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The Warrior Heir (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Cinda Williams Chima

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Title:The Warrior Heir
Authors:Cinda Williams Chima
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2007), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 448 pages
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The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (2006)

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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 |
A great story, and a strong start to a powerful trilogy! A must read for any magic/fantasy lover ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Good story about magic, and wizards and growing up. But the best part is the interesting system and power struggles Cinda Williams Chima has conceived. ( )
  Lylee | Apr 3, 2016 |
Teenage Jack is thrust into an ancient grudge match between two sorcerous clans. He was born into the Warrior guild, which means that as soon as the Wizard guild finds him, they will force him to fight to the death in their magical arena. The world building, sadly, just does not make sense. I just didn't believe any of it. Additionally, Jack is frustratingly boring. Luckily his friends are great: strong, stout-hearted Will, clever and loyal Fitch, and athletic and self-controlled Ellen. The well rounded nature of the supporting characters gives me hope for this author's next book. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Pretty good, kinda of dragged at the end. ( )
  umbiela | Feb 16, 2016 |
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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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