Sunday, September 2, 2007

"The Wizard Heir" by C. Chima

Troubled teen orphan Seph McCauley hops from boarding school to boarding school. Of course we learn the source of his problems lies in the fact he is a wizard. "The Wizard Heir" is a stand alone companion book to Chima's "The Warrior Heir." Several of the characters from the first book make appearances in Seph's story, but the story is Seph's. A pawn in a growing battle between the forces in the wizard world, Seph fights off being used for purposes he doesn't understand while trying to learn who he is and who his parents were.

Chima saves this book from being a typical 'who am I/where did I come from' story because she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She kills off a few symphathetic characters, Seph is put through a wizarding ringer and he doesn't get the girl in the end.

Even though this title is a stand alone, I'd read the first one before sitting down to enjoy this book. Chima has built a layered world for her YA series and some of the details and alliances are better explained in "Warrior Heir." This was an enjoyable read and I'll look forward to the next few books in this series.

Up next: Dissolution by C. Sansone...a murder mystery featuring hunchback Matthew Shardlake set in Tudor England.

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