PRAISE FOR THE WARRIOR HEIR

* "Twists and turns abound in this remarkable, nearly flawless debut novel that mixes a young man's coming-of-age with fantasy and adventure."—VOYA (starred review)

PRAISE FOR THE WIZARD HEIR"

Chima is a talented storyteller...a strong choice for teens seeking a rousing read."—The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

PRAISE FOR THE DRAGON HEIR

* "A superlative accomplishment."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

VOYA - Stacey Hayman
An unexplained tragedy left no adult survivors from the thriving Thorn Hill community in Brazil and less than a thousand children to be rescued and brought back to the States. These children were not just left with emotional scars, they were changed at their most basic magical and physical levels. Calling themselves savants, the Thorn Hill children have become teens with serious magical complications that make them dangerous to ignore; Jonah Kinlock can kill with a single touch. Torn between his gentle heart and his magic, Jonah is starting to question what he believes about the status quo when Emma Greenwood appears. True, Emma's got her own secrets, but there are intriguing hints that she might be the key to understanding what happened in Thorn Hill. Can Jonah battle his hormones, keep his deadly secret, and still win Emma's trust before it is too late? Teens will be more than relieved when they can finally put their hands on this next, long-awaited entry in the Heir Chronicles series. Jonah and Emma, along with a collection of secondary characters, deal with half-truths and lies hidden in their own histories while finding unexpected connections that continue developing storylines from previous books in the series. The fighting and weaponry will have strong appeal for boys, while the musical references will appeal to any teen interested in crafting their own music, lyrics, or poetry. The surprise ending, with plenty of loose threads left hanging, will intrigue and frustrate fans who now must begin to wait all over again. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—The fourth installment to Chima's "Heir Chronicles" centers around two teens, Jonah Kinlock and Emma Greenwood. Ten years earlier, a massacre killed off all adults, leaving just child survivors known as savants, who are mutants endowed with skills that, once brought under control, can be used in ways to contribute to the survival of the community. Many of the them, however, require heavy medication and rarely live to adulthood. Those that die turn into shades, zombielike creatures that retain the memories of their past life and inhabit dead bodies. Jonah is a talented musician, enchanter, and trained assassin. His skin is poisonous and he can kill from a simple touch; his job is to rid the world of shades. Emma is also a talented musician, but unlike Jonah, she is not aware of her special abilities. The teens are star-crossed lovers with overwhelming obstacles blocking their paths. As Emma's world slowly converges with Jonah's, both of their lives spin into a chaotic downward spiral. Scattered with musical references throughout, the book also tackles serious themes of disability and discrimination. The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers restless for more. For those in need of a quick refresher, the author provides a series guide on her website.—Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-08-15
Chima returns to her best-selling contemporary fantasy series with an entry that is almost entirely setup--but such delicious setup. Ten years ago, something terrible happened at the magical commune of Thorn Hill, a refuge from vicious Weir infighting. Thousands died, leaving only a few hundred young children, horribly damaged and with mutated gifts. Jonah is one of those survivors, born a charismatic and empathetic enchanter but now cursed with a killing touch, which he reluctantly employs to hunt down the undead spawn of the massacre. Meanwhile, Emma scarcely remembers Thorn Hill and knows nothing of her sorcerous heritage, until her grandfather's murder sends her fleeing into the epicenter of Weir intrigue, prejudice, accusations and assassination. There are so many complicated storylines introduced here--characters old and new, factions with shifting allegiances and agendas, plots and counterplots and secrets and lies--that the protagonists don't even meet for over 100 pages, and the volume ends on a grisly cliffhanger. Yet the twisty narrative works, propelled by the deft characterizations of tortured, frustrated, desperate Jonah and fierce, feral, determined Emma and held together by the ubiquitous soundtrack of the blues, both literally and metaphorically. Chima orchestrates a world gravid with smoke and grit and sudden death, throbbing with hopeless longings, messy affections, festering resentments, passionate hungers, inevitable betrayals, and miraculous flashes of beauty and grace. A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding. (Fantasy, 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423187899
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Heir Chronicles Series , #4
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
26,056
File size:
2 MB
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, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books in the Seven Realms series, The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.

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The Enchanter Heir 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't bad, per say, but it wasn't good, either. It definitely wasn't what I normally expect from Cinda Williams Chima. The story line was sort of vague and it definitely could have been fleshed out more. I didn't like the characters this time -- they both came off as stereotypical. Jonah is a handsome bad-boy assassin with a tragic backstory and a good heart, and Emma is a spunky "normal" girl who actually is the key to everything. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Also, the book ended without finishing things, unlike the rest of the books in the series, and I feel like much of it could've been cut to make this and the sequel into one book. I kept on losing interest when reading this, which is unusual for me. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone looking for a well-written, cogent novel with sound character development (of which there was none). Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this novel. However, I gave it 3 stars instead of 2 because Chima is (normally) a very good writer. Hopefully her next novel will be much better.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
Cinda Williams Chima writes excellent fantasy stories for younger readers. I didn't think this one was up to her usual standard. It didn't seem very focused About ten years before the Dragon Heir the massacre of Thorn Hill took place. An entire commune of sorcerers was massacred. the survivors and their weirstones have mutated, which means they possess powers that are hard to control. Jonah is one of those survivors. Since the massacre his touch kills, so his career development as an assassin would seem an obvious one. In fact that is all he seems to do throughout the book. Kill people and play his guitar. He connects with Emma on a musical level and because they share a similar history. The musical aspect seems to be linked to something other than just a talent for music. Overall it doesn't match the previous books in the series and I found this book very disjointed and wishy-washy. The Thorn Hill plot could have been expanded upon a lot more. The mystery of who set the massacre in motion and why or looking into the new mutations instead of following around one character predominantly. It is possible that this is what I would call an interim book, which is giving the reader enough info to lead onto the next one, which would explain the info dump and vague plot.  I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Karla_Miller More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing, but for it to make sense you really need to read the first 3 books to get the back ground of the story. Best book I have read in a while!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hardest part about reading a book by Cinda Williams Chima is waiting for her next book to arrive on the shelves. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It may sound silly but the ending was my favorite part, i loved all of the book, but the last few pages were sooo good. I am veeery excited for book two. The ending was like that of an awesome tv show finale, just leaving you wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and the cliffhanger at the end is amazing.
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This along with the rest of the series is an incredible and awestriking book a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book not only changed.my perspective based on fantasy but it also gave me a change of heart towards books. I loveddddd this book, it was exceptional. I cant wait for the next one!!!!
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The ending was sucky and she needs to hurry
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Truly one of the best books to come out yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Went to res.4
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GOOD ending sucked Chima needs to hurry with the other book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little confused at how it started
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading always have and always will. Ive never not finished a book no matter how bad. In preperation for this novel i read all of her other books and the earlier heir series before hand and loved everysingle one of them! Apon starting this book however i was immediately confused it seems almost as if written by another author trying to start a new series in the same universe. Im currently 193 pages in and honestly i dont want to continue. Nothing has been explained and i still dont even know the plot. What is a savant? If you are thinking about purchasing this book i suggest reading it as a completely seperatte novel maybe then you wont be as disappointed.
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Mythicalreader More than 1 year ago
A new adventure, with new characters but our friends from the past are entwined in the storyline.
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