The Wizard Heir is written by Cinda Williams Chima. It was published in 2007 by Hyperion. It is the sequel to The Warrior Heir.
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years being kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And its 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 wicked agenda.
I liked The Wizard Heir a little better than The Warrior Heir, mainly because I was used to the world and the difference in Chima’s style (from the Seven Realms series) all ready. It was nice to see a new character, but also see that new character interact with the old ones. I think I like Hastings even more in this novel, too.
While the beginning took a little bit for me to get into, simply because Seph didn’t start out the type of character I enjoy reading, the middle/ending was really well done in terms of action and tension and kept me reading. The first big plot twist Chima pulls was pretty obvious, especially since her viewpoint switches give it away, but the second one I did not expect at all and was pretty awesome. I also like how each book so far has a stand-alone arc (yes, this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger! Happiness!) in addition to the continuous one (that I can see more clearly in this one as opposed to the first) and that the main villain of this one is dispatched at the end–not a lot of threads left hanging, everything ends pretty tidily.
The inclusion of Madison Moss seemed a little too convenient, although how they used her Super Special Power was really neat.
The next book has Jason as the main viewpoint, apparently, which I’m not really looking forward to since I found him annoying in this book (but hopefully he’ll be more endearing if I’m in his head).
Recommended Age Range: 14+
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
“Jason, what do you know about Joseph McCauley?” The voice was complex, full of fire and ice, sorcery and menace.
Jason toyed with his earring, frowning, as if struggling to remember. “He’s the one you told me about, right? He spent a lot of time in this building over winter break. I think I’ve seen him in the workout rooms.”
“We’ve been working with him all year, but we aren’t making the kind of progress we would like. He’s hallucinating. Delusional. Dangerously symptomatic. But refuses our help. And now there’s been a change in his behavior that makes me think perhaps he’s been spending time with you.” The voice was gently on the surface, but then was steel underneath. “Do you remember our discussion about your negative influence on the other boys?”
I am starting to like the world of The Wizard Heir a little better, and although the book starts out a little slow, by the end it’s fast-paced and gripping. Madison Moss is a little too convenient and is more of a Chekhov’s Gun than anything else but her power is cool. Hastings really fits the role of Enigmatic, Powerful Wizard well and is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. The book is still a little strange and Chima’s prose could be a little better, but the series seems to be improving.
You can buy this here: The Wizard Heir