Friday, November 21, 2014

Individual Reading Blog: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

One of the most recent books I have read is The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. This book follows the story of a young warrior, Jack Swift. Jack is a born wizard, but had no weirstone. A weirstone is a stone inside of your body that gives you powers to whatever guild you are in. The magical guilds include wizards, enchanters, sorcerers, seers, and warriors. After birth, Jack is given a warrior weirstone by a wizard named Jessamine Longbranch, as some sort of experiment. Jack Swift lives his whole life in Trinity before he finds out he is warrior. Linda Downey, Jack Swift’s aunt and a magical enchanter, takes Jack to get Shadowslayer, one of the seven most powerful swords in the world. Hastings, a very powerful wizard, trains Jack to become an amazing fighter. Nicodemus Snowbeard, a very old and powerful wizard, trains Jack on some wizardry, and eventually turns him into a warrior with a little bit of magic up his sleeve. Hastings puts Jack into the Tournament, a battle to the death with other warriors, and Jack plays a very close friend in the game. The actual idea of the book is very well thought out, but that is not the only thing that was so appeasing in the book.

The Warrior Heir was written in third person. I think the author chose to write the book like this because she wanted to give the reader a chance to see what was happening in the story from an outside view, instead of just giving the story from one person’s point of view. This style of writing also made it able to see what was happening to each character at the same time. For instance, if the book was written in the eyes of Jack Swift, the reader would only be able to follow Jack’s thoughts and actions. Cinda W. Chima also wrote this book with a fast-paced style that made it hard to put the book down. Her style of writing also was serious and made it easier to follow, but also put in some humor into the story. The style of writing in this book didn’t surprise me at all for a fantasy book. Yet what surprised me the most was the content of the book.

The idea of The Warrior Heir surprised me because I was thinking that the book would only follow warriors and the fights of the warriors (hence the name The Warrior Heir), but ended up being a lot more about other magical elements and also incorporating a regular boy’s life with magic. In this novel, Jack Swift is just a regular teenage boy who plays soccer and lives in a small town called Trinity in Ohio. I really liked how Cinda Williams Chima wrote this book because I could never seem to put it down. The one and only thing I did not necessarily like in this book was the mixture of ideas. I thought the book could have easily ended at several different times in the story. Besides that, I loved this book and was definitely one of the best books I have read this year. The Warrior Heir has lead me into a whole three of the next books in the series, and I have loved them all.

The Warrior Heir introduced me into a whole new world of magic. This whole series began as a simple book introduced to me by a friend, and went into something way deeper. The Warrior Heir was definitely a surprise to me because I thought the idea of wizards and warriors was something I would not particularly enjoy, but it ended up being a book that I could not put down. This book also means a lot to me too. At times I will finish a book just to add to my Reading Counts total, but this book quickly introduced the topic and seemed to make me an expert on the magical guilds. Not only has this book just got me into the rest of the Heir Chronicles, but also the Seven Realms series, a four book series featuring the Queendom of the Fells.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima was a book like no other. The plot and story of the book kept me intrigued, and the fast-paced style made it harder to put down. I am so glad I read this book that opened the idea of Chima’s other books, and I would certainly recommend this book if you have not yet already read it. If you have read it, some books I would suggest are the rest of The Heir Chronicles and also The Seven Realms. Both series feature magic in some way, whether that is through the guilds of Dragon’s Ghyll or the Charmcasters of the Fells. The Warrior Heir and the rest of the Heir Chronicles were not made into a movie. This is an advantage and disadvantage because like some movies in the past, the book was way better (And that is an understatement). At some points, I actually wish there was a movie based off this book. Although it might ruin the image for me, I would like to see how the producers envisioned the characters and how they would sound. I believe the fight scenes in a movie would be rather cheesy, but the rest would do just fine. I would definitely recommend this book and the Heir Chronicles to anyone who loves fantasy books or books that keep you reading. If you do read it or are planning to read it, I hope you enjoy it and treasure it as much as I did.