Title: The Warrior Heir
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Series Status: 1st book in The Warrior Chronicles
# of pages: 426
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
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.
This is another read of mine that I have been hearing about forever and finally picked up. I have to say this one didn’t live up the hype but I still really enjoyed it.
The first and really only problem that I had with this story was how poor the pacing was. The beginning was insanely slow and dragged so much that I thought about putting it down completely but after skimming a couple of comments on the book I realized that it does pick up. And it definitely does! Once that initial bump in the storyline is over the pace manages to pick up and become something really enjoyable but you do have to go through that mild slow part beforehand.
Something that I did really enjoy was the world and magic in this story. I thought originally that it was going to be overly simplistic but it managed to be complex and yet explained really well. I would definitely recommend this if you are trying to get into fantasy.
Another thing that I really enjoyed was the main group of characters. They weren’t an overly close knit group but they resembled real life teenagers to me.
Overall this book was pretty good even if it was a little slow and I definitely want to read more so that I can dive deeper into this series.