The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Published: April 1, 2006 by Disney-Hyperion
Format/Source: Borrowed hardcover
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
I would give this more of a 2.5 but I don’t think it was a 3 for me.
My friend had pitched this book to me over buffalo wings. Which means that really anything would sound fantastic. But I’m not being entirely fair. The premise did sound cool.
Magical people are born with different stones in their chest that determine the kind of magic-doer they are. You can be a sorcerer, a wizard, a warrior, an enchanter…and then there’s the forgotten one that I too am forgetting now. The main character is born without a stone which is basically a death sentence for him. But a wizard transplants a warrior stone into him. It creates a big problem when warriors are used to fight in tournaments to determine the leading clan of wizards.
Unfortunately, it read as fairly unoriginal. There was something lacking with the way the story was told. My friend found it a great commute read because you could pick it up and put it down easily without missing too much. I found that I could basically hold a conversation while reading it and miss parts without actually missing parts. It went one step beyond a ‘light read’ and I won’t attribute that to it’s intended audience of young teenagers…there are plenty of examples of engaging reads for younger audiences that have a bit more emotional weight to it than this had.
I would definitely recommend it as a light commute read. But I didn’t exactly enjoy the experience.