Friday, July 20, 2007

The Heir Series

Cinda Williams Chima’s new series grabs your attention from the first page of the prologue and doesn’t let go until the last word. Although the books are about modern day wizards, the story is nothing like Harry Potter.

The Warrior Heir begins in 1870, when a family’s life is ripped apart by wizards, then shifts to a time more than one hundred years later to where Jessamine Longbranch, a wizard and doctor changes the fate of a baby for her own selfish reasons.

Several years later, Jackson Swift wakes up one morning and, in his hurry to get out the door, forgets to take his heart medicine for the first time in sixteen years. Surprisingly, instead of becoming sick, Jack feels better than ever and breezes through his soccer tryouts. He knows something’s up when, after taking his medicine again, he feels anesthetized. Very soon after, his Aunt Linda shows up to take Jack and his friends on a spur-of-the-moment genealogy trip. Along the way they discover more than a few family records; Jack finds a medieval-era sword and learns that he has a destiny: to train as a warrior and fight a duel to the death, but will he fight for the light side or the dark one?

In The Wizard Heir, Seph McCauley is a handsome teenager who leaves a trail of disaster behind him. Unexplained fires, explosions, and other strange occurrences happen wherever he goes. He’s been expelled from four schools in the past three years, and now he’s on his way to a school for troubled boys in Maine. There Seph learns that he is a powerful—although untrained—wizard, but soon he realizes there is a dark side to the magic performed at Havens. Now he must fight to be free against those even more powerful than himself.

Ms. Chima effortlessly blends Jack and Seph’s modern day world with ancient fantasy, making for fast-paced novels with completely engrossing storylines. If you enjoy these two novels, look for The Dragon Heir. I’m sure it will be an amazing finale that includes characters from the first two books and tying the previous stories closer together.


  1. Oh these look wonderful! i'll have to check them out, thanks for the review!

  2. Wow, thanks for these suggestions! Now I really want to read them :)

  3. Ok, ive read all 3 books, and i can honestly say they are the best books ive ever read. I checked out The Warrior Heir at school and started it when i got home and didnt put it down until 3:00 in the morning when i had finished it. Yes, it is that good!

  4. i own all 3 books and have read them hundreds of times!!!! i love them soooo muchh!!! id advise them to anyone!!! they never get old!!!!!

  5. I just bought the warrior heir from coles and it is AMAZING I cant wait to read the others! I'd advise everyone who likes magic to READ THIS BOOK

  6. I thought that the heir series would be some pretty boring book...
    But what can I say... once i started reading it, i was immediately drawn into the story...
    And I've got say its 'ONE SUPER COOL' book...

  7. I think that it is nice to hear that there are more modern age wizards books. I haven't read it but I will give it a try.


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