March 11, 2013

The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Title: The Wizard Heir
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Format: HC
Pages: 458
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion, 2008
ISBN-13:     978-1423104889
Series: Heir Chronicles, Book 2

Favorite Quote:  And sometimes you need to make a claim on the world and the people you love to get what you most desire.

Synopsis:  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. 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 when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own dangerous 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.

Review:  This book brought back many of the characters I loved (and loved to hate) from the last book.  It also introduced a couple of really great new ones.  These are really good books.  I can't even begin to tell you how easy they are to read and how hard they are to put down.

I did figure out the mystery, long before the answer was revealed, but it didn't take away from the reading at all.  I want to move to Trinity and live next door to enchanters and sorcerers and all the rest of the great people who live there.  So many of the problems with humanity and society are touched upon in these stories.  I recommend this series without reservation for anyone from youth to adult.

Rating:  8.5 / 10

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