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- Publisher: Hyperion
- Format: Paperback | 426 pages
- Dimensions: 161mm x 210mm x 24mm | 485g
- Publication date: 11 March 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0786839171
- ISBN 13: 9780786839179
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 73,122
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.
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Cinda Williams Chima made her debut as a young adult author with The Warrior Heir. Cinda is a graduate of the University of Akron, where she now teaches. A freelance writer, she has published more than 100 reviews, feature articles, and essays in local and national media. Her nutrition column appears regularly in the Taste section of the "Plain Dealer." Chima lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons.
By TeensReadToo 02 Oct 2010
Jack enjoys his normal life in Trinity, Ohio. He spends time with his best friends, goes to school, and is extremely excited about soccer tryouts. Jack is very healthy, despite the thick scar that resides above his heart and the medicine he has to take every day. Life is ordinary - until he forgets to take his medicine.
Soccer tryouts are a breeze. Jack has never felt so alive, and when his nemesis, Lobeck, gets in his way, Jack slams him into the goal - without touching him. Jack doesn't realize he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people, and when he sent Lobeck flying into the soccer net, the magic he released acted as a signal to others around him.
Jack, destined to be a wizard but born without his stone, was saved by a leader of the White Rose. The moment Jack's life was saved, his destiny changed. Now, with a warrior stone behind his heart, he is meant to fight for the White Rose in a magical tournament - if he survives until his magic fully manifests.
Jack is one of the last warriors and both the Red and the White houses want him to fight for them. Whichever house wins the fight-to-the-death tournament has the power to control the magical community.
In a world full of wizards, warriors, seers, sorcerers, and enchanters, Jack doesn't know who to trust. Nothing around him is as it seemed.
THE WARRIOR HEIR is the first in a trilogy by Cinda Williams Chima. The story contains many lovable characters, including Jack's two Anaweir (non-magical) best friends. Even though Fitch and Will don't have magical powers, they find a way to be instrumental in Jack's struggle for survival.
THE WARRIOR HEIR is a delightful fantasy. You'll definitely want to read the next two in the series, THE WIZARD HEIR and THE DRAGON HEIR.