[[ Prime ]] The Wizard HeirAuthor Cinda Williams Chima – Z55z.co

Sixteenyearold 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 accidentslately, disastersthat follow in his wake Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of controlAfter causing a tragic fire at an afterhours 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


10 thoughts on “The Wizard Heir

  1. Anne Anne says:

    3.5 stars

    The first book was about Warriors, so now it's time to find out about the Wizards!

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    I do think I was a bit more invested in the characters this time around, so I've got to bump the rating up just a tad for this one.
    On the surface, Seph...which is just the oddest nickname for Joseph I've ever heard...looks like just another a trust fund baby, who can't seem to stay in one school for very long without screwing up. But, in truth, he's a wizard who doesn't know how to control his power.
    Lucky for him, a kindly giant with an overgrown beard swoops in to help him!

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    No. Wait. That was a different book.

    There can be more than one story about a young wizard boy trying to grow up while being hunted by bad guys at every turn, right?

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    Right.
    Anyway, after a particularly nasty fire that started because another wizard used a magical drug to roofie Seph's drink at a club, he ends up quickly shuttled off to a reform school out in the middle of BFE by his lawyer/guardian.
    And once he's there, he has to choose between being a basketball star, or following his heart (& the girl of his dreams) and singing in the...

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    Nope, nope. That doesn't sound right, either.
    Hang on.
    *thumbs through pages*
    Ok, yes, now I've got it.
    It turns out that this is no regular reformatory for the rich and famous. The headmaster is, in fact, an evil wizard hell-bent on mentally torturing Seph until he basically gives up his free will, and hands over his power to him. And since Seph is untrained, it looks like Principal McEvil will win!
    Until two little mice show up to save him!

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    Or...no. Um. Yeah, I think I may have seen the mice thing somewhere else.
    My memory isn't what it used to be, you know?
    Don't judge.

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    Look, I enjoyed this book quite a bit, even though it wasn't the bestsest thing I've ever read. So, if you're interested in seeing what actually happens why don't you just read this one for yourself?

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  2. Molly Mortensen Molly Mortensen says:

    Seph started out pretty unlikable. He's always popular, people always like his ideas, and he uses his powers to persuade people. This third one doesn't stop and he actually uses his magic to get girls.. He grew on me though and he's a better character than Jack. It says something that the girl he falls for, Maddie, isn't effected by his magic. She's an interesting character.

    The school has a creepy atmosphere and it's obvious something sinister is going on there. I didn't like the whole nightmare thing. Luckily, it doesn't last long. I liked Jason, (He was a better character than Seph) I wish he'd been in it more, that we got to see them playing around with magic instead of just being told about it.

    There are two mysteries in Wizard; Who are Seph's parents and who is the Dragon. One was obvious but the other my first guess was actually wrong.

    At about halfway, the characters from the first book show up and it got much better!

    Ellen is different from Warrior. I like her better, even if she is more of a caricature. Jack used to be nonjudgmental but after the events in Warrior he hates wizards. I can't blame him but he's rather rude to Seph.

    To stupid to live heroes alert! Evil wizards are hunting you. You finally got to a safe town, a sanctuary where they can't touch you, so of course it's a good idea to leave.. *Facepalm*

    Why is it Chima summarizes the best parts? The action stops then we get a little bit a few months later. I needed more! (view spoiler)[After the revelations, I wanted to see more of their reunion! (hide spoiler)]


  3. Jen Jen says:

    Awesome... so awesome!
    I still can't believe this simple, brilliant series.
    A friend sent me my own personal copy of this book.
    I retrieved it from the mail on Monday.
    I finished it last night.
    Those 24 hours are a blur.

    I cried in relief when, halfway through the book, Linda Downey announced her arrival. I had been waiting to see who it was from the first volume that Seph would come into contact with. I had absolutely no reason whatsoever to expect it would be her. I figured he'd escape the Havens, walk all the way to the Sanctuary and encounter a certain pair of young warriors.

    Wow.

    Nothing will prepare you for the plot of this one.
    It was just incredible. So many endearing characters...

    Several times I found myself thinking well why don't they just... or If only... only to realize that, alas, with all of the fantasy books I have read of late, I was mixing up some various and completely different series!

    What is the significance of the Witch's Hand? will it affect the bearer's magic or abilities? Will this be explained in better detail later?

    Onward to the Dragon Heir!


  4. Justine Justine says:

    3.5 stars

    This continues to be a good contemporary fantasy series. The story is really straightforward and easy to listen to as an audiobook. Both my kids enjoyed it, but really, the problem is that it isn't The Seven Realms, which was brilliant. This is entertaining enough, but loses some luster in comparison to Chima's other series.

    That said, it is interesting enough that I plan to read the next book. Chima definitely builds her stories across the books in a series, and I do want to see where she is going with everything.


  5. Michelle ❤& Michelle ❤& says:

    A solid 4*.

    I liked that Seph was portrayed as a practicing Catholic (being a Baptised and Confirmed Catholic myself though a bit out of practice at the moment), and NOT portrayed as a crazy, religious loon like so many *ignorant* people believe Catholics are (eating real flesh/blood at Mass...what?! Ignorant jack@sses need to brush up on the real meaning of being [Roman] Catholic!). (NOTE: This isn't a religious book, the main character just happens to have religion, like the majority of the US population.)

