[REVIEW] The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
An epic battle between good and evil...

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.

I read this book for the Booksplosion July book of the month. I though it was absolutely amazing. I loved that the story was from a male's point of view.  I've read too many from the female perspective. This book have an element of surprise (sort of) towards the end. 

I liked this book so much that I picked up the second one of the series. I loved how Jack thought he was a normal kid until he stopped taking his 'medication' which showed how strong he actually was. It is similar to other stories but I absolutely loved the magical aspect. 

The story kept me entertained the entire time I was reading. I almost wasn't able to put it down; it was that good. I say almost because Ellen was so involved in the story that I was curious why. She didn't seem like just a crush that Jack had or anything. Some of the things she did (or lack there of) make me curious about he. Turns out she is the warrior that Jack is supposed to fight in the end. 

I would suggest that you read this book if you enjoy fantasy, magic and fighting. I can't wait to continue on with the series. It isn't a continuation series because each books has a pretty good ending instead, it is mostly companion novels that take place in the same 'world.' I have also heard that some of the characters appear in the other novels. 

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.com

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