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Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem. It's the trail of magical accidents-lately, disasters-that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained--and his powers are escalating out of control. After causing a tragic fire at anSixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem. It's the trail of magical accidents-lately, disasters-that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained--and his powers are escalating out of control. After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys' school on the coast of Maine. At first, it seems like the answer to his prayers. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards. But Seph's enthusiasm dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own dangerous agenda.In this companion novel to the exciting fantasy The Warrior Heir, everyone's got a secret to keep: Jason Haley, a fellow student who's been warned to keep away from Seph; the enchanter Linda Downey, who knew his parents; the rogue wizard Leander Hastings, and the warriors Jack Swift and Ellen Stephenson. This wizard war is one that Seph may not have the strength to survive....

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The Wizard Heir Reviews

  • Anne
    2018-09-11 06:45

    3.5 starsThe first book was about Warriors, so now it's time to find out about the Wizards!I do think I was a bit more invested in the characters this time around, so I've got to bump the rating up just a tad for this one. On the surface, Seph...which is just the oddest nickname for Joseph I've ever heard...looks like just another a trust fund baby, who can't seem to stay in one school for very long without screwing up. But, in truth, he's a wizard who doesn't know how to control his power. Lucky for him, a kindly giant with an overgrown beard swoops in to help him!No. Wait. That was a different book.There can be more than one story about a young wizard boy trying to grow up while being hunted by bad guys at every turn, right? Right.Anyway, after a particularly nasty fire that started because another wizard used a magical drug to roofie Seph's drink at a club, he ends up quickly shuttled off to a reform school out in the middle of BFE by his lawyer/guardian.And once he's there, he has to choose between being a basketball star, or following his heart (& the girl of his dreams) and singing in the...Nope, nope. That doesn't sound right, either.Hang on.*thumbs through pages*Ok, yes, now I've got it.It turns out that this is no regular reformatory for the rich and famous. The headmaster is, in fact, an evil wizard hell-bent on mentally torturing Seph until he basically gives up his free will, and hands over his power to him. And since Seph is untrained, it looks like Principal McEvil will win!Until two little mice show up to save him!Or...no. Um. Yeah, I think I may have seen the mice thing somewhere else.My memory isn't what it used to be, you know?Don't judge.Look, I enjoyed this book quite a bit, even though it wasn't the bestsest thing I've ever read. So, if you're interested in seeing what actually happens why don't you just read this one for yourself?

  • Jen
    2018-09-08 02:07

    Awesome... so awesome!I still can't believe this simple, brilliant series.A friend sent me my own personal copy of this book. I retrieved it from the mail on Monday.I finished it last night.Those 24 hours are a blur.I cried in relief when, halfway through the book, Linda Downey announced her arrival. I had been waiting to see who it was from the first volume that Seph would come into contact with. I had absolutely no reason whatsoever to expect it would be her. I figured he'd escape the Havens, walk all the way to the Sanctuary and encounter a certain pair of young warriors. Wow.Nothing will prepare you for the plot of this one.It was just incredible. So many endearing characters...Several times I found myself thinking "well why don't they just..." or "If only..." only to realize that, alas, with all of the fantasy books I have read of late, I was mixing up some various and completely different series! What is the significance of the Witch's Hand? will it affect the bearer's magic or abilities? Will this be explained in better detail later?Onward to the Dragon Heir!

  • Darren Hagan
    2018-09-09 04:00

    This was so amazing!I mean, The Warrior Heir was pretty good but this just kicked it up a notch.I literally didn't want to put it down on a night.The perfect way to finish off April!

  • Michelle *The Bookish Hobbit*
    2018-09-14 08:41

    A solid 4*. I liked that Seph was portrayed as a practicing Catholic (being a Baptised and Confirmed Catholic myself though a bit out of practice at the moment), and NOT portrayed as a crazy, religious loon like so many *ignorant* people believe Catholics are (eating real flesh/blood at Mass...what?! Ignorant jack@sses need to brush up on the real meaning of being [Roman] Catholic!). (NOTE: This isn't a religious book, the main character just happens to have religion, like the majority of the US population.) I felt like there was a little something missing but couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it's still a great story. It got me out of a reading slump that I've been in for, like, forever. A worthy second entry to the Heir Chronicles.