    I felt like there was a little something missing but couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it's still a great story. It got me out of a reading slump that I've been in for, like, forever. A worthy second entry to the Heir Chronicles.


  6. Darren Hagan Darren Hagan says:

    This was so amazing!
    I mean, The Warrior Heir was pretty good but this just kicked it up a notch.
    I literally didn't want to put it down on a night.
    The perfect way to finish off April!


  7. Violet Violet says:

    i LOVED this book. Seph, a very powerful wizard, doesn't realize that he's a wizard until he goes to the Havens when he's 16, a school for boys. The headmaster, Gregory Leicester, takes advantage of the fact that the wizards who go to his school are untrained and aren't affiliated with either of the two warring houses (the Red Rose and the White Rose), and the wizards that come to his school are mentally tortured by nightmares until they agree to link to Leicester. Seph refuses and nearly dies after months of mental torture, until his guardian comes to pick him up from the Havens, when Leicester has almost beaten Seph to death. but, although that seems to be a happy ending, there's a bigger picture in the process. Read this book to find out what happens! it's the BEST BOOK EVER!!! and trust me, i've read, like, every great fantasy/ fiction book for YA . . . well, maybe not all of them. but a lot of them . . .


  8. Cori Reed Cori Reed says:

    3.5 Stars


  9. Isaac Hamlet Isaac Hamlet says:

    I know I gave this a lower score than the original despite a better story and slightly better characters. The real problem here is the author either refuses to do a necessary final draft or writes that inconsistently. There are points in the story where she'll go from moments of vast detail to none at all. There is a scene where the main character and the antagonist are trying to overpower each other with magic. She describes their strain and struggle for about three paragraphs. Then out of the blue the antagonists stooges come out and beat the main character up. She basically goes from vivid detail to; the door opened and the alumi appeared, overpowered Seph, and beat him to the ground. No other struggle is described it's just over and it wouldn't bug me so much if it didn't happen over and over again.

    Another of my problems is that the characters are some of the most two demintional I've ever seen, there are guy characters girl characters, and Hastings and Linda who hardly stand out from the former and the ladder. Really Seph and Jack are practically the same person which wouldn't have been as bad if Jack didn't come in half way through the story. Some of the secondary characters are actually more vivid than the primary characters, namely Filtch, I have more of a sense of who he is than most of the main characters, I've never seen that (like this) in a book, in movies, but not in books.

    It would have been much more enjoyable if it had been about Seph staying at the Havens and trying to get away. Instead she brings the characters from this book and the first one together which both excites and disappoints. But with these books it seems I have a better feel for them the longer I wait to review which is simply because (for the most part)her plots are good. Sure her characters are colorless and sterotypical (it seemes like every wizard except Leander, Snowbeard, and some other random guy mention for the purpose of killing are the only good wizards, none of the others seem to have an ounce of humanity.) All the antagonists and protagonists are the same. Antagonists: Heartless and evil. Protagonists: All (despite the authors best efforts) saints.

    But if you enjoyed the first one then read it. If you haven't noticed the things I've mentioned, read it. I'll probably be reluctanly returning for the third book mearly to see some characters die but hey, it's a goodread. (More or less.)


  10. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

    Sixteen-year-old Seph (Joseph) McCauley is a double orphan. His parents died in a tragic accident so long ago that he doesn't remember them. (At least that's what the paperwork says; Seph's pretty sure it's fake.) Not too long ago he lost Genevieve, the woman who raised him and cared for him. Since then he's been shipped from town to town, from school to school. The only thing that stays the same is the reason he keeps having to leave. Weird things happen around Seph--birds attacking, explosions, fires--and the last time, somebody died. Seph knows that if he could find someone to train him, he could control, or harness, or even use his magic. If it doesn't happen soon, he might just self-destruct. Literally.

    His latest prison is an all-boys school in the middle of nowhere on the coast of Maine. Seph expected that the other students might be a bit different from what he's used to, but these kids are beyond weird. And the teachers, well, that's a whole other thing. Wonder of all wonders, the headmaster, Gregory Leicester, is a wizard, and wants to train Seph! It seems his prayers have been answered. But something still feels - off. The way the students behave towards the headmaster, the way the other teachers treat him, the research students in the special dorm... Leicester seems to want more than Seph is willing to give. A battle of wills, of frightening proportion, begins. The more Leicester wants him to do something, the less Seph is willing to give in. The only answer is escape or death. But what if escape is just the beginning?

    Fun, exciting, non-stop reading. I didn't let it out of my sight until I found the time to finish it. I think I may have a crush on Seph. What can I say; I like the dark, edgy guys.

    There is another book written by the author that fits in the timeline before this, called THE WARRIOR HEIR. That book is not at all necessary to read first. I haven't read it yet, and I really liked this book. Although you can bet I plan on devouring that one shortly! For readers of THE WARRIOR HEIR, I believe the main character is Jack, and rest assured he plays a big part in the second half of this book. Which gives me hope that Seph might turn up again.