The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles Series #1)

The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles Series #1)

by Cinda Williams Chima


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786839179
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Series: Heir Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 47,275
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cinda Williams Chima made her debut as a young adult author with The Warrior Heir. Cinda is a graduate of the University of Akron, where she now teaches. A freelance writer, she has published more than 100 reviews, feature articles, and essays in local and national media. Her nutrition column appears regularly in the Taste section of the Plain Dealer. Chima lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons.

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The Warrior Heir (Heir Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 726 reviews.
Ravenclaww More than 1 year ago
The Warrior Heir is about a sixteen-year-old called Jack. He lives a pretty regular life. Trying out for soccer and crushing on girls. You know the regular old stuff. But all of a sudden he's thrown into a life that's completly different than what he's used to. A life where magic exists, where warriors compete each other in a tournament held by wizards, and where people such as enchanter and seers are considered low life. A life where he is in danger. The Warrior Heir started with a strong opening and concluded even better. Through-out the whole novel questions were being brought up that made you think. I still remember being introduced to a character and saying oh they're evil. All of a sudden it turns out they're good. But wait another twist, he's like a mix. He's doing good but for himself which puts people in danger and makes him seem evil. And it continues from there. Every character in The Warrior Heir had a story. Even though not all were told you can't help but think about how their life is. It's not like most novels where let's say you're introduced to a bully and he's just the bully. Cinda Williams Chima introduces a bully and makes you think to yourself, why does he do this? What is he going through to do this? And you begin to question and think of ideas on why. Cinda Williams Chima is an amazing writer that doesn't get as much credit as she deserves. I can finally say that I have found a writer who I can say, hey she's up there with J.K. Rowling in this kind of genre. She's not number one but she's up there. I can not wait to finish reading The Wizard Heir which already is making me drop my jaw. I recommend this book to everyone who loves to read. You will not be dissapointed.
A_Pseudonym More than 1 year ago
I don't know if it was my mood or what but I read the Prologue and just put the book down. It took me almost a month to come back to it. I reread the Prologue and then the next chapte, and then the next. I could not WAIT for school to be over so I could read in peace. This is not a book you should read if you have anything important to do; I have ignored my research paper that is worth half my grade just to finish this it. I have to admit, it has been a long time since I have read a book that could get my heart pumping with fear or excitement and literally feel the adrenaline rush as the climax approached. This book has a wonderful mix of adventure, magic, intriguing surprises and complex characters you can't help but root for. With an ending that leaves you scrambling for Cinda Williams Chima's next book it is a must read!
Veronica_Scribe More than 1 year ago
When I first got this book, I said, "Oh, this sounds cool, I'll try it out..." And when I actually got into the first five chapters, I found it hard to put this book down. It got to the point where I acted like a Twilight Fangirl over this book. Great story, great characters, awesome prophecy, and just downright great. Plus it blends high school life, which ROCKS. I LOVED this book! Five stars!!
Blaek More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read. This by far is the best Magical world ever. Unlike other books where crazy things. Like Harry Potter is not one of my favorite magic world. This a must read for anyone who like magic and fantasy.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
After the first hundred some pages it becomes hard to put it down. Very good plot twists, its just a good book in general. I highly recommend it!
