It’s about time I bust back into the world of……FANTASY! I started a new series that was recommended to me by my boyfriend (yes, I am bisexual if you didn’t know…surprise). The first book of the series was called The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima and I loved it. I feel like I have been reborn into the world of books. Either that or I read a lot of duds so this one brought me back up to good standards of books. I probably just missed fantasy because it has been so long since I have read this genre.
Synopsis: Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great – until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.
Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game – a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.
As if his bizarre heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind – he’s one of the last of the warriors – at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.
This book was a really great start to a series. The main character Jack reminds me of Percy Jackson and the series seems to have that kind of vibe going for it. I love anything to do with magic so it was nice to jump into a series with a lot of promise.
Honestly, the book started right away with a pretty intense action scene and I had decided to just read a little before bed. 100 pages later and now 2 am, I finally decided to go to sleep.
The book even caught me off guard at points which I loved. I hate when a book is too predictable. The magic system that is built in this series is really cool. There are different types of magic users and they all have their own special sets of skills. Wizards are the all-powerful ones but then there are sorcerers, enchanters, and warriors that each have their own unique abilities. The warriors are very rare and the different wizard families will pit them against each other in battle. The winning wizard family gains control over the society if their chosen warrior wins in battle.
It reminded me of the Hunger Games as well (which is a good thing) in the sense that young teenagers are put into a fight to the death situation that they don’t really have any control over.
I can’t wait to dive into the second book in this series because I am not ready to be done with this magical world the author has created and the wonderful cast of characters that she has built up and fleshed out. Did I mention that all the characters are very well fleshed out?! Because they are! The only character I found slightly annoying was Jack’s aunt Linda. She just bothered me for some reason.
I have to read a couple of other books but I know I will be thinking about this series in the back of my mind until I jump into the next one. All in all, if you like fantasy or any of the series I have mentioned above, then give this one a chance.
Book Rating: 4.5/5
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Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my boyfriend’s bookshelf and read it because I wanted to (and he wanted me to as well).
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Hey you really sold this book strong… my library doesnt have it but I’m going to suggest they get it in! Thanks!
Like I said, it may just be because I read a lot of mediocre books in between this and another good one but I hope you enjoy it :).
I know that feeling and I know it well. But at least it broke you out of a slump of mediocre books!
Yes, I was super thankful for that. I feel like I am reading another mediocre one now but that is what happens sometimes when we offer to review author’s books for them lol.
Factual for sure. It is hard to say no. I had to recently because it had was a friends vibe which I dont mind but lots of romance plot lines which is just a trigger for me right now. I was honest. And she actually took it very well. Thankfully because I felt really bad
Yea I am tackling the large pile of books authors sent me when I just started out. I had to stop accepting books because the pile was getting overwhelming and I feel like I owe it to them to give their books a shot. There are some gems in there but not all of them are great. If I start reading and find it is bugging me, then I will let the author know because some of these books can be very crude.
As much as it might hurt them … I mean isn’t that why they ask? I mean are we doing them any good to lie? As it says in Six of Crows… better terrible truths than kind lies… I mean not that you have to brutal or cruel about it. But constructive criticism will help them I would hope?
Oh yes, I still review each book. I just give the author the opportunity to let me know where they want me to post it outside of my blog. All of my posts to my blog are 100% honest and the author knows they are signing up for that when they send me their book so they should expect me to tell them how I feel 😛
That is very fair… thank you for the tip. I will definitely do that for now on
I loved this one! I wasn’t too fond of the third, and the second was pretty good (they weren’t great, just couldn’t compare) however I hold a lot of hope out for book 4!!!
Nice! I’m glad you like it too :). I am excited to read the next one in the series.
This book has been in my tbr forever. I’m really glad you enjoyed it Eric!!! (And of course, your bf has a great taste in fantasy). A lil bit fantasy is always good. Looking forward to read your opinions on the next ones❤😊
Yea he has one whole bookshelf that is pretty much all fantasy 😝. He is converting me from scifi haha
I’m totally a fantasy fan. So I’m just glad that’s happening (smug smile😂😅😆😆😆)
It is definitely moving up in my favorite genres list