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Content Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Review by Andye

Book one in The Heir Series

Intended age:  YA            Age of main Character:  16

One March day, Jack Swift, a high school student in a small college town, forgets to take the medicine he’s taken daily since he was an infant. There ensues a cascade of events that puts him in mortal danger.

Jack discovers he carries a secret within him that has made him a target of the ruthless wizards of the Red and White Rose. Jack is a Warrior Heir, the last of a dying breed, sought after by the Roses to fight in the tournaments that are used to allocate power among the Wizard Houses. Unknown to him, Jack has lived all his life surrounded by members of the Magical Guilds: wizards, enchanters, soothsayers, and sorcerers. They are determined to save him from the Roses.


Sexual Content:

-There is no sexual content in this book

-Jack's friends tell him Leesha (his ex-girlfriend) is lusting for him

-Jack and Ellen kiss

-A warrior says, "Talk a little......What for?  We're fighting, not making love."


Language:

-Only minor language, click here for more details


Other Notables:

-Jack is a warrior, so he is learning to fight and eventually ends up in a "battle to the death"

-The "bullies" in the story drink beer and beat up Jack while drunk.

-There is talk about a lot of beer being at a party

-There are wizards and sorcerers and enchanters

-Jack sees a vision of a woman stabbing herself so that she can't be made to tell where someone is.


Did I like this book?

I thought this was a pretty good book.  It was a little slow in the beginning, but picked up the pace toward the middle.  It might appeal to boys because of the fighting and lack of  too much of a love story (although there was one in there).  It held my attention and I'd like to see where the story goes.  6 out of 10

Next book in this series:  The Wizard Heir

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