The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima *REVIEW*

The Warrior Heir

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis: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.
Review:I picked up The Warrior Heir on a complete whim this past weekend. My mom had bought a giant haul of fantasy book for me, and a lot of Chima’s books were included. I did not go into this book with super high expectation, because I rarely enjoy older YA fantasy titles.
This book is full of the typical fantasy tropes. A young boy who doesn’t know he has powers has to learn his powers to save the world.
That being said, I did it enjoy this book. I read it in a little over 24 hours and it was an entertaining read that was perfect to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon. It took me back to being a teenager and staying up under the covers to read a good fantasy story.
This book was nothing AMAZING or earth shattering. It was just a fun YA fantasy that was easy to get lost in. I am excited to continue with Chima’s books and explore this world and dive deeper into this magic system.
Overall I would suggest this book to younger readers, or readers that are newer to the fantasy genre. I think readers that have a lot of epic fantasy under their belt may find this read a bit predictable and surface level, but it is fun nonetheless. This was a perfect “palette cleanser” for me between some complex epic fantasy reads.

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