Saturday, 21 December 2013

The Heir Chronicles #1 The Warrior Heir

Presenting The Heir Chronicles #1 The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima.

Here is the summary of the book:

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.

Taking known events of history and giving it the major fiction-y twist, 'The Warrior Heir' sure was a competent read. 'War of the Roses' now knew of the term but not what it described, since our world history lessons don't go that deep. But yes war between the 'White Rose' and 'Red Rose' to control the throne of England...... well that maybe what history books tell us but Chima gives it quite the amazing twist..... In her universe these two factions are powerful magical houses and for hundreds of years they have been fighting 'the game', pitting warrior against warrior in a game to the death to show their supremacy..... And this is how Jack finds himself in the middle of all the commotion.

Jack Swift, was quite the protagonist. Last of the warrior race.... Well born a wizard but transplanted with the warrior stone, he grows into quite the capable teenager. Things start to unravel for him as soon as he finds out he is a part of an ancient legacy. I particularly liked the way he takes everything new with a pinch of salt coming his way. His metamorphosis into the titular character with his magical sword is perhaps one of the greater goods of the book.

This actually starts off as quite the different book. Witches, Wizards and enchanters and ghosts and soothsayers and dragon. Chima gives her invention quite the solid mythos, starting from the past and ending at the present. Everyone of them plays some important role in this tale.... I'm still thinking exactly why it took me a year to get to this because this was quite the wonderful read. The chase, the fights. the bouts, the training, the game of death and finally the Earth shattering conclusion....This is quite marvelously a perfect standalone tale (even without the consequent companions).

"Action packed and an exciting, and riveting read"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Hyperion

Release Date: 27th February, 2007

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 


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