Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Release Date: 2011 (April 2nd 2006)
Pages: 426 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult | Magic | Urban Fantasy
Series: The Heir Chronicles #1
Read: from January 2 to 18, 2012
Source & Shelf: Purchase | Own
ISBN: 9781780620473 (Paperback)
Before he knew about the Roses, sixteen-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. Jack’s performance on the soccer field has alerted the entire magical community to the fact that he’s in Trinity.
And until one of the houses is declared Jack’s official sponsor, there are no limits to what they’ll do to get Jack to fight for them…
*This review might contain spoilers*
Where to start? I loved this book so much is hard for me to review.
Cinda Williams Chima became of my favourite fantasy writers. The Warrior Heir is just the beginning of a saga and it was an amazing beginning. This is considered to be the next Harry Potter because of all the magic surrounding it. It has the same potential, amazing characters who were built in such a way you feel like you’ve known them all your life and a background plot which catches your attention immediately.
We are introduced to Jack, a simple boy from Trinity, Ohio, who forgot to take his medicine and a strange thing happen. The truth is, he is soon to find out that he’s a wizard/warrior. With his discovery of his true identity, he realizes that the magical world where he landed, is far more complicated than what he first thought and he will have to choose between fighting to death or watch those he care about die.
It starts in the past, the action unfolding slowly as we are introduced to the background story, and small part of it also, of the Roses. Then, in the present day, as we follow Jack and his friends Will and Fitch on their daily life, we begin to understand there is something going on. Especially when Linda, Jack’s aunt, appears and they have a magical fight on a cellar and then on a graveyard.
Linda was a character I was looking forward to know a little bit more. She was mysterious but a very down-to-earth sort of character, proving her loyalty and love when Jack decided to fight in the Games. Hastings was a character I immediately felt a strange connection (something to do with the prologue) and couldn’t help but feel that he was frustrated with destiny and with the Roses.
I have to admit that I knew that Ellen was the Red Rose warrior. First, you had that amazing chapter where she throws to Leesha the drink… I loved and laughed so hard in that scene. And then there was a chapter where Jack commented that she was in great shape and that she had so many other things outside school that made me have second thought about her. What she did during the Games, helping Jack and deciding to rebelled against the Red Roses and the Judges was simply amazing.
Well, I have to say THANK YOU CINDA, ‘cause this book was simply amazing.
PS: You can also go to 1,2,3 Casting! post to see the actors/actresses I would cast if this book was turned into a movie or TV-serie.