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The Dragon Heir Paperback – September 1, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Heir Chronicles Series

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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 is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir; The Wizard Heir and The Dragon Heir. Cinda is a graduate of the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her husband. Visit her on the web at www.cindachima.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423110714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423110712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I have read all of the Heir chronicles. I just purchased this one on amazon because it was cheaper then ibooks at the time. I love everything to do with Cinda Williams Chima's books. Great author. However you can read some similarities to the Seven Realms series, which I highly suggest reading first because they are just awesome, but it really doesn't matter its just personal preference. It is a good story line, just like I said was hoping for a bit more originality. It wasn't a huge impact, just noticeable, so do not let it deter you from reading a great series.
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I chose 5 stars because this is probably my favorite book in the series so far. (I've only read the first three so far) I love all the surprises that happened and the extra parts of the story that other characters told besides Jason and Maddie. I think my favorite male character is Seph and my favorite female character is Maddie. What I didn't like is well I can't say that or it would a spoiler. If you read this I would suggest all the other books in this series.
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Writing was average, characters were good, but all in all, not satisfied. When riding for younger audiences (or any age group really but more important a point for younger), I think it is important to strive for high goals and morals for the heroes. This was very emo, and in shades of grey. Now I love some dark and deep stories, but when the hero's are killing and doing the excuse of "I had to kill him/her", I find that a lame excuse and a poor example. Not really hero's anymore but just slightly better than the bad guys.

I did like the characters, their were fun parts, interesting romance stories, plot twists, and a really innovative magic system/class which was outside the box. Something hard to do with so many fantasy plots out there.
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