30 June 2011

The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another.  And 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 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.  Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards.  But Seph’s enthusiasm dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students’ powers to serve his own wicked agenda.

Could it possibly be?  Say what?  More enjoyable that The Warrior Heir?  Whoa.

I could really see an improvement in Chima’s writing style here.  Gone away are the awkward, brittle descriptive actions and instead more emotion is present to back up the prose.  I really got into the characters—and was especially glad when I saw the return of most, if not all, of the characters from The Warrior Heir.  Chima’s action-packed, intrigue ridden plots keep me riveted from start to finish.

I liked the main character, Seph.  He was just a relatable character that had been through hell and back and was still likeable.  Sometimes his style of thought and action reminded me a bit of Jack, but it was subtle and makes sense if you think about it.  I mean, they’re boys.

The romance was a bit sudden, but I liked the girl. Her nastiness actually came off pretty well—stubbornness instead of rudeness.  I cheered for her all the way.  I wish the romance had been set up differently, because it didn’t seem convincing on Seph’s part. 

The conclusion?  Brilliant.  Talk about a fight scene!  It was easy to picture and it wasn’t forced—quite clever, too, by how it ended.  The plot twist had me reeling!

I love how Cinda Williams Chima writes.  She just has this style that works for me as a reader.  Her stories are brilliant and her characters are memorable.  I love sitting down to a Cinda Williams Chima book.

Book Info:

  • pages – paperback, 458
  • published – May 2007
  • publisher – Hyperion
  • genre – urban fantasy
  • received via – Borders :)
  • rating – 5/5
  • series – Heir Chronicles
    • The Warrior Heir
    • The Wizard Heir
    • The Dragon Heir