  • Isaac Hamlet
    2018-08-20 02:48

    I know I gave this a lower score than the original despite a better story and slightly better characters. The real problem here is the author either refuses to do a necessary final draft or writes that inconsistently. There are points in the story where she'll go from moments of vast detail to none at all. There is a scene where the main character and the antagonist are trying to overpower each other with magic. She describes their strain and struggle for about three paragraphs. Then out of the blue the antagonists stooges come out and beat the main character up. She basically goes from vivid detail to; the door opened and the alumi appeared, overpowered Seph, and beat him to the ground. No other struggle is described it's just over and it wouldn't bug me so much if it didn't happen over and over again. Another of my problems is that the characters are some of the most two demintional I've ever seen, there are guy characters girl characters, and Hastings and Linda who hardly stand out from the former and the ladder. Really Seph and Jack are practically the same person which wouldn't have been as bad if Jack didn't come in half way through the story. Some of the secondary characters are actually more vivid than the primary characters, namely Filtch, I have more of a sense of who he is than most of the main characters, I've never seen that (like this) in a book, in movies, but not in books.It would have been much more enjoyable if it had been about Seph staying at the Havens and trying to get away. Instead she brings the characters from this book and the first one together which both excites and disappoints. But with these books it seems I have a better feel for them the longer I wait to review which is simply because (for the most part)her plots are good. Sure her characters are colorless and sterotypical (it seemes like every wizard except Leander, Snowbeard, and some other random guy mention for the purpose of killing are the only good wizards, none of the others seem to have an ounce of humanity.) All the antagonists and protagonists are the same. Antagonists: Heartless and evil. Protagonists: All (despite the authors best efforts) saints. But if you enjoyed the first one then read it. If you haven't noticed the things I've mentioned, read it. I'll probably be reluctanly returning for the third book mearly to see some characters die but hey, it's a goodread. (More or less.)

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-09-13 07:06

    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.comSixteen-year-old Seph (Joseph) McCauley is a double orphan. His parents died in a tragic accident so long ago that he doesn't remember them. (At least that's what the paperwork says; Seph's pretty sure it's fake.) Not too long ago he lost Genevieve, the woman who raised him and cared for him. Since then he's been shipped from town to town, from school to school. The only thing that stays the same is the reason he keeps having to leave. Weird things happen around Seph--birds attacking, explosions, fires--and the last time, somebody died. Seph knows that if he could find someone to train him, he could control, or harness, or even use his magic. If it doesn't happen soon, he might just self-destruct. Literally. His latest prison is an all-boys school in the middle of nowhere on the coast of Maine. Seph expected that the other students might be a bit different from what he's used to, but these kids are beyond weird. And the teachers, well, that's a whole other thing. Wonder of all wonders, the headmaster, Gregory Leicester, is a wizard, and wants to train Seph! It seems his prayers have been answered. But something still feels - off. The way the students behave towards the headmaster, the way the other teachers treat him, the "research students" in the special dorm... Leicester seems to want more than Seph is willing to give. A battle of wills, of frightening proportion, begins. The more Leicester wants him to do something, the less Seph is willing to give in. The only answer is escape or death. But what if escape is just the beginning? Fun, exciting, non-stop reading. I didn't let it out of my sight until I found the time to finish it. I think I may have a crush on Seph. What can I say; I like the dark, edgy guys. There is another book written by the author that fits in the timeline before this, called THE WARRIOR HEIR. That book is not at all necessary to read first. I haven't read it yet, and I really liked this book. Although you can bet I plan on devouring that one shortly! For readers of THE WARRIOR HEIR, I believe the main character is Jack, and rest assured he plays a big part in the second half of this book. Which gives me hope that Seph might turn up again.

  • Violet
    2018-09-18 06:44

    i LOVED this book. Seph, a very powerful wizard, doesn't realize that he's a wizard until he goes to the Havens when he's 16, a school for boys. The headmaster, Gregory Leicester, takes advantage of the fact that the wizards who go to his school are untrained and aren't affiliated with either of the two warring houses (the Red Rose and the White Rose), and the wizards that come to his school are mentally tortured by nightmares until they agree to link to Leicester. Seph refuses and nearly dies after months of mental torture, until his "guardian" comes to pick him up from the Havens, when Leicester has almost beaten Seph to death. but, although that seems to be a happy ending, there's a bigger picture in the process. Read this book to find out what happens! it's the BEST BOOK EVER!!! and trust me, i've read, like, every great fantasy/ fiction book for YA . . . well, maybe not all of them. but a lot of them . . .

