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Content Review: The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Review by:  Andye
The second book in The Heir Series

Intended audience:  YA
Age of main character:  16

Sixteen year old wizard Seph McCauley has spent the past 3 years bouncing from one exclusive private school to another. Orphaned as a baby, Seph was raised by Genevieve LeClerc, the sorcerer owner of a Toronto bed and breakfast. LeClerc tried to protect Seph from the treacherous world of wizardry by keeping him away from others of his kind.

But now LeClerc is dead, leaving Seph on his own and without the training he needs to control his growing power. He prowls the illegal clubs of Toronto’s warehouse district, plagued by magical accidents that are increasing in frequency and severity. Worse, he’s beginning to realize that the stories he’s been told about his parents’ life and death are fabrications—that the people he most trusted have been lying to him.

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 enroll him in the mysterious order of wizards known as the Alumni. But the dream quickly turns into a nightmare as Seph learns there is a price to be paid for knowledge.

Everyone around him is keeping secrets: Jason Haley, a fellow student who’s been told to stay away from Seph; the enchanter Linda Downey, who knew his parents; the rogue wizard Leander Hastings, and the warriors Jack Swift and Ellen Stephenson. Seph finds himself at the center of a war that he may not survive.

Sexual Content:

-When talking about his new "school", he thought 'he still wasn't getting it.  It was like sex, the way people talked all around it but you could still end up not knowing the basics.

-Jack and Ellen kiss

-Seph and Maddie kiss

-Two adults had a "past relationship".  The man finds out that the woman had a son and that he is the father but she never told him about the baby.

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-Some minor language, for details click here


-The "headmaster", Leicester, who is actually a bad wizard, tortures Joseph through dreams and physical abuse.  Joseph fights back.

-Leicester chokes Joseph

-The wizards and warriors fight each other

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Other Notables:

-Seph hangs out at a club with older (of age) people, although he is only 16.  'He was stopped six times on his way across the room by people wanting to make plans for later.

-Some of the "alumni" do some pretty heavy drinking

-A high school boy smokes

Did I like this book?

Yes, I liked it.  As with the first book in this series, The Warrior Heir, I thought it was kind of slow at the beginning, but picked up its pace toward the middle.  I'm looking forward to seeing where the next book goes!  I also think this is a book that guys might enjoy!  


6 out of 10