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The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Dragon Heir (original 2008; edition 2011)

by Cinda Williams Chima

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Title:The Dragon Heir
Authors:Cinda Williams Chima
Info:Orion Publishing Co (2011), Paperback
Collections:book reviews 2012
Tags:sbhs book recommendation Year 7, Aaron Matthew

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The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (2008)


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This was my least favorite of the series. I loved the ending ( def a set up for more) but it was kinda forgettable. ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
This one was not my favorite. the escalation was a bit much. ( )
  andrewmowere | Oct 25, 2016 |
An interesting story ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Good next or perhaps last in Heir series. I liked continuing to follow characters that I met in the first two books, meeting new characters and seeing how all work to either make the problems worse or work together to resolve them. I also like the way Cinda Williams Chima imagines that magic could occur in small everyday American college towns. ( )
  Lylee | Apr 3, 2016 |
Magic is real, and the people who use it are dicks.

Wizards have been engaged in a bloody battle for supremacy for generations, and they don't care who they destroy in the process. In [b:The Warrior Heir|213647|The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1)|Cinda Williams Chima|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41c83bLdLWL._SL75_.jpg|1072532], young Jack finds out that he has magic and that the wizards plan to use him as a pawn in their latest scheme. With help from the few wizard rebels, he manages to badly damage the wizards' power over the other magic guilds. In the second book, [b:The Wizard Heir|500743|The Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #2)|Cinda Williams Chima|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CS2visUEL._SL75_.jpg|488848], the growing band of rebels continue their fight to create an egalitarian magic society while keeping the non-magic users safe. But in [b:The Dragon Heir|2866413|The Dragon Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #3)|Cinda Williams Chima|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1206645200s/2866413.jpg|2529437] the wizards forge an uneasy alliance amongst themselves, and their combined power may be enough to destroy the haven of Trinity and all who have worked so hard to create it. The rebels' only chance to survive is to harness the power of the Dragon Stone. But the secrets of how to use the stone have been lost for centuries, and they're running out of time...

Sounds awesome, right? After all this build up, [b:The Dragon Heir|2866413|The Dragon Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #3)|Cinda Williams Chima|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1206645200s/2866413.jpg|2529437] should be the apex of excitement and epic adventure! And yet--it's actually kinda boring. There are so many characters, and they all get more than their fair share of inner monologues about their personal problems. Even though this is the final battle, Chima introduces all manner of extraneous characters and extra plot points, then forgets about half of them. It's an unfocused mess of a book, and the climax is an unsatisfying deus-ex-machina.

The world building is subpar (I'm still bothered by the fact that we never see any hint that there's a broader world out there--it's all either western Europe or America. If both sides are in such dire straits, how come they never thought of seeking out help elsewhere?) and the plot is inconsistent. Chima isn't great at creating novel, memorable characters, either--I literally could not remember which male teen was which. That said, when Chima focuses on Seph, Jack or Madison, the story comes alive. And Chima is one of the few ya novelists who doesn't do gender essentialism. I loved that the male and female warriors are described using the same language (none of that half-hearted bullshit about how the dude is so strong and brawny and the lady is "lithe" or "slender"--they both hack people to death with swords and have got the incredible fore-arms to prove it). The characters have a wide range of motivations, abilities, and goals, irrespective of gender. It's sad how excited I am to find a fantasy book without that set of stereotypes.

Overall, I'd recommend this series, but with the caveat that the last book doesn't live up to what came before it. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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"The covenant that was meant to keep the wizard wars at bay has been stolen, and Trinity must prepare for attack. Everyone is doing their part -- Seph is monitoring the Weirwalls; Jack and Ellen are training their ghostly army; even Anaweir Will and Fitch are setting booby traps around the town's perimeter. But to Jason Haley, it seems like everyone wants to keep him out of the action. He may not be the most powerful wizard in Trinity, but he's prepared to fight for his friends. When Jason finds a powerful talisman --a huge opal called the Dragonheart--buried in a cave, his role takes on new importance. The stone seems to sing to Jason's very soul -- showing him that he is meant for more than anyone guessed. Trinity's guardians take the stone away after they realize that it may be a weapon powerful enough to save them all. Without any significant power of his own, and now without the stone, what can Jason possibly do to help the people he cares about -- and to prove his mettle? Madison Moss can feel the beating heart of the opal, too. The desire for it surges through her, drawing her to it. But Maddie has other things besides the Dragonheart on her mind. She has a secret. Ever since absorbing the magical blow that was meant to kill Seph, she's been leaking dark powers. Although Maddie herself is immune to magic, what would her friends think if they knew what kind of evil lay within her? Trinity's enemies are as enthusiastic about her powers as she is frightened. They think they can use her to get to the Dragonheart -- and they'll use anyone Maddie cares about to make her steal the stone for them. Moral compasses spin out of control as a final battle storms through what was once a sanctuary for the gifted. With so much to lose, what will Jason and Maddie be willing to fight for -- and what will they sacrifice? Every man is for himself in this thrilling conclusion to the Heir trilogy"--Publisher description.… (more)

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