  • Noelia Alonso
    2018-09-07 07:44

    ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 STARSThis sequel was quite a great improvement from the first book (I've read this in one day and that rarely happens). Way more engaging in my opinion and less predictable. I found Seph, the main character, way more likeable than Jack or at least less whinny and more sensible and useful. And I'm kind of intrigued to see how the third book goes.

  • Shannon
    2018-08-21 01:42

    This sequel to The Warrior Heir was a decent, if somewhat predictable follow up. At the end of the first book, I had wondered whether Chima would use the same characters in subsequent books. The Warrior Heir didn't end on a cliffhanger, so I thought she might start up with an entirely new cast of characters. I was pleased to find The Wizard Heir did have many of the same characters, albeit with the focus on a new main character, Seph (short for Joseph).The Wizard Heir was, in certain sections, a darker book than its predecessor. Seph is an untrained orphan wizard who has spent his life in boarding schools and is haunted by strange fires and other unexplained accidents caused by releases of his wizard power. Seph's newest boarding school is run by a wizard who wants to steal Seph's power.Over the course of this book, Seph unintentionally wounds, hurts and even kills innocent bystanders. His emotional journey through these events is believably difficult and I enjoyed how the citizens of Trinity helped Seph recover physically, mentally and emotionally from his boarding school nightmare.I found Seph a likable character and I thought the inclusion of a Catholic wizard a nice touch. Faith is not always incompatible with fantasy. :-)While I found this book more predictable than The Warrior Heir, I think The Dragon Heir is a strong finish to this series, so it's worth reading this book if only to round out your understanding of the world Chima has created.

  • Fenia
    2018-09-10 01:54

    Great book. Amazing plot,lots of character development and breath-taking twists!! I would write more but i'm kinda sick so i can't. But anyway,its a lovely book full of adventure and suspense and a bit of romance :)

  • Colleen Earle
    2018-09-05 06:53

    This was a reread for meI liked this more than the first book in the seriesThere was more mystery and intrigue I liked the character development

  • Will L.
    2018-09-05 08:48

    Have you ever considered that there might be people in our world that contain certain magical powers, powers that in turn could be used for good or evil? This not a possibility, but a reality in Cinda Williams Chima’s book, “Wizard Heir”. In Chima’s captivating novel (the sequel to “The Warrior Heir”), she describes Seph McCauley’s evolution from being a young, untrained wizard in captivity to one of the worlds most powerful wizards.Seph has been an orphan his whole life, and had been changing schools for as long as he could remember due to trouble’s knack for always following him around. His guardian told Jason that this new school, the Havens, was his last chance to straighten out his act, or he would be written out of his parents will. As soon as Seph got to the school, he knew something was not right. McCauley was recruited to join an evil clan of wizards headed by Gregory Leicester, and was heavily tortured when he refused. Seph was stuck in the school with no way of contacting the outside world. The only reason he survived was that he met another wizard named Jason who knew how to resist the torture. Jason tried to escape before Seph, and Seph having no way to know whether he made it had no other choice but to try himself. After many failed attempts at contacting his guardian, he finally broke into the headmaster’s office(the only computer with internet access, and only place with an unmonitored phone on campus) and wrote a desperate email. He wrote in the email that if nobody came to save him, he would kill himself after 24 hours. His guardian did get his email, and came straight to the rescue. Soon after, he was expunged from the biggest nightmare of his life.Once rescued, he met his real mother, Linda Downey. Linda told him that she was sorry for not being there for him, but he would not have been safe with her. She lived a very dangerous lifestyle, involved heavily in wizard politics. She then took Seph to the sanctuary where her sister, and warriors Jack and Ellen lived. It is there where Seph mastered his wizardry, and recuperated from the torture he endured at the Havens. Seph had walked into a world full of chaos. The covenant that was meant to maintain peace in the weir world had been stolen, and the sanctuary was vulnerable.Seph later found out that Jason did in fact escape, and became an operative for the Silver Dragon. He snuck into the heavily guarded Ravens Gyll, and found what is supposed to be the most powerful weapon in the world. The Dragon Heart is the one thing that can save the world or destroy it. Will they harness the powers of this powerful Talisman and free the world from the domination of wizards, or take all the power for themselves? Seph McCauley is a very courageous and genuine character. Seph does all that he possibly can to save the people that he loves. He was brave enough to go to Second Sister island, even though it was an obvious trap. He knew he had to go there if there was any chance that the new covenant would be accepted. When all was hopeless at Second Sister, he was brave and outsmarted two of the most powerful wizards in the world. If he had not stood up, and figured out how to kill Leicester, the whole world would be slaves under him. Seph is also a genuine person. Every opportunity he gets, he helps clean up around the house. He also spends a lot of time with his girlfriend Madison Moss, and treats her with the utmost respect and care. He loves so many people, and would put his life down to save each and every one of them. Cinda Williams Chima drives home the theme, with her characters and setting, that everyone can make a difference no matter what power you have. In the story, after escaping from the Havens, Jason felt useless because he was nowhere near as powerful as many of the wizards working for the Silver Dragon. Despite his insecurities, he did all he could to contribute somehow. He ended up finding the dragon heart, which is the most powerful Talisman in the world. Without this weapon, there would be no hope in restoring the balance to the weir world. When all odds were against him, Jason still made a huge impact to saving the world. No matter how tall, strong, or intelligent you are, there is no reason why you can’t make a difference. I highly recommend this book because it is everything that I love: fantasy, romance, and violence. There were wizards and magic, which is a very intriguing topic to write about. This book also had great romance between Jack and Ellen, and great charisma between Seph and Madison. There were numerous fights in this novel, whether it was with wizards, warrior, or both. I would rate this book a ten out of ten because I have nothing but good things to say about it. Cinda Williams Chima is a brilliant author, and has yet again hit a homerun with this suspensful sequel to the Warrior Heir.

