The Enchanter Heir [NOOK Book]

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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 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 ...
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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.
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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.

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423187899
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 7,670
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Cinda Williams Chima

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    It wasn't bad, per say, but it wasn't good, either. It definitel

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    Cinda Williams Chima writes excellent fantasy stories for younge

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Dffjj

    Book was confusing but still worth your read i reccomenthis book callled the queens blade even better book

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Absolutely amazing, but for it to make sense you really need to

    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!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Chima keeps the suspense alive!

    A new adventure, with new characters but our friends from the past are entwined in the storyline.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    The hardest part about reading a book by Cinda Williams Chima is

    The hardest part about reading a book by Cinda Williams Chima is waiting for her next book to arrive on the shelves. Bravo.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    The Enchanter Heir is Ms Chima's fourth in her "Heir"

    The Enchanter Heir is Ms Chima's fourth in her "Heir" series. Though listed as a Young Adult entry, this series satisfies young and old. Chima is a born storyteller: I couldn't put this one down! Highly recommended!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    !!!!!!!!! Read it

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Asome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BOOK

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    I was very excited for this book to be released, I have loved al

    I was very excited for this book to be released, I have loved all of her books. I loved the first half of this one too. However all of her other books end with at least a some wrapping up, or preview for the next book. This one just ended. Is there another book? For this book to make any sense there has to be another book. I am disappointed with this, she didn't even make it clear who is the enchanter heir. I hope she writes other books, I hope they return to her normal quality of excellence.   

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Good, but cliffhanger ending didn't satisfy.

    Good, but cliffhanger ending didn't satisfy.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Wonderful

    Truly one of the best books to come out yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Ivypaw

    Went to res.4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Mysteryflower

    I am impressed! Go back home and go to res 4 for propheciscer ceremony

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Boos

    GOOD ending sucked Chima needs to hurry with the other book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Awesome but a little confusing at first

    I was a little confused at how it started

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Disappointed

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Cool

    Keep it going

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    The map of enchantment siereis... if th is your res one

    Res. 2 prologe <p> res. 3 chapter one <p> res.4 chapter two <p> res. 5 chapter three <p> res. 6 chapter four <p> res. 7 chapter five <p> res. 8 chapter six <p> res. 9 chapter seven <p> and so on.... ;)

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

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