The Warrior Heir (Heir Chronicles)
by Cinda Williams Chima
Indigo Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781780620473
Date: 01 September 2011 List Price £6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
HarperCollins Voyager have published Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms, a grown up fantasy series here in the UK fairly recently. However it is for The Heir Chronicles - a series aimed at a younger readership that Williams is perhaps best known, at least so far. This first volume, The Warrior Heir, was originally published in the US by Hyperion back in 2006 and along with two subsequent titles, the series has become a best seller. It is now published in the UK by Indigo in paperback original.
"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. At least, until one day Jack forgets his 'medicine'. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - right up to the moment when he loses control of his own strength and almost kills another player during the soccer team tryouts. An incident which proves to be just the beginning. Jack is about to learn the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind; part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At the head of this magical society sit the feuding houses of the Red 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 magical heritage isn't enough, Jack discovers that he's not just another member of Weirlind: he's one of the last of the warriors, and his power has manifested at a time when both houses are scouting for a player. Jack's performance on the soccer field has alerted the entire magical community to the fact that he's in Trinity. And until one of the houses is declared Jack's official sponsor, they'll stop at nothing to get Jack to fight for them..."