  • Lisa
    2018-08-25 07:57

    I loved it! I really liked the Warrior Heir and I think I flew though this novel even faster than the first book. I liked it even more than WH somehow. I think it's interesting that the author wrote the first book about a warrior--the lowest ranking member of the Weir society-- and chose a wizard (the highest) for the second. The two protagonists clearly have strong morals and virtues, and the books worked so well because they both challenged the traditional system as they came into their powers. My favorite part of the book was that in Trinity, Seph stays with Jack. The wariness of their tentative friendship was cool... and it worked well that they ended up friends anyway even though they were so different. And the secrets of Seph's parentage...I won't write any spoilers but it was so nice to see who they were. Although it might have been a little too obvious at a certain point. I admit I went back and re-read a certain section once I knew who his mom was, just to see it through a different lens. Hell, this book is just a lot of fun. Also, I think I've identified a story close to tone (and genre) within YA that my book might be compared to. While I don't have magic in my book, both Chima's books and mine take place in current day, are not bogged down with fantasy or sci-fi speak, and feature character-driven plots. Ah HA. I'm very anxious to read her next book...The Dragon Heir.

  • Avery (ThePagemaster)
    2018-09-06 00:51

    A nice step up from the first installment, The Warrior Heir. To me, this was a more, surprisingly darker novel than the last book; it does have some hard to read scenes. I think Seph had some amazing character development, just like Jack had in his book.I like how instead of your usual series where it follows just a set of characters(usually a trio: two boys, one girl most likely), INSTEAD, each book focuses on an individual character, with the other characters as cameos. Not really companion books, but in likeness. The story itself was original and, with the structure of the aforementioned above, very refreshing. The villain that is Gregory Leicester was brilliantly constructed. The lore of the Weirs continues to fascinate me, knowing that each book explains their respective Weir and will possibly learn of the others, in more detail, in later books.

  • Courtney Robeson
    2018-09-15 08:44

    Honestly, when I started this book, I didn't have high hopes. The first one intrigued me enough to read the second one, but I wasn't too fond of it. Then I read this one, and I was blown away. It's was an amazing book, and the storyline kept me on the edge of my seat. It was full of twists and turns, and I loved it. Also, the fantasy was explained much better in this book than in the first one. I highly recommend.

