Chima, Cinda Williams. The Warrior Heir. New York, New York.: Hyperion Books for Children, 2006. Print.
ISBN 13: 978-078683917-9
The Warrior Heir
Written By: Cinda Williams Chima
Reviewed By: Miranda Lennert
Recommended Audience: Teens – Young Adults
The Warrior Heir is the story of sixteen-year-old Jackson Downey-Swift. He Seems to live and ordinary life, having grown up and lived in the small town of Trinity, Ohio. Everything in his life seemed normal, apart with living with only his lawyer mom, Becka Downey, and the unusual scar on his chest. The star shape scar emblasioned on his chest was the result of a life-saving heart surgery performed by Jessamine Longbranch, who later becomes a major player in the book. All Jack had to do was be sure to take his medicine every day, which he was told was balsamaceous.
The story begins when Jack forgets to take his medicine for the first time since he was a baby, being distracted with soccer try-outs later that day. that day was particularly normal, besides Jack being torn between pleasing his mother, by going home to retreive his medicine and earning a detention, and the long awaited for team try-outs. Jack picked soccer. Besides, he’d felt better than he had in ages, he had lots of energy and he did great with the drills, hoping to impress one Ellen Stephenson, whom he had a crush on. She seemed to be in all of his classes. Ellen was new to Trinity and didnt have many friends, but he liked her. Everything was normal until he blew one of the players into the goal without touching him, as if by magic. This is where it starts to unravel.
Jack’s Aunt Linda soon shows up and brings Jack and two of his friends, Will and Fitch, to a small, unknown town of Coal Grove, Ohio. They spent the next few days breking into Town Hall to find some old records, checking the library for death certificates and burial sights and being chased by some sort of “assasin”. They eventually found what they were looking for: a magic sword which had belonged to Jack’s great-great-grandmother, Susannah Downey. Once they had gotten back to Trinity and Jack’s friends were home safe, Linda explained everything. She was an Enchanter, which was why she had the ability to manipulate people and Jack, this was the greatest suprise, was a Warrior. Though Jack was not intended to be a Warrior, he was supposed to be a Wizard, like the one who had attacked them in Coal Grove. His aunt continued to explain that Jack had been born without a stone, which is what determined if one was “Weir”, having some sort of magical abilities, or “Anaweir”, non-magic folk. Being a Warrior, Jack had an Immense amount of training to do, with Linda’s old friend, and ex-boyfriend, Lee Hastings, who just so happened to be the new Vice Principle and Assistant Coach for the soccer team at Jack’s school.
As Jack trained, he learned that he was supposed to fight in a battle to the death with another Warrior, whose identity would suprise you. He was supposed to represent the White Rose, whose ruler happens to be none other than Jessamine Longbranch, the surgeon who save his life, the one who gave him a different stone, intended to have him fight for her right to rule, and also, a Wizard.
Interview with Cinda Chima: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXjWDPotew4&feature=related
Cinda Chima Officiall Website: http://www.cindachima.com/
Preview for the Sequel ‘The Wizard Heir’: https://sites.google.com/site/parentalbookreviews/shadow/the-wizard-heir
Book Talk: http://soundcloud.com/you/tracks <——– i hope this worked 😛