Burg More than 1 year ago
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima was a story that left with me many questions, and not the normal.what's going to happen next? type of questions. This was a hard read for me to get in to, which is usually not the case with young adult material, let alone fantasy.I usually love everything about being taken into a different world, far away from reality, and normally I enjoy the vacation from reality so much I never want it to end. This was not the case for me with The Warrior Heir. So I found myself wondering if I was just in a reading rut...I've found myself in those every once in a while and because I wasn't flying through the pages I may have just been expecting too much from a book that no matter what...because of my rut, just wasn't going to sustain my appetite for the unattaiable, I'm not sure. Cinda Williams Chima is a talented story teller, this I can say with absolute certainty. Her characters were fun and likeable when she wanted them to be, and awful and frustrating when she was going for that angle. She controlled the story, and the reader was only along for the ride...and it was a good ride, just not the best in my opinion. The main character, Jack, was a good character but hard for me to relate to. I'm not sure if it's just that as a female reader I find that I enjoy a strong female lead more than a male lead or what, but this is just one of the many quetions I was left pondering. One of the supporting characters, Leander Hastings who becomes close to Jack as his teacher/mentor reached the top of my favorites list for characters in this novel. He was mysterious and I was never sure if Jack should be putting his trust in him so completely. But I think it was Leander's questionable nature that made him so interesting to me. Jack's aunt Linda was another character I found myself liking. She was strong and formidable.a real source to be reckoned with, but she also left me frustrated at times when she was unable to reach the goals she was hoping to obtain. No one is perfect and I often found myself being unnecessarily harsh with my criticism of her lack of "perfection" while I was reading. I'm not sure why I expected so much from her, but I did nonetheless. Despite this not making my top 10 favorites of all time, I must say that although the book was difficult for me to make my way through, the prologue of this story was excellent! The way Chima set up the story and tied up the prologue...I was shocked at how much I wanted to uncover the secrets and mysteries she laid out in only the first few pages of the novel. My dad always said, before you buy a book you're unsure about, sit down and read the first chapter or at least the first few pages to see if you find yourself interested. Now I know this is unfair for all books, some need more than a chapter to pull a reader in and this does not make them any less wonderful all the time, but if I tested my dad's theory on The Warrior Heir, I would have snatched the book from the shelf and run for the register to buy it. The prologue, like I said would pull any reader in right away, it was that good. So while this book was not a favorite of mine, I was glad I read it and I did enjoy it for the most part. This was the first book in a trilogy and I did add the next two installments to my TBR list. Maybe I'll fall in love with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it keep it interesting I never really got bored. Which is good because I can't stand to many books where I am bored out of my mind.
vampire_bookworm More than 1 year ago
this book(and the ones after) are amazingly fantastic. it's mix of real world worries like high school and fictional ones like wizards trying to kill you blend together impeccably well. this is one of my most favorite books.
WerewolfAddict More than 1 year ago
This entire series (or what's out so far) is absolutely wonderful and each book brings something new to the table. Tension also mounts as the series progresses and I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Cinda Williams Chima has become one of my favorite authors, and I suggest that readers of this series check out her Seven Realms series at all. As much as I LOVE the Heir books, the Seven Realms book are just wonderfully written and unpredictable.
JesseDaro More than 1 year ago
I guarantee by the end of this book you will be on the edge of your seat cheering for Jackson Swift! Chima constructs a fully-realized world of magical intrigue and sinister wizards within the small-town world of Trinity, Ohio. The prologue immerses readers in this complex and deadly plot, effortlessly mingling the medieval and the modern, the fantastical and the actual; the book only gets better from there. All the trials and travails of high school are here - romance, schoolyard bullies, best friends, soccer try-outs - mixed in with the fascinating world of The Weir. The pace is excellent, never boring yet never bewildering, either. The rest of the books in the trilogy are just as engaging. Chima's dialogue is sharp and smart, her characters engaging and believable. All three books would make a terrific gift for any young adult reader - or adult readers who appreciate truly great young adult literature!
