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Gr 7 Up—The fourth installment to Chima's "Heir Chronicles" centers around two teens, Jonah Kinlock and Emma Greenwood. Ten years earlier, a massacre killed off all adults, leaving just child survivors known as savants, who are mutants endowed with skills that, once brought under control, can be used in ways to contribute to the survival of the community. Many of the them, however, require heavy medication and rarely live to adulthood. Those that die turn into shades, zombielike creatures that retain the memories of their past life and inhabit dead bodies. Jonah is a talented musician, enchanter, and trained assassin. His skin is poisonous and he can kill from a simple touch; his job is to rid the world of shades. Emma is also a talented musician, but unlike Jonah, she is not aware of her special abilities. The teens are star-crossed lovers with overwhelming obstacles blocking their paths. As Emma's world slowly converges with Jonah's, both of their lives spin into a chaotic downward spiral. Scattered with musical references throughout, the book also tackles serious themes of disability and discrimination. The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers restless for more. For those in need of a quick refresher, the author provides a series guide on her website.—Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA

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Someone is killing wizards and framing Nightshade, the secret organization whose job it is to track down undead souls and dispatch them. Jonah, a 17-year-old assassin for Nightshade, is also on the trail of wizard killers, but for a different reason: he wants to know who was behind the Thorn Hill disaster, where thousands of adult sorcerers and nearly as many children died. Meanwhile, teen musical genius Emma, in search of her sorcerer father, lands directly in Jonah’s path. He is smitten, but can he save her from those who think she knows the secret to Thorn Hill? There is plenty of background information in the interstices of this multifaceted narrative, but readers new to the Heir Chronicles series may occasionally have difficulty connecting all the dots. Intriguing plot and subplot teasers abound, and the book ends in a cliff-hanger that will have readers roaring for the next entry. Chima continues to excel at building tension and populating her well-told tales with new and returning characters we want to know better. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It’s a big series with a big following. Author tour, book trailer, and more promise to keep the swords a-swinging. Grades 8-11. --Cindy Welch

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Heir Chronicles (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423144341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423144342
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Karabee68 on October 6, 2013
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Spoilers (In case you haven't read the first 3, but if you're reading this then..?)


The Warrior heir title makes sense, because Jack is coming in to his role as the only one left besides Ellen, and the book makes the world spark major change that leads in to the next. Huge change, world changing. The Wizard Heir is about McCauly who is also the center of world changing events, and does them himself. The Dragon Heir is even more so, these three books keep major themes and the "heir" part make sense because they become basically the most centered of their weir and the most powerful.

...The Enchanter Heir.. Is basically a separate novel of those three, set in the same universe. In this book the main character does little to nothing, and it all seemed like a hasty back story with no real material. Thorn hill, cool.. The premise is leading us up to find out what really happened.. Wizard heir was paced well and we knew by the 3/4 and last of the book, this one still in the dark. We have a "hero" that kills people because of what happened there, but doesn't do much else besides play music and kill people. "Administrative roles" Let's add filler and hop around letting everyone know what he does until the end..

Sulking and just falling in love with a girl that's mysterious and obviously will be the center of everything. Nothing is solved, accidents happen but nothing happens to fix them.

There are so many things that were just opened and never closed, and just seems snaked in so we have to buy the next book. It follows the pacing of a trilogy with little action. I came to expect the Heir books to be a solid stand alone novel, and sure this one can stand alone, but solid? Nothing major happens, it's just a dragged out love story.


Doesn't deserve the title of the book, should be more like

"Heir Universe - Side Story Love Story"
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary on March 2, 2014
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I literally started swearing my head off. Which is not something I usually do; I generally resort to things like "Dagnabbit!" and other clean "curses" my friends make fun of me for. However, this was completely deserving of all the sailor mouth I spat at it. I mean, first off, for me to post a review about something is HUGE. Like for me to write a review, I have to be seriously dissatisfied with the product (or in this case the book), to actually muster up the energy to write a complaint. However, here I am writing a review at 1:10 AM because I am thoroughly outraged. Yes, I am an angst-ridden teen. Yes, I probably overreact on a daily basis. However, I love to read and am generally pretty satisfied with any book by Chima; so when I have to deal with a book that I had such high hopes for that ends up frustrating me so much that I want to start a public protest, you know there's a problem. I won't ruin anything for anybody, but I would suggest waiting for the next installment before reading this one so you won't have a typical, teenager angst attack at one in the morning (I am seriously wondering if you can go into shock from too many emotions regarding a fictional story with fictional characters). At first it didn't sound like it was written by her; towards the middle I started to feel like it was her writing. However, I felt like I was reading a fanfiction that had somehow won a contest that allowed it to be the first part of the Enchanter Heir book. And then on the other hand, it's just flat-out depressing. I mean it does get better, but then, of course, the COMPLETELY RANDOM, SOMEHOW-GOT-ACCEPTED-AS-THE-ENDING-EVEN-THOUGH-IT'S-THE-LEAST-PLAUSIBLE-THING-THAT-COULD-HAPPEN (like, there are WARRIORS there, people.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fall Into Books on October 5, 2013
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The Enchanted Heir is by far the best book in this series. I loved the previous three books, but this novel just blew me out of the water. This installment is full of action and adventure, betrayals and alliances. The character-development is top-notch, and the world continues to grow. Chima is a fantastic author, and the writing is spectacular. This is one book you don't want to miss.

I really love Emma. She's a great character. Sometimes she comes across as a little bratty and brash, but overall, she's very likable. She is real, flawed, and full of heart. You couldn't ask for a better leading lady. Jonah is a terrific leading man, too. He's brave and will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, regardless of the consequences he may suffer after he learns it. I really respected him. Both Emma and Jonah grew throughout the novel at a believable pace. The characterization is extremely well done.

The plot is action-packed and full of adventure. I couldn't believe some of the stuff that happened! The mystery is intense and will keep you guessing until the very end. I didn't figure out a lot before I was supposed to, and I enjoyed that. The world-building is well-done, and even though Chima has already established this world, she doesn't let the reader forget where they are. The pacing is perfect, and the ending is fantastic. I can't wait for the next installment.

Overall, I'd recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel. Give this series a try. You won't be sorry.
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