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The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Warrior Heir (2006)

by Cinda Williams Chima

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Series: The Heir Chronicles (1)

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After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jul 29, 2017 |
This is a really great adventure that stands out among YA fantasy, maybe just because it's not focusing on some stupid romance. The world is original and interesting and the characters, while perhaps not incredibly deep, are still cool, as is the plot itself. Satisfying plot twists, though perhaps the ending is a little too happy and put together... ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Jul 8, 2017 |
Ohio, USA by the book. ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this.

Not much of a review, I know, but it was fun, with just the right amount of danger and uncertainty to spice it up.

And no ***** werewolves or vamps [sparkly or otherwise]... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
An ordinary sixteen-year-old finds that he is not so ordinary after all. He finds that he is a pawn in a game played by magical people when he forgets to take his medicine one day. Jack was implanted with a warrior stone when he was an infant. The doctor who implanted him wanted to use him as a warrior in the power games that wizards play. Since those battles were always to the death, the wizards are finding themselves short of warriors leading to warriors being hunted.

Jack just learns that he is part of the magical world and learns that he is a target at the same time. Luckily, he has his Aunt Linda who is an Enchanter and various others who are protecting him and keeping him safe until he has had a chance to grow up.

This story was a well-written tale of a magical world that exists along side our normal world. Jack was an intriguing character who didn't want to follow the path laid out for him and found a way the change it.

The story was filled with action and even had some romance too. ( )
  kmartin802 | Nov 21, 2016 |
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For my mother, Carol Bryan Williams, who told stories
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The scent of wood smoke and roses always took him back there, to the boy he was and would never be again.
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Young adult fiction meets the fantasy world in this thought provoking new novel. Sixteen-year-old Jack Swift thinks he has a heart condition that warrants him swallowing a spoonful of blue medicine every morning, until one day he forgets, and his world is turned upside down. Soon Jack finds out from his quirky aunt that he is not really sick at all, but special. He is one of the last remaining Warriors in an ancient underground society known as the Weirlind. Amidst the everyday struggle of high school, girls, soccer practice, and just plain teenage life, Jack must train for the ultimate fight between the ever-feuding houses of the Red and White Roses—a fight to the death. In this novel Cinda Williams Chima brings to life the clash of magic and the ordinary in an intricate web of literary genius that most authors would need an entire series to create.
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Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity.  Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high-schoolers.  Then one day Jack skips his medicine.  Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before.  And it feels great—until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself:  He is Weirlind; part of an underground society of magical people who live among us.  At the head of this magical society sit the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game—a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death.  The winning house rules the Weir.  

As if his bizarre magical heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind—he’s one of the last of the warriors—at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.

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After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.

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