Monday, June 29, 2015

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Title: The Warrior Heir

Author: Cinda Williams Chima

Published: Hyperion, 2007

Pages: 426

Series: Book 1, The Heir Chronicles

Summary: 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 their helm sits 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 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.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have had this book sitting on my shelves for four years so I figured it was high time I got around to reading it.  I picked the book up and was instantly drawn in by the prologue.

Unfortunately, after the prologue it took me a while to get back into the story.  I believe this was mostly due to the fact that the writing style is quite unique and not what I had expected, so it took me a little bit to get used to the book.

Jack is supposed to be sixteen but really I thought he was about thirteen or fourteen, I think this is because the book has been written in such a way that it appears more suitable for a younger audience but I did feel like it made some things weird.  There isn't any sex scenes or anything but there would be mentions of people having been together, in this subtle way that made it more awkward than anything.  I just didn't understand why it was mentioned if the target audience of the book don't need to know about it.

The story itself is actually really interesting, and once I got into it I was intrigued and wanting more.  I did find, after a point however, things started getting a little slow again.  It was sort of up and down between interesting parts and parts that weren't overly exciting.

I feel that overall I enjoyed reading The Warrior Heir.  One thing I kept in mind was that this was Cinda Williams Chima's first novel so hopefully the next book will be an improvement.  That being said, I am interested in reading the next book in the series to see what happens next.

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