  • Francesca
    2018-09-03 06:51

    Still not convinced by this series at all. The writing is good and the story interesting but somehow I feel no attachment to the characters and just I don't know something really did not work for me.That said Seph and Jason were more interesting to me than the previous characters. I'll keep reading in the spirit of no new books until I have read the ones on my shelf but meh altogher

  • Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)
    2018-09-12 06:45

    Review:Protagonist: Seph McCauley has had trouble follow him all his life. As an untrained wizard, he can't quite control his powers which have led to him getting kicked out of quite a few boarding schools. Then after an incident where his powers get extremely out of control, he's transferred to the Havens, an elite boarding school, where the headmaster promises to train Seph in wizardry, but after learning the steep cost Seph isn't willing to play in Leicester's political games. Leicester then resorts to less pleasant tactics to push Seph onto his side, how long can Seph hold out before he gives in? I really loved the change of pace with main characters this time around. In The Warrior Heir, we have a main character completely oblivious to the magical world, whereas here Seph at least has a remedial knowledge of the Weir. I loved seeing the comparison and contrast between both main characters as the story goes on. They're both extremely loyal to those who prove themselves worthy, but where Jack has always been a bit cautious Seph takes greater risks, usually getting himself into trouble along the way. Overall, I really liked Seph and as with the first installment this isn't just told from his point of view, we get a great array of fantastically written characters to show off this wonderful story.Romance: There is a bit of a romance in this book, I don't want to get too much into detail because if I say too much I will spoil something, but I do want to just talk in general about how this author handles romance, or maybe more specifically how she handles it with this series, though this is really applicable to her Seven Realms series as well. I love how this author writes romance, it's not some race to a finish line, it's realistic and complicated. This author doesn't resort to tropes to move along her romances, though there isn't necessarily anything wrong with that, I just enjoy the breath of fresh air. In this book, the romance is very light yet still a rather large presence in the plot, quite possibly even more than the first installment. Like I said before, I don't want to spoil anything so I'll just sum it up by saying that I love how this author shows this couple getting to know each other, showing how they care for one another, instead of trying to cram a bunch of milestones into one book and hoping that will convey the characters' feelings.World-Building: With the previous installment in this series ending in a fairly tied up way I was interested in seeing how the plot could be moved forward. When this story begins not that much time has gone by since the end of the previous book, and while it takes a while to truly get there, after a while the main plot begins to form and thicken. Telling this story from the main point of view was interesting, though, with Jack's mixed situation, it was a rather smooth transition. We learn more about the wizard guild in this book, not too much mind you, but more what's happened since the spectacle at Raven's Ghyll. The wizards are in disarray as they don't know how to allocate power anymore. The really interesting part is how this story ties in with the story and the characters from Book 1, which it does. Again, I don't want to give away spoilers, but I will say that it doesn't happen right away but eventually this story begins to feel less like a companion novel and more like a sequel as things are revealed and this story comes to a head.Predictability: I'm sure I've said it before, I've probably said it a hundred times by know, but Chima really knows what she's doing in terms of foreshadowing. Even the stuff that's incredibly obvious seems to be orchestrated that way. It feels almost like a trap so you don't see the really twisted stuff that comes up later on. As this story unfolds it becomes obvious what the major secrets are, maybe not the answers but you know what things are most likely going to be answered by the end of this book. That being said there were a few things that I instantly knew once the smallest crumb of foreshadowing was revealed, and there were things that I either didn't know or didn't think about hard enough that really caught me by surprise. Ending: Going into the home stretch I expected things to be a bit more like the previous installment, where everything wraps up well enough, but there are still problems to face in the next adventure. That being said, while the final climax does wrap a few things up it opens up the story so much more. There are far more cliffhangers at the end of this book than I expected. I do know that originally the third book in this series was meant to be the finale so that being said I should have figured a much more intense ending to this story. the ending itself is a great way to finish off the main story going on in this installment, while at the same time showing that there is still more to come by foreshadowing some things that I'm sure will be addressed in the next, and originally final, installment.Rating:This wasn't necessarily a surprise to me, I expected to love this book, however I think I actually loved it more that the first one and I cannot wait to see what adventures await our heroes in The Dragon Heir.

