The Warrior Heir (The Heir Series #1)

The Warrior Heir (The Heir Series #1)

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by Cinda Williams Chima

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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

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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.

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Children's Literature
Young adult fiction meets the fantasy world in this thought provoking new novel. Sixteen-year-old Jack Swift thinks he has a heart condition that warrants him swallowing a spoonful of blue medicine every morning, until one day he forgets, and his world is turned upside down. Soon Jack finds out from his quirky aunt that he is not really sick at all, but special. He is one of the last remaining Warriors in an ancient underground society known as the Weirlind. Amidst the everyday struggle of high school, girls, soccer practice, and just plain teenage life, Jack must train for the ultimate fight between the ever-feuding houses of the Red and White Roses—a fight to the death. In this novel Cinda Williams Chima brings to life the clash of magic and the ordinary in an intricate web of literary genius that most authors would need an entire series to create. 2006, Hyperion Books, Ages 13 up.
—Jeanna Sciarrotta
Jack is a typical sixteen-year-old-good friend, average soccer player, living in Ohio with his mom who works too much. When he skips his medicine one day, the unthinkable happens: Jack is much stronger and faster and feels as if he is truly alive. Only now there are wizards coming out of the woodwork, seeking alternately to woo and kill Jack. Because of the stone implanted in his chest during infancy, Jack is a warrior expected to duel to the death on behalf of one of the wizarding houses. Quicker than he would like, training begins for the most momentous event in his young life, and Jack must decide whom he will serve and how he will survive. Twists and turns abound in this remarkable, nearly flawless debut novel that mixes a young man's coming-of-age with fantasy and adventure. Fast paced and brilliantly plotted, Jack's journey is physical, mental, and emotional as he discovers his own identity and makes tough choices that impact others. Original, well-drawn characters are frequently revealed to be more than they appear, and Chima's writing richly portrays the mounting tension as Jack's options are methodically taken away. Readers of all ages will find in Jack a hero, who seeks above all to make the right choices regardless of the cost to himself (reminiscent of Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins). The resolution is clean but not idealized and fortunately leaves the door open for a sequel. VOYA CODES: 5Q 5P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Hyperion, 426p., Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-An apparently ordinary 16-year-old boy turns out to have magical powers that make him a target of a covert society of wizards, enchanters, and warriors called "the Weir." Jack's small-town world in Ohio begins to unravel when he starts to unleash unintentional bursts of wizardry. When he recovers a powerful sword from an ancestor's grave, he begins to realize how different he really is. A battle with a wizard and some magic-laced conflicts at his high school keep the pages turning while the truth about Jack's destiny slowly emerges. The scene switches to Great Britain, where he learns that he must participate in a duel to the death against a mysterious opponent. Many details about the Weir are initially hidden from readers, as well as from Jack, so the gradual revelations about the society are involving and often surprising. Jack makes a fairly convincing hero. He is disbelieving at first and reluctant throughout, but ultimately finds a way to utilize his new powers without sacrificing his honor or basic decency. An appealing mixture of supporting characters includes relatives with various magical abilities, a couple of nonmagical but loyal friends, and an engaging assortment of villains. Occasional plot developments are unconvincing, as when Jack's protective aunt, an enchanter, takes him straight into the clutches of a wizard who clearly wants the young warrior in her power. For the most part, though, the teen's unavoidable involvement in the intricate world of the Weir is suspenseful and entertaining.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Ordinary youth unearths a mysterious artifact, discovers his secret heritage and becomes the pivotal figure in an epic battle between Good and Evil. The hero this time is Jack Swift, average Ohio teenager, until one day he skips his dose of "heart medication" and nearly kills a classmate. Suddenly sinister dark strangers are in pursuit, and Jack frantically attempts to master a magical sword and his warrior powers, in a centuries-long wizards' game in which Jack is both pawn and prize. Chima's writing is graceful, if cliched, with an acute ear for the rhythms of Midwestern small towns. Jack is a likable fellow, but his confusing muddle of friends, family, allies and enemies are mostly shallow stereotypes issued directly from central casting, each with the requisite Deep Dark Secret awaiting dramatic revelation. While the plot draws heavily on standard fantasy tropes, they are skillfully rendered, building to a predictable but well-scripted showdown and a genuinely unexpected climactic twist. A competent, unexceptionable addition to teen fantasy shelves; the sort of thing you'll like if you really like that sort of thing. (Fantasy. YA)

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Heir Series, #1
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8.26(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.91(d)
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12 - 17 Years

