Monday, May 23, 2011

Book Review ~ The Wizard Heir

The Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles #2)
By Cinda Williams Chima
Published By Hyperion

Summary (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 Thoughts: It took me some time to pick up this book after finishing The Warrior Heir. I was really concerned with how this was going to become a series when the first book seemed to wrap up the stories of the characters in that book.
I'm glad I finally read this book, it was worth the read and the author tied the two books together nicely even bringing back the characters from  The Warrior Heir in a way that made sense.
I thought Seph was a nice addition to this world and his personality and sense of self were really his own. His need/want of knowing who his parents really are and not the story that he has been given his whole life made him stronger and more resistance to the alumni and Leicester. The rest of the cast, from the students at the school to the residences of Trinity brought the book to another level.
The book was well paced from the beginning when you're getting to know the new characters right up until the big battle that takes place.  There was a nice wrap up to this part of Seph's story while getting you ready for The Dragon Heir.

Rating: 3.5

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