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The Dragon Heir Paperback – September 1, 2009
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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?!).Read more ›
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...
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.Read more ›
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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It is a wonderful story full of amazing characters! A must readPublished 1 month ago by wickedwolf79
You can tell that the series was originally written as a trilogy. Books 4 and 5 are glommed on as an afterthought. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harold
This is the best series! So enthralling and never lacking in suspense or drama. Great action and developed personal relationships!Published 3 months ago by svcltch
I am actually a pretty big fan of Cinda Williams Chima, but even though I tried I couldn't love this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Art W.
I love this series. It's so different from the "norm" it's refreshing! It has romance but it's not all about sex. It's about magic and mystery and overcoming evil. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrea Smith