Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Published: June 10, 2008
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem: it's the trail of magical accidents - lately, disasters - that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control.
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. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards. But Seph's enthusiasm dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own mysterious agenda.
Hello readers! A month or two back I had reviewed the first book of The Heir Chronicles titled Warrior Heir, and had mentioned that I had read the second book of the series first. I had also put this book's antagonist on my list of favorite villains. So why hadn't I done a review of this book first instead of the other? I don't know why, so I'm doing it right now!
The first book, as the title suggests, featured a warrior as the main character, so it stands to reason that this book has a wizard at the heart of it (the third book, though titled The Dragon Heir, doesn't have a dragon protagonist- to my knowledge). To be quite blunt, reading about a wizard is much more interesting than a warrior, though Seph does very little wizarding at the beginning, which puts him at a disadvantage compared to 90% of the people working against him, which negates most of the possible awesomeness of the situation. Our antagonist Leicester however has no such problems, and uses his skills to mess with Seph's head, and initially seems unstoppable at the school which he controls. This makes him a really good villain... until Seph manages to leave, at which point he is a background force for most of the rest of the book. It's a bit disappointing when you have to take such a great villain out of the equation, but oh well. Most of the cast is taken from The Warrior Heir, which means that it's not entirely independent as it seems in the beginning. The settings are also mostly taken from the first book, so less variety there too. I think the biggest plus this has compared to the first book is the sort-of love interest introduced. She is both an interesting character and a new twist on the other magical people we've seen before, making her a refreshing part of the story.
I have to say that first book didn't win this time around, with the biggest improvement coming from something that the first in the series didn't do too well. At the very least, it kept my attention and eventually led me to the series and to the author! See you all on Friday!