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Ravenclaww More than 1 year ago
The Warrior Heir is about a sixteen-year-old called Jack. He lives a pretty regular life. Trying out for soccer and crushing on girls. You know the regular old stuff. But all of a sudden he's thrown into a life that's completly different than what he's used to. A life where magic exists, where warriors compete each other in a tournament held by wizards, and where people such as enchanter and seers are considered low life. A life where he is in danger. The Warrior Heir started with a strong opening and concluded even better. Through-out the whole novel questions were being brought up that made you think. I still remember being introduced to a character and saying oh they're evil. All of a sudden it turns out they're good. But wait another twist, he's like a mix. He's doing good but for himself which puts people in danger and makes him seem evil. And it continues from there. Every character in The Warrior Heir had a story. Even though not all were told you can't help but think about how their life is. It's not like most novels where let's say you're introduced to a bully and he's just the bully. Cinda Williams Chima introduces a bully and makes you think to yourself, why does he do this? What is he going through to do this? And you begin to question and think of ideas on why. Cinda Williams Chima is an amazing writer that doesn't get as much credit as she deserves. I can finally say that I have found a writer who I can say, hey she's up there with J.K. Rowling in this kind of genre. She's not number one but she's up there. I can not wait to finish reading The Wizard Heir which already is making me drop my jaw. I recommend this book to everyone who loves to read. You will not be dissapointed.
A_Pseudonym More than 1 year ago
I don't know if it was my mood or what but I read the Prologue and just put the book down. It took me almost a month to come back to it. I reread the Prologue and then the next chapte, and then the next. I could not WAIT for school to be over so I could read in peace. This is not a book you should read if you have anything important to do; I have ignored my research paper that is worth half my grade just to finish this it. I have to admit, it has been a long time since I have read a book that could get my heart pumping with fear or excitement and literally feel the adrenaline rush as the climax approached. This book has a wonderful mix of adventure, magic, intriguing surprises and complex characters you can't help but root for. With an ending that leaves you scrambling for Cinda Williams Chima's next book it is a must read!
Veronica_Scribe More than 1 year ago
When I first got this book, I said, "Oh, this sounds cool, I'll try it out..." And when I actually got into the first five chapters, I found it hard to put this book down. It got to the point where I acted like a Twilight Fangirl over this book. Great story, great characters, awesome prophecy, and just downright great. Plus it blends high school life, which ROCKS. I LOVED this book! Five stars!!
Blaek More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read. This by far is the best Magical world ever. Unlike other books where crazy things. Like Harry Potter is not one of my favorite magic world. This a must read for anyone who like magic and fantasy.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
After the first hundred some pages it becomes hard to put it down. Very good plot twists, its just a good book in general. I highly recommend it!
Burg More than 1 year ago
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima was a story that left with me many questions, and not the normal.what's going to happen next? type of questions. This was a hard read for me to get in to, which is usually not the case with young adult material, let alone fantasy.I usually love everything about being taken into a different world, far away from reality, and normally I enjoy the vacation from reality so much I never want it to end. This was not the case for me with The Warrior Heir. So I found myself wondering if I was just in a reading rut...I've found myself in those every once in a while and because I wasn't flying through the pages I may have just been expecting too much from a book that no matter what...because of my rut, just wasn't going to sustain my appetite for the unattaiable, I'm not sure. Cinda Williams Chima is a talented story teller, this I can say with absolute certainty. Her characters were fun and likeable when she wanted them to be, and awful and frustrating when she was going for that angle. She controlled the story, and the reader was only along for the ride...and it was a good ride, just not the best in my opinion. The main character, Jack, was a good character but hard for me to relate to. I'm not sure if it's just that as a female reader I find that I enjoy a strong female lead more than a male lead or what, but this is just one of the many quetions I was left pondering. One of the supporting characters, Leander Hastings who becomes close to Jack as his teacher/mentor reached the top of my favorites list for characters in this novel. He was mysterious and I was never sure if Jack should be putting his trust in him so completely. But I think it was Leander's questionable nature that made him so interesting to me. Jack's aunt Linda was another character I found myself liking. She was strong and formidable.a real source to be reckoned with, but she also left me frustrated at times when she was unable to reach the goals she was hoping to obtain. No one is perfect and I often found myself being unnecessarily harsh with my criticism of her lack of "perfection" while I was reading. I'm not sure why I expected so much from her, but I did nonetheless. Despite this not making my top 10 favorites of all time, I must say that although the book was difficult for me to make my way through, the prologue of this story was excellent! The way Chima set up the story and tied up