Samuel61 More than 1 year ago
When you think mythology, magic, fighting, and dragons, you probably think the traditional: everyone being magical. The interesting thing about Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima is that in order to be one the magical people known as the Weir, you must have a Weirstone located behind your heart. This story has struggles of a typical teenage kid mixed with power in adolescence and ending with a fantastic battle of everything they know. It will have you always wondering what is coming next. The fictional settings that usually occupy books of similar tastes are not totally lost. The initial setting of the story is in the small town of Trinity where everyone knows everyone's business. Jack, along with his family and occasionally his aunt, live there. Many impossible acts take place leading the story to Europe to encounter the many more problems there. You really never know what idea will come into the heads of the characters to direct them to the next location. However, you may not always know what's happening because that is what is intended. The mystery that comes with the only knowing certain parts of the story makes it that much more entertaining. Although at times it can be predictable it is also addicting. The life of Jack Swift takes a sudden turn when he learns a secret that has been kept for years. He has great power. He is suddenly whisked into many things he's never even heard of and not all of it willingly. Betrayal takes a turn on Jack, and he is protected by someone trusted. Betrayal is always around the corner and soon enough he's betrayed again. In all of this Jack is learning, strengthening, and pushing his limits. Jack is becoming a warrior. The real question is whether or not he'll survive long enough to know what that means. If you have ever read a fictional book about magic, you'll find similarities. There is excitement and an interest that keeps you in this book. The magic that manifests when you're an adolescent changes the way of tradition. In the end Warrior Heir is one of a kind, and all in all it should be read by any young book fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Warrior Heir is an outstandingly awesome book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I myself am a huge lover of fantasy and scifi books. This was amazing. So many plot twists as the story goes on that you NEVER want to put it down. I have to say, I was not expecting Ellen tbh. Im currently on pg 340 of book 2 and its so amaxing! Im so glad to see Jack and Ellen and Linda and Will and Fitch, not so much Hastings though . Overall this book was absolutely AMAZING and I reccomend it to anyone who wants a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tgis book has alittle bit of bad words but it helps tell everything much easier!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i couldnt find a book to read , i read hunger games,catching fire, mockingjay, divergent,insurgent,matched,crossed,reached,the demon king series, legend(waiting for prodigy), and conffesions of a murder suspect. At first this book seemed boring. I put it off until now. The crimson crown was the best book in the world. AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE. But i figured " this book cant be all that bad it is still by the same auther" i was wrong this book was amazing! ( not as good as crimson crown of course) but still , it was way better than i thought it would be. The begining was slow , but the middle on was just the picture perfect writing that you expect from someone like cinda. Screw you people who stop at the begining before making it to the good parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was amazing. I had read the series already and wanted to read it for a second time because it was so good. Definitly one of the greatest bbooks i have ever read.
TaylerMegan More than 1 year ago
The world Cinda Williams Chima created, along with her characters, are absolutely perfect and will keep you entertained throughout the book. With all the twists and turns, it's very hard to put down and leaves you breathless with excitement for the next one. It's a shame how few people know of these books because they are truly fantastic and a quick read - but you won't want it to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this a while and am still stuck in the beginning pages of this book. Its an ok book and the only reason i dont put it down is because it does leave me curious as to whar happens next. One other thing is i find myself getting lost among the character names. I think i would know who is talking i second guess myself sometimes. Overall a rocky but stable enough start. Just hope it licks up in pace.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
It took me just a little bit to warm up to this book, but after a while I did and it was pretty enjoyable...especially the 2nd half of the book. Looking forward to the next book in the series, The Wizard Heir, which I will be starting shortly. If you are into fantasy stuff, consider checking out this series. So far, so good.
Katdancin More than 1 year ago
I read this book at part of our book club selection. I had a very hard time getting into it. It wasn't until at least halfway through the book that is even started to pick up. There were certain aspects of the book that were somewhat redeeming. I liked the characters. They were interesting and the author tried to show growth. The ending was surprizing but to get there was a real snoozer.
alex943 More than 1 year ago
i saw a friend readding it and asked him about it he didnt say any thing so i thought he was really in to the book so i went out and read it i love this book i just wish the other 2 were about jack and not diffrent
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack lead a life filled with ordinary, granted there were bullies who picked on him in school but they were pretty ordinary. His life changes when he forgets to take his daily medicine and suddenly he's stronger and faster. But he nearly kills someone and it's the start of an adventure.He's actually a member of the Weirlind, an underground society of people with magical powers. He's a warrior, one of the few left and the wizards want him dead or fighting for them. He just wants to live.I did like the story and the characters, they're interesting and the interweaving of magical and mundane is quite a lot of fun and his friends stand by him well. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
BRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tense and exciting adventure piting warriors against wizards. Compelling reading for young teens. Two thumbs up!
dkehoe78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book. Plot and characters well developed and believable.
kathleen.morrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Cinda Williams Chima, but I was a little disappointed in this book. While the story was engaging, the writing feel flat for me. I prefer her later books - specifically the 7 Realms series.