Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review: the Wizard Heir By: Cinda Williams Chima

Review: The Wizard Heir By: Cinda Williams Chima Release Date: May 1, 2007 Publisher: Hyperion Genre: YA Fantasy The Story:(from Goodreads) Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. Unfortunately 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 now that the only person who could protect him has died, 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 quickly when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own mysterious 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.

My Review: As promised, I began this book as soon as I completed the review for The Warrior Heir. I would have posted this review sooner, but I did not take the time to stop and review before I started the third book The Dragon Heir...

Seph is very powerful. He knows that he is a wizard, but he has not been trained to control or use his powers. Raised by an enchanter, he did not know who his parents were. At the beginning of the book, we discover that he is orphaned (the enchanter had died before this story began), and is headed to an exclusive all boys school due to some... er, mishaps. His guardian determined that it was in his best interests to go to Maine.

Things in Maine did not go the way that Seph was expecting. He discovers more wizards like him, but they are not offering to train him as he had hoped. He barely survives the exclusive school with his sanity intact, but he does make a new friend, Jason(another wizard) he teaches him how to cope with life at school though he had been strictly forbidden to have contact with Seph. Seph manages to escape with the help of Linda Downey who takes him to Trinity, Ohio.

In Trinity, Seph finally begins to receive the training he really needs. But he soon discovers more than just how to use his powers. There's a girl who's not what she seems (yet she's not a member of the guilds), there's intrigue all around in the escalating chaos since the Game, and Seph finally learns the information he's always wanted to know: who his real parents were.

This book was just as good as The Warrior Heir, only better in some ways. Seph is a great character that is easy to fall in love with. I mean, who wouldn't fall in love with an orphaned, very powerful wizard whose eyes change colors, and he's always trying to do right, but usually things go awry? We get to meet some interesting new characters, plus Jack, Ellen, Will, Linda, Leander, and the rest of the old gang are back in this adventure. The Wizard Heir was just as exciting to read as The Warrior Heir. (Now, I've already read Dragon Heir, the conclusion of the trilogy, but I'm afraid you will have to wait a bit for my review).

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1 comment:

  1. Hmmmmmm I saw this at my local bookstore and I was thinking about it, but didn't get it. Now that I read this review, I think I might go grab it! :-)

    Happy Wednesday dear! ♥

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