Chima, Cinda Williams
The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles Book One)
Indigo (Orion), 2011, pp426, 6.99 [pounds sterling]
978 1 78062 047 3
Interestingly this book came with none of the usual promotional bumph declaring it to be the next Harry Potter or Twilight. And yet it is definitely cut from the same cloth as both, and readers looking for the next teen fantasy to weave a magic spell would not be disappointed. The theme of the adolescent awakening to unknown destiny has been covered before, but there are enough twists and unexpected turns in this well written yarn to keep the reader hooked right to the end.
Sixteen-year-old Jack discovers that he must leave his normal teenage life in Ohio, and instead accept the truth that he is a Weirlind, a warrior bred to fight in The Game on behalf of his wizard. But in the fight to the death, Jack finds he has met his match in more ways than one. So move over Harry and Bella, there are some new kids on the block! Highly recommended.