Chima, Cinda Williams The Enchanter Heir
458 pp. Hyperion ISBN 978-1-4231-4434-2 $18.99
(4) Chima adds two new players to her magical underworld, both with a connection to a mysterious massacre that upset the balance of power among the magical guilds and to a new threat: ghost-like "shades." Tangled conflict lines, secret identities, besieged protagonists, and nonstop action make this a thrilling and thought-provoking Heir Chronicles volume, despite dropped plot threads and a truncated resolution.