Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Release Date: June 10th, 2008
Pages: 458 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult | Magic | Urban Fantasy
Series: The Heir Chronicles #2
Read: from Januuary 18 to 28, 2012
Source & Shelf: Purchase | Own
ISBN: 9781423104889 (Paperback)
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.
*This review might contain spoilers*
The Wizard Heir was an amazing continuation book to The Warrior Heir even though I found the beginning a little bit of a challenge to me. Not that I didn’t liked it, but it was rushing its way to the main plot, at the Havens, and I felt that the characters were developing very fast.
However, as soon as Seph said no the ritual to Leicester and the nightmares and torture began, that’s when I began to dive into the story and was really looking forward to know why all those things were happening to poor Joseph McCauley.
I found Seph an extreme tortured soul, all his life he wanted to know how to control his magic which has caused him so many troubles. His character seemed a bit of an arrogant boy due to his childhood and orphan life, but as soon as he met Jason Haley and he managed to get a hold of his problem source, I’ve realised he was a nice guy with a true and honest heart. Actually, after his recue by Linda Downey and his changing life in Trinity, you get to know a completely new Seph, a brand new wizard with a great, though damage, soul.
The fact that we didn’t know who his parents were – not a total surprise to me at the end since there was something that lead me to discover it soon enough – made us deep into the story, wishing he would find his true family and know why they left him. When we finally know it – knowing it before Seph – and we begin to understand the reason behind their decision, we cannot feel but sadness and pure joy.
Madison Moss was a character that, at first, I didn’t like. I thought she was some kind of spy sent by Leicester to capture Seph in the most brutal way: by falling in love with her. But she proved not to be a spy but something rare and special in the magical world. However, after the battle at the Second Sister and her strange behaviour afterwards, she changed (I understand her reasons though) and I’m hoping to know a little bit more about her and her reasons in the third volume.
This book helps us understand the wizards better. While in the first volume we have a glimpse of what wizards can do, in this one you get to know the full power deep within a wizard’s heartstone and his unlimited power when linked to others – that would be the evil Leicester, the most hated character in this book for me.
We can also understand how the unfair justice of the wizards is and why Linda and Hastings were trying to modify it. The meeting at the Second Sister was a really good way to get to know how the other guilds feel about having the wizards as the top and high power. Linda nailed in that reunion, I must say. I was literally hooked and not only because she’s an enchanter but because she was in pain and she managed to talk from the bottom of her heart.
Overall, this was a very good sequel to The Warrior Heir letting us know more and more about the fantastic world Cinda Williams Chima created without getting us lost in time and space. It was good to see old characters from the first book and meet new ones. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on the third book The Dragon Heir.
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.