Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Release Date: September 1st, 2009 (August 12th, 2008)
Pages: 528 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult | Magic | Urban Fantasy
Series: The Heir Chronicles #3
Read: from February 8 to 21, 2012
Source & Shelf: Purchase | Own
ISBN: 9781423110712 (Paperback)
The covenant that was meant to keep the wizard wars at bay has been stolen, and Trinity must prepare for attack. Everyone is doing their part — Seph is monitoring the Weirwalls; Jack and Ellen are training their ghostly army; even Anaweir Will and Fitch are setting booby traps around the town’s perimeter.
But to Jason Haley, it seems like everyone wants to keep him out of the action. He may not be the most powerful wizard in Trinity, but he’s prepared to fight for his friends. When Jason finds a powerful talisman –a huge opal called the Dragonheart–buried in a cave, his role takes on new importance. The stone seems to sing to Jason’s very soul — showing him that he is meant for more than anyone guessed. Trinity’s guardians take the stone away after they realize that it may be a weapon powerful enough to save them all. Without any significant power of his own, and now without the stone, what can Jason possibly do to help the people he cares about — and to prove his mettle?
Madison Moss can feel the beating heart of the opal, too. The desire for it surges through her, drawing her to it. But Maddie has other things besides the Dragonheart on her mind. She has a secret. Ever since absorbing the magical blow that was meant to kill Seph, she’s been leaking dark powers. Although Maddie herself is immune to magic, what would her friends think if they knew what kind of evil lay within her?
Trinity’s enemies are as enthusiastic about her powers as she is frightened. They think they can use her to get to the Dragonheart — and they’ll use anyone Maddie cares about to make her steal the stone for them. Moral compasses spin out of control as a final battle storms through what was once a sanctuary for the gifted. With so much to lose, what will Jason and Maddie be willing to fight for — and what will they sacrifice? Every man is for himself in this thrilling conclusion to the Heir trilogy.
*This review might contain spoilers*
This was a book I wasn’t expecting to cry in the end. Oh, how wrong I was. I was so blown away by how amazingly Chima’s magical battle was I found myself in tears and holding the book as if my life depended on it.
Seph’s character shocked me dearly… and when I say dearly, I mean it! He changed so much since book two I barely recognised him. He turned out to be more responsible, more aware of his burden and more mature. Something he sort of lacked in The Wizard Heir.
Jason… Oh Jason!! I still can’t believe Cinda killed him. He was one of those characters I was expecting so grand deeds and such a bright future with everything he wished for I cried when he was killed. But I guess he could only die since he was so confused and so at war with himself he didn’t know where he belonged.
After all these surprises, I was stunned by Maddie. Wow!! She absolutely nailed it at the end! I wasn’t expecting her to be the Dragon heir (I thought Jason was the heir) but she transformed was something big. It was so… so… powerful.
And the scene with Lady Aiden left me aghast. She was also one of those characters that changed a great deal from book two. Just like Seph, she became more aware of the consequences surrounding her decisions. Though she was reckless sometimes in the book but letting herself do what was right for others and not what was right for her. She completely ignored her happiness in order to help her brother and sister stick together. There was a moment in the book I could definitely relate to her; neglecting our feelings with the purpose of making everyone else around us okay.
This was such a nice continuation (and hopefully not the conclusion). Despite the fact that I loved it, the end was a bit empty, a little bit vague. It wasn’t closed; it was open for more and more stories to enter.
And if the rumours are true, we might have a fourth book in 2013/2014.
And guess who is going to buy it?!
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.