Jack is an average teenager until one day he forgets to take the medicine prescribed since he was a baby. Then suddenly he discovers he has unusual power and physical ability. He soon learns that he is a wizard and his medicine has suppressed his powers so other evil wizards could not detect him. He is pressured into becoming a warrior and undergoes warrior training. In the end he has to face another young warrior and together they change the wizarding world forever.
I chose this book because Ms Chima had visited our library to do a book launch, and I always felt bad that I had not read any of her books. It is a decent YA fantasy, with good character development and fast plot pacing. The story was a little predictable, but most fantasy is. It is appropriate for early teens, and the only thing that makes it not appropriate for younger readers is a few scenes of violence. I don't know if I will read the others in the series. Because this was the author's first series the publisher made sure she had a satisfying ending in case they decided not to publish the others in the trilogy. Only established authors get to have cliffhangers. (426 p)