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- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Paperback | 512 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 34mm | 322g
- Publication date: 3 November 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1780620535
- ISBN 13: 9781780620534
- Sales rank: 110,715
For centuries, wizards have avoided making war on each other for fear of waking the legendary dragon that sleeps at Raven's Ghyll. But it is a new age. The patriarch Nicodemus Snowbeard is rapidly failing. The Wizard Houses of the Red and White Rose have united against Claude D'Orsay, Master of Games and keeper of the Dragonhold, and a moment when he and and his sadistic son Devereaux seem poised to seize control of all of the magical guilds. But then everything changes ...Jason Haley has been trying to be part of the action for months: he wants to help, but no one seems prepared to let him in. Seph is monitoring the defensive walls. Jack and Ellen are training their ghost army, even his Anaweir friends are doing their bit to help. Only Jason seems to be left out - until he stumbles across a powerful talisman, called the Dragonheart, hidden away in a cave. It seems to sing to Jason, its power calling to him. Perhaps, finally, he's going to be able to help. The final battle is coming, and the magical community of Trinity is about to risk the destruction of everything they care about in order to remain free. The outcome is balanced on a knife edge, and the slightest advantage could turn the tide. If Jason can help, if the moody and mysterious Madison Moss can be persuaded to join the Weirguilds before it's too late, and if the friends who make Trinity a place worth fighting for remain true ...
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Cinda Williams Chima is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron. She is a member of the Poets and Writers League of Greater Cleveland, the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She has been a workshop leader and speaker at writing conferences, including the Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference, the Western Reserve Writers' Conference, and the Skyline Writing Conference. She frequently speaks to young writers and readers at schools and libraries nationwide. Chima lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.
By Leonor (Ner) 30 Nov 2012
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"
*This review might contain spoilers!*
This was a book I wasn't expecting to cry in the end. Oh, how wrong I was. I was so blown away by how amazingly Chima's magical battle was I found myself in tears and holding the book as if my life depended on it.
Seph's character shocked me dearly... and when I say dearly, I mean it! He changed so much since book two I barely recognised him. He turned out to be more responsible, more aware of his burden and more mature. Something he sort of lacked in The Wizard Heir.
Jason... Oh Jason!! I still can't believe Cinda killed him. He was one of those characters I was expecting so grand deeds and such a bright future with everything he wished for I cried when he was killed. But I guess he could only die since he was so confused and so at war with himself he didn't know where he belonged.
After all these surprises, I was stunned by Maddie. Wow!! She absolutely nailed it at the end! I wasn't expecting her to be the Dragon heir (I thought Jason was the heir) but she transformed was something big. It was so... so... powerful. And the scene with Lady Aiden left me aghast. She was also one of those characters that changed a great deal from book two. Just like Seph, she became more aware of the consequences surrounding her decisions. Though she was reckless sometimes in the book but letting herself do what was right for others and not what was right for her. She completely ignored her happiness in order to help her brother and sister stick together. There was a moment in the book I could definitely relate to her; neglecting our feelings with the purpose of making everyone else around us okay.
This was such a nice continuation (and hopefully not the conclusion). Despite the fact that I loved it, the end was a bit empty, a little bit vague. It wasn't closed; it was open for more and more stories to enter. And if the rumours are true, we might have a fourth book in 2013/2014. And guess who is going to buy it?!