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Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem. It's the trail of magical accidents-lately, disasters-that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained—and his powers are escalating out of control.

After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys' school on the coast of Maine. At first, it ...

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Overview

Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem. It's the trail of magical accidents-lately, disasters-that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained—and his powers are escalating out of control.

After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys' school on the coast of Maine. At first, it seems like the answer to his prayers. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards. But Seph's enthusiasm dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own dangerous agenda.

In this companion novel to the exciting fantasy The Warrior Heir, everyone's got a secret to keep: Jason Haley, a fellow student who's been warned to keep away from Seph; the enchanter Linda Downey, who knew his parents; the rogue wizard Leander Hastings, and the warriors Jack Swift and Ellen Stephenson. This wizard war is one that Seph may not have the strength to survive.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Melissa Moore
Seph McCauley knows that he is different. The magical powers that flow from his fingertips keep causing trouble and have now landed him at the Havens, a secluded private school in Maine. Seph needs wizard training, but when headmaster Gregory Leicester reveals that he also is a wizard and can train Seph to control his powers, the cost is too steep. When all hope seems lost, Linda Downey appears seemingly out of nowhere to spirit Seph away and give him the help he needs. Leicester does not give up, though, and will use whatever means necessary to gain control of Seph and his extraordinary power. Fans of The Warrior Heir (Hyperion/DBG, 2006/VOYA February 2006) will be thrilled with this exceptional follow-up novel. The two wizarding houses are still at odds with each other, determining what the future will look like, and the other Weir classes (seers, enchanters, and warriors) are seeking refuge in the Sanctuary. Jack Swift and Ellen Stephenson, Leander Hastings, and of course, Downey are joined by richly drawn characters such as Seph and Leicester. This story is tighter, more complex, and even more intense than the first novel, moving the narrative forward at a determined pace. The atmosphere is brooding and heavy, sometimes almost oppressive. Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully leaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales.
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Gr 8 Up
In this companion to The Warrior Heir (Hyperion, 2006), orphaned Seph, 16, is an untrained wizard who can fling fire from his fingertips. After one of his many accidental fires kills a friend, he's sent to a secluded boys' school in Maine. The headmaster, Dr. Leicester, a powerful wizard, offers to train him. Initially, Seph agrees but then changes his mind after he's nearly forced to participate in an initiation where he's made to swear an oath to Leicester and allow him to link Seph's power to his. For refusing, Leicester tortures Seph with hallucinatory dreams that nearly drive him insane. When he finally finds a way to communicate with the outside world, Linda Downey, an enchanter, rescues him and takes him to the town of Trinity, OH, a sanctuary for wizards and other members of magical guilds. There, he meets many of the characters who appeared in the first book, including Jack Swift, Ellen Stephenson, and Leander Hastings, as well as a new character, Madison, who can draw power from wizards. Seph and his new friends must find a way to stop an impending war between the two great wizard houses. This exciting page-turner is darker than The Warrior Heir and, because of its depiction of Leicester's love of inflicting pain and frequent violence, is more appropriate for older readers.
—Sharon RawlinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A fantasy trilogy of high-stakes magical politics gains depth with this second entry. Orphaned teen Seph McCauley knows that he is different. As one of the magically talented Weir, residing secretly amongst ordinary folk, Seph's powers will soon spiral out of control if he cannot make contact with his own kind. When a tragic accident lands him in an isolated private school, the headmaster offers Seph the training he desperately craves-at a price. Thrust into a world of vicious spells and murderous intrigue, Seph may have to doom the rest of the Weir to save himself. Favorite characters from the first title return with more clues about their pasts, while the implications of the Weir system are further explored. Still, this is very much Seph's story. Arrogant, angry and too clever by half, he displays the typical faults of the Wizard Guild; but his basic decency and his (barely acknowledged) need to belong evoke sympathy and affection. As the graphic savagery of magical plots and counterplots builds to an explosive showdown, the tale remains rooted in Seph's all-too-human vulnerability. This sequel improves on the original, leaving fans eager for the foreshadowed resolution. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423104889
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Series: Heir Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 68,538
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cinda Williams Chima

Cinda Williams Chima made her debut as a young adult author with The Warrior Heir. Cinda is a graduate of the University of Akron, where she now teaches. A freelance writer, she has published more than 100 reviews, feature articles, and essays in local and national media. Her nutrition column appears regularly in the Taste section of the Plain Dealer. Chima lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Great Novel, once you start, you can't stop.