  • Wendy F
    2018-08-30 05:51

    Before getting to the review for The Wizard Heir let's jump back in time to when I first discovered Cinda Williams Chima. I had finished the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta and I was in love. I still am. It's amazing. Anyway, everyone in my Goodreads group was talking about the Seven Realms series. It took me a long time to give in, I think close to a year, but I finally picked up the first book. I devoured it. Then I ordered the rest of the books and read them back to back. It was beautiful. Some of the very best characters in a Fantasy series. Definitely rivals Lumatere in terms of depth and beauty. I loved it. I still do. Then I noticed everyone talking about the Heir Chronicles by the same author. New is always difficult for me, and in addition I generally am not a fan of series that change main characters with each installment. After a long while I finally picked up the first book, Warrior Heir.Warrior Heir was good... it wasn't outstanding like the first book of Seven Realms, The Crimson Crown. Normally 'good' does the job, but since I was comparing it to the authors other series, 'good' wasn't favorable when compared to 'Outstanding'. So, despite every intention of continuing the series, I never picked up book two, The Wizard Heir.I should never have doubted the author because, while still not 'outstanding', it was sooooo good. It was so good that I found myself unable to put it down. Jack, in Warrior Heir, was more like your typical YA/Middle Grade hero. He was heroic and strong. He was 'good'. Seph, in The Wizard Heir was soooooo good. I suppose it's my predilection for more brooding darker heroes, but I loved him. I loved his strength, and his magical eyes. So, that's the first thing that hooked me. Second, Jack and Ellen were still in the book which made me glad. Third, the plot was far more interesting to me. And lastly, the big surprise. I figured it out, pat on my back, but I loved it anyway.So, yeah, I'm already reading the 3rd book and guess what! It's got Seph in it too, and even a Seph POV. It's also got Jack, and all the other characters that were introduced in the first and second books.So, if you're like me and tend to not like series that switch MC's, don't let that hold you back with this series. They actually do read more cohesive than the back synopsis makes them seem.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-14 08:07

    i bought the wizard heir a few years back, not knowing it was the second book to a series. the aspect of wizards, warriors, seers, enchanters, and sorcerers really caught my attention. i started reading the book immediately taken by the colossal event that eventually sends Joseph (Seph) to the havens. the prologue kinda threw me off at first i must admit but i think that's just because i hadn't read the first book at the time. anyways, so Seph makes it to Maine where the heavens is located and is immediately taken by the feeling that something is off. from here the story was interesting especially since Seph goes through so much physically and mentally, i personally found it a bit dry the first time i read this section, but after i read the warrior heir and came back and read the wizard heir the second time Seph's struggle, was even more captivating. not to give too much away but at the havens Seph then eventually meets Jason another wizard who refuses to join the alumni as well. together the two of them work on defense magic. finally when Seph eventually escapes and makes it to the town of trinity the story really picks up. Seph meets Jack, Ellen, and Nick among the other weir living in trinity. the eventual ending of the wizard heir was amazing! and that's what i thought the first time i read it with no knowledge that there would be another installment and that there was actually a book before it. after reading it i couldn't stop thinking about the characters so when i checked online to see if anyone else shared the same view, i was stoked to see that there was the warrior heir and the dragon heir too. immediately purchasing both and reading them all in sequence i was completely taken with the whole series. the dragon heir was a strong follow, but it had a weak ending, thankfully as of a few months ago Chima announced that there are two more heir books to come the enchanter heir, and sorcerer heir. overall this book, and this whole series in a word is just AMAZING. Chima is one of my favorite authors, and her seven realms series is just as good as the heir series. I've recommended this series to several people of varying ages who have all really enjoyed it. a must read in my opinion.

  • Alexis Miller
    2018-08-22 05:53

    When I first read this book I was perhaps 12 and more likely 11. I had snuck into my older sisters room and was nosing through her stuff (Like only a much younger sibling can do) and I stumbled across her copy of the Wizard Heir. I hadn't read the Warrior Heir, I wasn't even aware of it's existence actually.But wow.The book itself was everything I hadn't gotten a chance to read before. It was decidedly Young Adult a genre my mum didn't really approve of but the book was just fabulous. The characters drew me in, their personalities so much realer to me then anyone I had encountered so far. I was on a hunt for Seph, completely desperate to find real people that mirrored anything like the people in my book. If you haven't read the book, then please do. I've reread it countless times, the bindings split and it's one of my all time favorite reads.I can't say enough about this book other then, for a fantasy book it feels very real. The main character's emotions, guilt, abandonment and hopelessness are so very well sold. The side characters Jason, Madison, Linda, Jack, and all the rest are so very realistic.Oh. Just go read it, yeah?

