Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Heir Chronicles #1
An epic battle between good and evil...
     Before he knew about the Roses, 16-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 their helm sits 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 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.

This was the booksplosion book of the month for July, and I was glad to be able to join this one since I wasn't able to join the last few.

I was excited to read this book, it sounds exactly like the kind of book I love. Magic, mystery, adventure, slightly a coming of age tale. But sadly for me, I just didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to or perhaps should have.

It could have to do with me having company during the time that I read this book I wasn't able to immerse myself like I normally do when I read. Either way, a lot of this book felt like a huge build up to just a few pages of interesting action.

There was an entertaining story here, some of the characters just didn't make sense, or I just didn't see their purpose. The MC's best friends seemed pointless to be in the big part of the story, or really being there at all. I kept waiting for it to be revealed that one of them was an Heir... so far that hasn't happened and I don't see it happening anytime soon either.

It was a fun read, I just felt like the build-up to the final battle took too long. The majority of the "filler" part to this book could have been condensed into three or four chapters, instead of half the book. I might read the other books, not sure yet.

This is a five book series, and after reading the synopsises for the other books I am wondering if they are actual sequels, or companions story sequels. I would prefer actual sequels if I were to commit myself to reading the rest of the series.


  1. Is it High Fantasy?


    1. Kind of... It's closer to a lame take on Harry Potter.