Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: The Warrior Heir

Author:Cinda Williams - Chima
Publisher: Hyperion
Formate: Paperback (Bought)
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 the head of this magical society sit 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 ruling the Weir. As if his bizarre magical 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. Jack's performance on the soccer field has alerted the entire magical community to the fact that he's in Trinity. And until one of the houses is declared Jack's official sponsor, they'll stop at nothing to get Jack to fight for them.

"More and more, there were no revelations, but simply the uncovering of truths long known but dimly remembered. Everything had been written long ago. There was nothing truly new in the world, but only the slow, circular march of time that revealed the old things once again."

Note; This is an older review, but I will be reading the LAST book in this series soon, and I want to share my reviews of the past books here before I post The Dragon Heir's review. :D


Chima's book, The Warrior Heir, was simply fantastic. I loved it.

It was the perfect embodiment of adventure, thrill, and fantasy. It was written nicely, and easy to read. The story was a page-turner, to say the least. The plot line was solid, and very intriguing.

But there is one thing I liked about this book. The lack of romance.

What? Yes, that's right. I like just a little bit of it in books, and this book had just a little bit. Chima's writing made me think of J.K. Rowling a bit. She focused on the adventure, and the plot, and the art of storytelling. It didn't need the romance. Just with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, it didn't have the romance (at first) and yet it was /good/. That is the same with The Warrior Heir.

The characters were well rounded, and I loved the plot twists. Some parts were predictable. For example, I could tell from a long way off, who Jack was going to be fighting in the Game. The twist with Lee at the beginning was interesting, and I sorta suspected who he was going to be in the story. And just when you think you have things figured out, you get towards the end of the story and then you're greeted with a hair-pin plot twist. It was great!

I would definitely read this again, and I am very much looking forward to reading the companion novels.

I gave it FIVE out of FIVE sporks.


  1. Did you know that there's a fourth and fifth book coming out? ^_^ Have you read her Seven Realms novels?

    Great review! I completely agree. :)

  2. No, I didn't. I read it was a trilogy. Huh! That's surprising, but good to know. :D And now I haven't read her Seven Realms novels, but I've wanted to! They sound so good! :D

    And thanks! :D


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