  • Terry Fedosky
    2018-09-03 03:48

    This book is about Joseph (Seph) McCauley. Seph grew up in a foster home. He was developing some strange abilities, which caused accidents that were perceived as acts of juvenile delinquency. He was a young wizard, with no training, leaking power. He was placed in his fourth school in three years. This school was run by a wizard, whose objective was to use the abilities of every young wizard that found his way there. Beaten and tortured, Seph is finally able to get a message to the law firm that controls his business. His guardian takes him to Trinity, Ohio, a haven for the gifted. There, Seph will learn the truth about his parentage and get training on his skills. For the first time, he will have friends and feel like he belongs somewhere. I was happy to see characters from the first book in the series also were in this book. Also, this series mostly takes place in the United States, and in present time. I enjoyed this book, as I have all the other Chima books I've read. The series is good, even if I like The Seven Realms series better.

  • Nina Levine
    2018-08-27 04:03

    The 2nd in the series, this tale is a worthy companion to the Warrior Heir and leaves you hungry for Dragon Heir. Seph believes he is an orphan who was raised primarily by a loving foster mother until her death 3 years earlier. He knows he is a wizard and desperately wants to find a teacher so he can learn to understand, control and develop his powers but no teacher has been forthcoming as he is shunted from one boarding school to another. He leaves a trail of unintended destruction behind that only adds to his need to find a teacher. His legal guardian sends Seph to a new school in Maine, the Havens which is a turning point in Seph's education and his life. The headmaster is a master wizard who wants Seph to join his magical collaborative. Presented for the 1st time with the opportunity to learn his trade, Seph is cautious enough to avoid being linked to the collective -- just in time, but his refusal unleashes a torrent of torturous events. Seph discovers much about himself -- both as a individual and history in the tail of adventure.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2018-09-07 08:53

    Nope. I was wrong. This book turned out not to be better than the last one, it just gone more like a soap opera. Will not be continuing the series.

  • Me
    2018-08-27 01:05

    I read this series out of order, so this one didn't have such a great feel. But most of that's my fault.

  • McKay
    2018-09-18 05:06

    The Heir Chronicles: The Wizard HeirThe book The Wizard Heir is the second in a series of five books, and is about a 17 year-old boy named Joseph, or Seph for short. Seph has been kicked out of a number of schools, but not because he is a bad kid, but because he is different. He is an untrained, and very powerful, wizard. His inability to control his magic, from lack of training, had resulted in a number of accidents, that got him kicked out of multiple schools. Finally, after he started an accidental fire in his friend’s house, and kills one of his best friends, his guardian decides to do something different with him. His guardian sends him to a boarding school for troubled kids called “The Havens”. However, as soon as Seph arrives, he figures out that this place isn’t what he thought it was. The principle, Dr. Leicester, is an evil man who tortures Seph day and night while at the Havens, and won’t let him leave. Seph tries a number of times to escape, but to no avail. If he wants to escape, he’s going to have to learn to control and harness his magic, but how can he do that with no one to teach him?I thought this was an incredible book. There was a lot of depth to every character, that made you feel attached to them and helped you to empathize with them when things weren’t going their way. I also liked it for the many plot twists it had. Every chapter it seems like there was another one and it shocked me every time. You can never predict what will happen next in this book.I would recommend this book mostly to people who love fantasy. While it has many great things about it that would be enjoyable to read in any book, it is mainly just a cool, fictional book meant for entertainment.My personal favorite quote from this book is when the main character, Seph, says to his friend at the Havens, “Well, I’m already half-way under. I may as well go all the way”. I mainly like this quote because of the situation he’s in when he says it. As mentioned before, he is tortured in his sleep every night by Dr. Leicester, for refusing to give him what he wants. By saying this, he is showing a tremendous amount of bravery and endurance, because he doesn’t know how long he’s going to be at the Havens. It could be a year or two as far as he knows, and he’s still willing to resist. This in my opinion, was the main theme of the book. Endure whatever bad situations may come up in life, because you’ll get through them eventually.All things considered, I would say that Cinda Williams Chima did an amazing job on this book. If you’re looking for a fun, yet well-written book to read, this book is definitely right for you.

