Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Cover image for The warrior heirJack 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)

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