the prologue...I was shocked at how much I wanted to uncover the secrets and mysteries she laid out in only the first few pages of the novel. My dad always said, before you buy a book you're unsure about, sit down and read the first chapter or at least the first few pages to see if you find yourself interested. Now I know this is unfair for all books, some need more than a chapter to pull a reader in and this does not make them any less wonderful all the time, but if I tested my dad's theory on The Warrior Heir, I would have snatched the book from the shelf and run for the register to buy it. The prologue, like I said would pull any reader in right away, it was that good. So while this book was not a favorite of mine, I was glad I read it and I did enjoy it for the most part. This was the first book in a trilogy and I did add the next two installments to my TBR list. Maybe I'll fall in love with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it keep it interesting I never really got bored. Which is good because I can't stand to many books where I am bored out of my mind.
vampire_bookworm More than 1 year ago
this book(and the ones after) are amazingly fantastic. it's mix of real world worries like high school and fictional ones like wizards trying to kill you blend together impeccably well. this is one of my most favorite books.
WerewolfAddict More than 1 year ago
This entire series (or what's out so far) is absolutely wonderful and each book brings something new to the table. Tension also mounts as the series progresses and I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Cinda Williams Chima has become one of my favorite authors, and I suggest that readers of this series check out her Seven Realms series at all. As much as I LOVE the Heir books, the Seven Realms book are just wonderfully written and unpredictable.
JesseDaro More than 1 year ago
I guarantee by the end of this book you will be on the edge of your seat cheering for Jackson Swift! Chima constructs a fully-realized world of magical intrigue and sinister wizards within the small-town world of Trinity, Ohio. The prologue immerses readers in this complex and deadly plot, effortlessly mingling the medieval and the modern, the fantastical and the actual; the book only gets better from there. All the trials and travails of high school are here - romance, schoolyard bullies, best friends, soccer try-outs - mixed in with the fascinating world of The Weir. The pace is excellent, never boring yet never bewildering, either. The rest of the books in the trilogy are just as engaging. Chima's dialogue is sharp and smart, her characters engaging and believable. All three books would make a terrific gift for any young adult reader - or adult readers who appreciate truly great young adult literature!
Samuel61 More than 1 year ago
When you think mythology, magic, fighting, and dragons, you probably think the traditional: everyone being magical. The interesting thing about Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima is that in order to be one the magical people known as the Weir, you must have a Weirstone located behind your heart. This story has struggles of a typical teenage kid mixed with power in adolescence and ending with a fantastic battle of everything they know. It will have you always wondering what is coming next. The fictional settings that usually occupy books of similar tastes are not totally lost. The initial setting of the story is in the small town of Trinity where everyone knows everyone's business. Jack, along with his family and occasionally his aunt, live there. Many impossible acts take place leading the story to Europe to encounter the many more problems there. You really never know what idea will come into the heads of the characters to direct them to the next location. However, you may not always know what's happening because that is what is intended. The mystery that comes with the only knowing certain parts of the story makes it that much more entertaining. Although at times it can be predictable it is also addicting. The life of Jack Swift takes a sudden turn when he learns a secret that has been kept for years. He has great power. He is suddenly whisked into many things he's never even heard of and not all of it willingly. Betrayal takes a turn on Jack, and he is protected by someone trusted. Betrayal is always around the corner and soon enough he's betrayed again. In all of this Jack is learning, strengthening, and pushing his limits. Jack is becoming a warrior. The real question is whether or not he'll survive long enough to know what that means. If you have ever read a fictional book about magic, you'll find similarities. There is excitement and an interest that keeps you in this book. The magic that manifests when you're an adolescent changes the way of tradition. In the end Warrior Heir is one of a kind, and all in all it should be read by any young book fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Warrior Heir is an outstandingly awesome book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I myself am a huge lover of fantasy and scifi books. This was amazing. So many plot twists as the story goes on that you NEVER want to put it down. I have to say, I was not expecting Ellen tbh. Im currently on pg 340 of book 2 and its so amaxing! Im so glad to see Jack and Ellen and Linda and Will and Fitch, not so much Hastings though . Overall this book was absolutely AMAZING and I reccomend it to anyone who wants a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tgis book has alittle bit of bad words but it helps tell everything much easier!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i couldnt find a book to read , i read hunger games,catching fire, mockingjay, divergent,insurgent,matched,crossed,reached,the demon king series, legend(waiting for prodigy), and conffesions of a murder suspect. At first this book seemed boring. I put it off until now. The crimson crown was the best book in the world. AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE. But i figured " this book cant be all that bad it is still by the same auther" i was wrong this book was amazing! ( not as good as crimson crown of course) but still , it was way better than i thought it would be. The begining was slow , but the middle on was just the picture perfect writing that you expect from someone like cinda. Screw you people who stop at the begining before making it to the good parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was amazing. I had read the series already and wanted to read it for a second time because it was so good. Definitly one of the greatest bbooks i have ever read.