    I have never enjoyed reading much throughout my life, rarley finding anything that interested me. However, one day, in the bookstore with my Wife, I thought I would give it a shot. This book was in the sale section, later to discover, it is normlly sold in the teen section. Fortunately, I fully enjoyed the book, realizing after I read it, it was part two of a three part series. I picked up The Warrior Heir (part 1) and then the Dragon Heir (part 3) and loved them all. These books have really started a huge reading spree for me as within the week, after finishing this three part series, im in to a new series, barely able to put them down, see below under recommendations. I highly recommend this series if you have a flair for fantasy types and love a good story, its very PG but the Author does a good job of making you not notice. This series is certainly a good read, especially for young adults.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    Could not put the book down!

    This is the second installment in Ms. Chima's "Heir Chronicles."

    Joseph (Seth) McCauley has spent the last three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school or another.

    He lands at The Heavens, a private school for the "difficult" children. The Heavens is run by Dr. Gregory Leicester-a wizard himself-who has controlled of fourteen "alumni"--all of the wizards who have had their wizard stones fused with Dr. Leicester to augment their power.

    Dr. Gregory Leicester tries in vain to get Seth to join his stone with him. Seth is tortured and made miserable until he finds help from another wizard, Jason Haley. Since Seth is very powerful, but has not been trained, Jason helps him survive the torments by Leicester until Linda Downey, an enchanter gets Seth to Trinity, Ohio, which was made a sanctuary by the last tournament.

    Linda, she discloses to Seth that he is a Weirlind, part part of a society of magical people that comprises sorcerers, wizards, enchanters and warriors. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose-lead by Geoffrey Wylie-and The White Rose, lead by Dr. Jessamine Longbeach. Everyone has a Weirbook with their ancestry on it but since Seth is an orphan he borrows Jack's to train as a wizard (Jack is part wizard but with a warrior stone).

    Last year-the first Heir book-the control of the Hoards and their guilds have been in disarray. There was a tournament at Raven's Ghyll and an army of ghosts showed up, the players, Jack Swift and Ellen Stephenson, revolted and the rules were changed in favor of the lesser members of the guild, thus making wizards less powerful.

    Leander Hastings, who was involved with Linda and trained Jack to fight at the Raven's Ghyll, has called a council. Hastings wants to preserve the new order, but Claude d'Orsey, the prior head of the guild is plotting with Leicester and his alumni to restore the old order. A second council is called to approve a new constitution and all the players are caled. It is meant to be a trap to the Hastings group, but Seth, his friends Jason and Madison Moss join forces to save the day.

    This book sets the third installment since the constitution was stolen from the council and could be enforced unless someone stops the thief.

    Readers will be thrilled with this exceptional second installment of the series. Chima uses her pen a wand and crafts a rich web of magic. You'll be taken by her pitch perfect blend of high fantasy and small town reality.

    Better than Harry Potter-Chima brings to life the clash of magic and the ordinary that most authors would need an entire series to create. She has created an epic battle between good and evil.

    Could not put the book down!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wish people would stop saying this book is like harry potter. It is NOTHING like harry potter. Its way better. Ive read all three. My friend bought the first book and she let me read it. I didnt think it would be all that great but i was very wrong. So of course i had to read the other two. In my opinion the second book was the best. It so suspenseful and had me reading to the very end. Even a week after i finished i still kept going back to read it. This book is good for people who like teen fantasy/fiction.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    Spectacular read!!!!

    Just as I loved the Warrior Heir, I also love this one as well. At first, I was sad because it was about a different character from the first book, but then I'm like "OH SNAP!!!!! THIS IS FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!" because you feel for Seph and he is very likable. This book was so good, suspenseful, and thrilling that I believe it surpassed the Warrior Heir by a long shot. But if you haven't read the Warrior Heir, you should find it and start with it first for more background information.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    It gives me that feeling again...

    That feeling when I first started reading (Order of the Phoenix was my first book). I was so excited to be reading an adventure and since I read the Harry Potter series I haven't gotten that feeling. Yet as I finished the book at 3 in the morning, the feeling returned. I found myself turning pages as I craved for more information. The ending was amazing I mean it made me hate characters, it made me love characters and even gain respect for some.

    The beginning of the book when Seph (main character) went into the Havens and his time there. Felt like my freshman year of High School. Pure hell I felt just like Seph. And reading his adventure and as he lived there brought the memories back and I connected with Seph very very well.

    Chima's writing is so beautifuly put together. I never found myself questioning what I was reading. (Only questioning the characters and their actions and suchs which is a good thing). And I flowed through the book gracefully. For a book and author not well known is very sad. She has to be on the best sellers list because this book was amazing.

