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.

10 comments:

  1. This book sounds very cheesy and like one of those books where everything turns out good for the main character. Although it doesn't seem like a good book to me, Spencer did an excellent job of describing the book. It's not Spencer's fault that this book doesn't appeal to me. Some people would love this book it just doesn't seem like it is my cup of tea. A question that I have is, why did he get entered into the competition? What were the advantages of entering the competition? Do you win anything if you win? Obviously this book does not sound like my forte, but Spencer did and excellent job of describing it.

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  2. I read this book in 6th grade and thought it was very good. The main reason i liked this book was because of all the twists and turns the author, Cinda Williams Chima, throws at you. I remember reading Warrior Heir, but not reading any of the other books in the series. I may decide to read those in the future if I want to. The reason I didn’t read the next few books in the series was because I wasn’t intrigued to read the whole series. I definitely agree with you when you say that this book is very fast paced. There are many twists in the plot that make you want to keep reading and not put the book down. I also am curious about the book/series you suggested, The Seven Realms. When you said that The Seven Realms is very much alike to The Warrior Heir, this makes me wonder if I would enjoy them just as much. Overall I think that you did a great job on your blog!!!

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  3. Spencer,
    I absolutely love this book. The warrior heir is one of my favorite books of all time. In my opinion, you did a super good job explaining and summarizing this book. I like the way you explain the plot. Its really well developed and well written too. I didn’t read any of the other books in the series but I think I will probably have to because I have heard they are good too. You didn't give away too many spoilers either which I liked, so good job. Overall, I think you did a super good job on your review and summary of The Warrior Heir. Well done!

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  4. I never would’ve expected that this book would be about wizards and magic as well as warriors. The way you described The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima gave it a whole new light in my mind. Jack Smith, and how he becomes a warrior with a little magic and also the Shadowslayer, the Tournament, and the weirstones seems like a unique way to write a book in the Fantasy genre. I agree with you that reading a book from third person point of view can be nice because you can see what’s going on from an outsider’s position. It seemed to me that there were a lot of things and ideas going on in this book, which I can understand is a little hard to write about. A little more clarification about the characters would’ve been a nice factor to have in your blog. For example, you mentioned Jack Smith a few times and he seemed to be the main character, and yet, I don’t know very much about him. That being said, you did a great job convincing me to read The Heir Chronicles and The Seven Realms series. This book seems to be the beginning of another well-loved Fantasy series, and it’s definitely on my READ-SOON book list!

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  5. Wow! You did a great job of explaining what this book is about and used a lot of detail. I liked how you told us that you were surprised that The Warrior Heir was not just about warriors fighting like you thought but it was more about a average boy trying to deal with being a warrior and having magic in his life. I learned that you really enjoyed this book and that it was like no other book you have read. Your blog post has definitely got me interested in reading this book even though like you, I am not normally interested in wizards and magical things like that. Overall I don’t have any questions about your blog or anything I would want to change. I thought you did a good job on your blog with all the detail you had, you provided plenty of information to get me thinking about reading this book without any spoilers (I hope).

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  6. You made this book sound very exciting and I can’t wait to read it. I thought you did a nice job on not giving away any big spoilers but I wish you would have elaborated on Jack’s life before he became a warrior. I also wanted to learn more about how the “weirstone” was put inside Jack... did he swallow it, was it surgically implanted, or was there some other more magical way of how the “weirstone” got inside the him? One thing that you did a very good job explaining was how the point of view made the book better for you, I can relate to this in saying that the point of view has made many books more enjoyable for me. Overall you did a very good job, and I can tell that you really enjoyed this book. I wish that you would have included a theme or moral of the book because that would have helped me understand the author's tone and how this book was written but you still did a great job. If you like the aspects of magic in this book then I might recommend the Witch and Wizard series by James Patterson…happy reading.

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  7. Spencer, I thought you did a great job on your post. I thought you did a good job on explaining the start of the book with Jack Swift, although you might have wanted to explain a little bit more about why Hastings led Jack to get the Shadowlslayer and why everyone experimented on him, because people that have not read the book might be a little confused. You also could’ve explained why the Tournament was taking place in the magical world, because if you had not read the book that is like saying people held the Hunger Games for fun. But other than that, you did a great job of explaining the rest of the book and how you liked the book so much. I also agree that Cinda Williams Chima is a great writer and her series are great, and I have also read the Heir Chronicles and The Seven Realms series, and they are both great books. Nice job on your post!

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  8. Spencer,

    I have not read The Warrior Heir but it sounds like a great book. You did a very good job on the summary of the book and I felt I learned a lot from it. You also did a good job on explaining why you liked this book. The way that the author mixed both magic and the real world together sounds very interesting to me. Another thing I thought was interesting was how you said you loved all three of the books in this series. Usually I find that in a series the second or third books are not as good as the first. After reading your blog entry, it left me wondering more about Jack Swift’s life in the real world. After he finds out he is a wizard, what happens? Does he still attend school and has to manage his magical life with his normal one? I was also wondering what other books Chima wrote, as you mentioned in your last paragraph. Are they as good as The Warrior Heir? Overall, I thought you did a great job on your blog and I really enjoy reading it.

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  9. Spencer, having read The Warrior Heir a few times over, I think that you wrote the summary with great detail and perhaps maybe a little too much detail. In the beginning of your summary you have lots of detail because those details are revealed in the first few chapters but as you go along throughout the book in your summary, you start putting out important information that will otherwise catch you off guard. In the beginning of your summary also, I think you could have described what the magical guilds are and how they will eventually play a part and how most of the warriors are now gone because of these tournaments the wizards have. I also would have to agree with your fourth paragraph because this book, for me too, opened up a whole new dimension of “magic” and through this series I had also connected to the Seven Realms series.

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  10. Your blog entry was very descriptive especially the summary of the book. I have read the book before but it would read it again because of your entry. In the second paragraph, you said that the book was written through all of the characters eyes so you could tell what they were thinking which isn't how many authors write and I really liked the style when I read the book. I also liked it when you introduced that there were more books to form a series. You also mentioned that there is another series that is a little bit different from the Warrior Heir but still had to do with magic and I thought that was very interesting. When I was reading through the third paragraph, I noticed that you had another short summary like sentence that explained what Jack Swift was like and how he grew up. That was a very interesting way to go at the blog because, in my opinion it kept me, or the other readers more interested in the book and what all happened. I really enjoyed reading your blog entry with all of the action and description that you added in to make the book more and more exciting.


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