  • Katharine Willard
    2018-09-12 02:43

    Oooooh, I was wondering how they'd continue this, whether it would crossover with the first one or be an entirely separate story but within the same world.I'm glad that it crossed over to be honest. I enjoyed Jack's character so much in the first one that I couldn't quite feel the same about Seph (although Jack came across a little cold and grouchy in this one?)I liked the story though. It had an intriguing concept and a good mysterious element to it. Unfortunately, I did guess who his parents were and it wasn't that big of a reveal as to who the Dragon was either.Not to worry though because the story was solid and I can see how it could possibly unfold in the others to come.I don't think I enjoyed this as much as the first one though because that had more of a medieval element to it which I just love.One scene that particularly stands out though, which I think was fantastic, was the scene where Madison and Seph go off together for a picnic by a scenic river. It doesn't have a big impact on the story or anything, I just thought it was so beautiful and could picture it in so much detail.Can't wait to see what the others have in store.

  • Dylen kicherer
    2018-09-18 07:57

    Personal ResponseThe Wizard Heir was a really good book and was the second book in the series. I did not like how the book was written, but it became easier to read once I got into the book. The book was written in a third person point of view that was confusing in the beginning. But the way that it was written out made it more interesting, because I knew what was happening with all of the characters. Seph was born with a wizard stone, but he did not know how to use his power.The book always kept me on my toes and made me want to keep on reading. The book had action and also a little romance and drama.Plot The book revolved around the main character named Seph. He gained special powers inherited from his ancestors from a wizard stone inside his body. There were five different kind of stones the warrior, wizard, enchanter, soothsayers, and the sorcerer's stone. They were all very powerful in their own ways, but the wizards had the upper hand in the fight. The wizards were considered the strongest amongst all of the weirs, because they had the power of speech casting. Seph did not know how to use his powers because he was not trained. Both of Seph’s parents were killed in a accident. He was later adopted but his guardian passed away. Seph was being looked after by a lawyer now. Seph had to change schools a lot because he could not control his powers.CharacterizationThere is Seph who is the main character through the book. He possessed a wizard stone which made him extremely powerful, but he would need learn how to control his powers. Both of Seph’s parents were killed. Seph’s legal guardian now is a lawyer. Seph could make friends very easily, but the relationships would never last very long because he was always moving schools. Dr. Leicester was the headmaster of the Havens. The Alumni are all of Dr. Leicester's underlings, because they went through a ritual to connect with the headmaster. Jason was a wizard who did not go through with the ritual either. He was one of Seph's best friends who was also a wizard. Jason also taught Jack some spell and helped him study.Impact of setting The book was mainly set on a campus that was miles and miles long. The campus was also surrounded by a wall that no one could climb over or break because it was a magic barrier. Seph tried to escape a lot but somehow the Alumi always knew where he was. There was also a pond that was outside and swimming class was always held there. A lot of the rooms had hidden cameras in them, so Dr. Leicester always knew what was going on in the school.Thematic connectionThe main theme is coming of age. When Seph became old enough for the Wizard stone to fully activate, his whole life changed. He had to move around because he would always get into trouble because he would lose control of his powers. Seph had to learn to control his power or he could cause a lot of harm to other people.RecommendationI would recommend this book to everyone 16 and up. This book has some difficult parts that make it harder for the reader because of the third person point of view. The book is written from a third person point of view, so it can get confusing to some people if they do not pay attention. This is the second book of the series, but it still kept my interest because it felt like a whole new experience than the first book.

  • Hayley Swanson
    2018-08-21 01:54

    Definitely not as exciting or gripping as the first book, but I liked it anyway. Seph is kind of bland in my opinion. And I wasn't a fan of him using magic to persuade girls into dating him. But the story was pretty aight. Kind of felt like two stories in one though; the part at the Havens and all the stuff after didn't feel super connected.

  • Luv
    2018-08-25 07:39

    I initially thought it was going to be a better story than Warrior Heir. It started off that way, but towards the middle to end, the writing became a bit sloppy. Good story overall, but way too predictable

  • Janus the Erudite Artist
    2018-09-13 07:42

    You only need book one from Chima's series to absorb the lore and then the rest is like breathing... I need book three!