    I'm not talking about fan girls over Edward amazing. I'm talking about, people with brains and who love twists and turns and love to find out things themselves good. I would put her up there with J.K. Rowling. Because it's just that good. In my opinion at least. I can not wait to read The Dragon Heir and I recommend this book to anyone who loves reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

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    Dude just when you think man Warrior Heir was the best book ever

    Dude just when you think man Warrior Heir was the best book ever, Chima smacks another right in your face!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    Sorry guys.

    I'm still reading the book and it's taking me a lot of strenght to keep reading. You know how in a book the author will begin with you know a slow 'This is the main character's daily life' and then get into the good stuff? Well so far (I'm practictically in the middle of the book) I STILL haven't gotten that feelings yet. It's just a boring book, Seph is in pain Boo-hoo, and Cinda just keeps telling us this for chapters on end. When will it end?

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    What else you sould read.

    You sould read:

    The Demon King

    The Exiled Queen

    The Looking Glass Wars

    Seeing Redd


    All these books are just as good as The Wizard Heir!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Great

    Great book
    loved it
    a must read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Nice book

    I wish that they would make morw than just one book and keep the series going.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Amazing

    I loved this book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

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    This book is the sequel to The Warrior Heir and...was pretty goo

    This book is the sequel to The Warrior Heir and...was pretty good. First of all, there was the story, pretty original, enjoyable and interesting. Some exciting aspects were the action and unpredictable plot twists. It was well written, with lots of character development. It's even evident for Jack, the main character of the first book, who is changed by his previous experiences, He is not a naive kid anymore and has a harder time trusting people because of the thick deceit that used to surround his life. Seph, the main character of The Wizard Heir, changes from the beginning to the end. While he is at the Havens, a 'reform school', he undergoes torture and creulty, as well as having friends killed off by the evil Dr. Leicester. After he leaves the Havens, he is emotionally and mentally stronger, and he even says that he became "insensitized". At the same time it is hard for him to talk about his horrific experiences at the Havens. Ellen has also learned to relax, since she is not being used for someone else's agenda for once.
    What makes it 4 stars instead of 5? Pacing, and not creative solutions to the story's problems. I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did. I liked it well enough, but it was easy for me to become distracted while reading this book. I actually started it in...March? But then a book I wanted to read more came out, so I read that instead. I just picked it back up on Sunday. With an amazing and breathtaking read my eyes can be glued to the words all day, but with The Wizard Heir, I found myself starting to just want to check the computer for stuff or go do something else. One big problem was the pacing. Seph spends the first 200 pages in the Havens, and about half of that time going like this, "My dreams were filled with torture. I looked worse every day. The Alumni kept pushing me to join them. Leceister knows I can't hold out much longer." It just got boring. When Linda finally gets him out, I was hoping the story would finally begin. It got better, but the pacing was just too slow, with too many unnecessary discriptions.
    Another thing is that many times that there seemed to be any unsolvable problems, Chima would simply introduce a new character who would change the rules. This happens when Linda gets Seph out of the Havens, when Ellen saves Madison and Seph from the Alumni, SPOILER when Jason shows up in the basement where Hastings and Seph were being kept, and more. SPOILER END.
    So overall, a book that I would rather have borrowed from the library than bought, but I'm still glad to have read it. FOR MORE GO TO theteenagebibliophile(dot)blogspot(dot)com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Chris hyde review

    Nice suspenseful plot it leaves you wondering what wil happen next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    This book was so amazing.

    I began reading the Heir series because I knew I liked Cinda Williams Chima's writing. She did not disappoint. This book was incredible. I couldn't put it down. I've ignored many of my classes to get this book finished. I was completely absorbed from the start. I recommend the Heir Series to anyone who enjoys well written books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

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    Great Read

    This was a wonderful read. Definitely worth your time! A little darker than the first one, but in the end, it's all good. Overall a great series and wonderful author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    I loved this one as well as the last and will definitely read th

    I loved this one as well as the last and will definitely read the next. Great characters that develop well. Great story with enough twists to keep your interest. Good Clean Fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Great!

    I'm in the middle of reading it and so far its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Awsome book

    Cooll thoughts put into hear but should have put more details into here

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    The Wizard Heir was a great book filled with magic and adventure

    The Wizard Heir was a great book filled with magic and adventure. It is about a teenage boy named Seph Mccauley who is very popular at every school he goes to. However he doesn’t stay anywhere for very long because of unexplained and often tragic events that keep happening to him. After his most recent incident, he goes to the Havens, an all boys boarding school where things seem normal at first, but he senses that something isn’t right involving his headmaster, Dr. Gregory Leicester, and the alumni. Before Seph knows it, he and his loved ones are in grave danger, and he may be the only one that can help them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    FANTASTIC

    This book is absolutely FANTASTIC with great plot and characters your going for a wild ride full of action and surprises

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