TaylerMegan More than 1 year ago
The world Cinda Williams Chima created, along with her characters, are absolutely perfect and will keep you entertained throughout the book. With all the twists and turns, it's very hard to put down and leaves you breathless with excitement for the next one. It's a shame how few people know of these books because they are truly fantastic and a quick read - but you won't want it to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this a while and am still stuck in the beginning pages of this book. Its an ok book and the only reason i dont put it down is because it does leave me curious as to whar happens next. One other thing is i find myself getting lost among the character names. I think i would know who is talking i second guess myself sometimes. Overall a rocky but stable enough start. Just hope it licks up in pace.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
It took me just a little bit to warm up to this book, but after a while I did and it was pretty enjoyable...especially the 2nd half of the book. Looking forward to the next book in the series, The Wizard Heir, which I will be starting shortly. If you are into fantasy stuff, consider checking out this series. So far, so good.
Katdancin More than 1 year ago
I read this book at part of our book club selection. I had a very hard time getting into it. It wasn't until at least halfway through the book that is even started to pick up. There were certain aspects of the book that were somewhat redeeming. I liked the characters. They were interesting and the author tried to show growth. The ending was surprizing but to get there was a real snoozer.
alex943 More than 1 year ago
i saw a friend readding it and asked him about it he didnt say any thing so i thought he was really in to the book so i went out and read it i love this book i just wish the other 2 were about jack and not diffrent
Anonymous 10 months ago
I thought story was too rushed and felt more like the author was trying to hard to write suspense. I did not like the writing. Very simple and not intriguing.
jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
Magical, adventurous story that appeals to all ages! My Opinion: I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Jack Swift is just going about his normal life in a small town in Ohio, minding his own business, when he forgets to take his heart medicine and his life is changed forever. Jack finds out that there is a whole world of magic out there, and because he was born a warrior heir, he is being sought out by two warring factions of magicians and witches, the Red Rose House and the White Rose House. Warrior heirs are very rare so as soon as he is made known to the magic world, he is in grave danger, since the Houses don't exactly ask nicely for him to fight for them. The worst part is that since his mother and his aunt have shielded him from this world, he has no idea how to fight (he finds a magic sword which was passed down to him and which he has no idea how to use). He has to learn very fast though and gets help from strategically based people in his small town who, as it turns out, have been watching over him for years and who are ready to help him out now. My favorite relationship in the book is the one that Jack has with his two non-magical friends, Fitch and Will. Even though they don't possess magic, when Jack is forced to go on the run following a class trip to London, they go along with him, risking their lives and jumping feet first into a very scary unknown future, because they refuse to let Jack fight this battle alone.  For me personally the beginning was a bit slow, and it took me a while to really get into it. but I'm glad I didn't give up on it. The rest of the story was very action packed and filled with adventure, and I really liked the boys and their aunt, and the boys' friend and Jack's former girlfriend, Leesha, who helps out as well, but I wasn't quite as fond of the new girl in school, Ellen Stephenson, who catches Jack's eye, because as I read on I found out that I am strongly "Team Leesha"! I thought the pacing was a tiny bit off, moving quickly when Jack and company were fighting, but moving more slowly when they weren't, but it wasn't off enough to keep me from enjoying the book. I've read some other reviews for this book that mention teenage boys who really liked the book and even though they weren't big readers, they finished this book and gave it an A+, which is a huge recommendation! I plan on giving it to my son to read when he gets a little bit older based on these reviews because I'm always looking for books that appeal to teenage and pre-teen boys, so thank you very much for that Ms. Chima! In summary, I thought this book started a bit slow but it more than made up for that in the end. Jack was a very likable character who fought against his destiny, but in the end, like all heroes, he accepted his fate and did what was required. I recommend this book to all teenage readers and lovers of YA fantasy books that deal with magic and witches and all of that fun stuff! I give this book an enthusiastic 5 stars because any book that has mature adults, young adults, and teens reading it and enjoying it deserves 5 stars :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And rp will never fall!
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