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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Heir Chronicles
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423110706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423110705
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6 Up—In this final installment in the trilogy, Chima spins a finely structured tale that roars to a satisfying conclusion. For readers new to the series, there is considerable work to be done sorting out the plot and the relationships among the various characters, but after a while the power of the story takes over. The wizarding world is fractured and at war with itself. The only hope for peace lies in those few unaffiliated gifted ones (wizards, warriors, enchanters) in the sanctuary of the town of Trinity. As the novel opens, one of these characters, Jason, steals into the hold of another faction and walks out with a mysterious magical object that appears to be extremely powerful: the Dragonheart. When he brings it back to Trinity, the town and its treasure become the focus of the other factions. The action is largely propelled by the emotional needs and weaknesses of the characters, and not simply by their magical abilities. Madison Moss, whose ability to absorb magic enabled her to save her wizard boyfriend, is now a danger to Seph because she keeps leaking the toxic magic that she absorbed. Her fear that this will be discovered, along with her family problems, leads to her making decisions that put her and others in mortal danger. Maddie, along with Jason and Seph, is the central emotional focus, and it is the details of their lives that make the extraordinary plot twists exciting and compelling. Fans of the first two books are sure to love this one.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
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About the Author


Cinda Williams Chima made her debut as an author with the young adult fantasy,The Warrior Heir,followed byThe Wizard Heir and the Dragon Heir.She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her English teacher. Cinda is a graduate of the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons. Visit her on the web at www.cindachima.com.

Customer Reviews

All of the characters in Chima's books are incredibly well-developed.
Unashamed
One of the best books ive ever read, only cinda could pull off such a perfect ending and i was dreading finishing such a great series.
David Cross
Has a nice story line and kept my interest through out the book I would recommend it as a good read.
Sandra Buffalow

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Unashamed on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A lot of times, when a new author emerges in the world of fiction, it seems like every good idea they've ever had -- 20 or 30 or 40 years of dreaming -- finds its way into that brilliant debut. Then, when it's time for the sequel... well, there's not much left. And that's why I'm so amazed that Cinda Chima's books just keep getting better.

The Dragon Heir is the third and final book of the Heir series, which started out following young Jack Swift as he found out that he was born to be a warrior fighting in the name of wizard politics. Now full war is breaking out among the magical guilds, and the wizards are determined to put everyone back in their place.

But we're not just following Jack anymore -- in each book of the Heir series, Chima writes from a new character's point of view. It's a technique that seems, well, incredibly simple, but it creates a slew of unique perspectives that engrosses you immediately. In The Dragon Heir, we see the world through the eyes of Jason Haley and Madison Moss, who were supporting characters in The Wizard Heir but could probably carry a series by themselves.

All of the characters in Chima's books are incredibly well-developed. There's the perfect combination of magic and teenage problems (Does he really love me? And how come things blow up whenever he's around?) that makes young adult fantasy so appealing, even to those of us who have already inched into full adulthood. The best example of this comes when the characters are finally forced to reveal some of their secrets to the non-magical people around them (the muggles, if you will). Most series just make sure that situation never happens, but Chima's characters handle it with the pitch-perfect amount of shock, logic and intelligence (My son is a WHAT?!).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thebius Stikkle on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I rated this 3 stars because I really liked the storyline for this book. However, there were also a lot of things that I didn't like about this book. These things didn't bother me enough to give it only 1 or 2 stars, but they are definite issues.

First, the point of view changed way too much in this book. The story was told from almost every character's POV at one point or another. Jason and Madison got the most time, but Jack, Ellen, Seph, Leesha, Warren Barber, D'Orsay, Dr. Longbranch, etc., all got at least half a chapter or more devoted to their POV. Maybe this is just a matter of personal preference, but jumping around like that was really distracting for me. I wouldn't have minded two or three characters, but it felt like the author shifted the POV every few pages when there really wasn't much reason to do that.

Ok, now for the story itself...

***Spoilers***

I really liked Jason's character in this book. He was the underpowered/under-rated wizard of the bunch, but had a strong drive and motivation to be on the front lines. His character was more grey than his black-and-white counterparts; he's a little shady and willing to bend the rules more. But his character was not written to its fullest potential. Especially towards the end of the book. His relationship with Leesha was permanently marred by her betrayal, and even after she apologized for it Jason refused to go back to the way things had been in the first half of the book. While I don't have a problem with that, it is something that wasn't explored or explained well. We never really see inside Jason's head and find out what he is really thinking. And then when his character is killed, it's just like "Oh well, he died.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Hart on August 24, 2008
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I started reading the Heir books after finishing the last Harry Potter book last summer, and I enjoyed them. With this book, however, I found it difficult to relate to any of the characters, and I couldn't tell Jason and Seph apart--they just seemed like the same character. And the dialogue is all plot-related, ruining the chances of much character development. The book just doesn't flow as well as I was hoping it would. It's worth a read, but it's my least favorite in the trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book reader on November 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
How many times and in how many different ways can one celebrate Christmas in one year? Book 2 ends with celebrating Christmas in England. In this book Madison is walking around as Christmas getting close and then a few pages later tells us what happened with Seph... getting sick before Christmas and then going to England for Christmas and then coming back after Christmas... Then again it is Christmas and Jack's father comes over to Trinity to celebrate Christmas and then again, and again and again it was Christmas... I think probably it was Christmas when she was writing this book. There are so many "Time" mistakes I wonder if anyone ever read this book before publishing it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly A. Hill on August 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Dragon Heir was a suberb ending to a magnificent trilogy. Cinda Williams Chima is an amazing writer does not recieve nearly enough recognition for this series. The heir triology is a one of a kind read. The world Chima creates will suck a person in and leave them breathless. The characters are well rounded and have deep meaningful personality. Even inch of the book is there for a reason to give the readers a loyal and complete finish to the series. Those expecting a climactic final battle will not be dissapointed. The reader will find themselves flipping page after page until they realize it's 4am and they should probably get some sleep. I would reccomend this book to any fantasy lover.
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More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), The Dragon Heir (2008), The Enchanter Heir (2013) and The Sorcerer Heir (2014) all from Hyperion.
Chima's YA high fantasy Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King (2009), followed by The Exiled Queen (September, 2010) The Gray Wolf Throne (2011) and The Crimson Crown (2012.)
Chima plans a new series, The Shattered Realms, set in the Seven Realms world, and featuring a new generation of characters. The first novel, Flamecaster, is scheduled for a Spring, 2016 release from HarperTeen.
Chima's books have received starred reviews in Kirkus and VOYA, among others. They have been named Booksense and Indie Next picks, an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, to the Kirkus Best YA list, and the VOYA Editors' Choice, Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and Perfect Tens lists.
Chima lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.


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