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The Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  25,865 ratings  ·  1,011 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem: it's the trail of magical accidents - lately, disasters - that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control.

After causing a tragic fire at
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Sixteen-year-old Seph (Joseph) McCauley is a double orphan. His parents died in a tragic accident so long ago that he doesn't remember them. (At least that's what the paperwork says; Seph's pretty sure it's fake.) Not too long ago he lost Genevieve, the woman who raised him and cared for him. Since then he's been shipped from town to town, from school to school. The only thing that stays the same is the reason he keeps having to leave. Weird things
Dec 30, 2007 Violet rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adult
i LOVED this book. Seph, a very powerful wizard, doesn't realize that he's a wizard until he goes to the Havens when he's 16, a school for boys. The headmaster, Gregory Leicester, takes advantage of the fact that the wizards who go to his school are untrained and aren't affiliated with either of the two warring houses (the Red Rose and the White Rose), and the wizards that come to his school are mentally tortured by nightmares until they agree to link to Leicester. Seph refuses and nearly dies a ...more
Michelle E.
A solid 4*.

I liked that Seph was portrayed as a practicing Catholic (being a Baptised and Confirmed Catholic myself though a bit out of practice at the moment), and NOT portrayed as a crazy, religious loon like so many *ignorant* people believe Catholics are (eating real flesh/blood at Mass...what?! Ignorant jack@sses need to brush up on the real meaning of being [Roman] Catholic!). (NOTE: This isn't a religious book, the main character just happens to have religion, like the majority of the US
Great book. Amazing plot,lots of character development and breath-taking twists!! I would write more but i'm kinda sick so i can't. But anyway,its a lovely book full of adventure and suspense and a bit of romance :)
Isaac Hamlet
I know I gave this a lower score than the original despite a better story and slightly better characters. The real problem is the aauthor either refuses to do a nessesary final draft or writes that inconsistantly. There are moments in the story where she'll go from moments of vast detail to none at all. There is a apart in the story where the main charcter and the antagonist are trying to over power eachother with magic. She describes their strain and struggle for about three paragraphs. Then ou ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of YA sci-fi
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This sequel to The Warrior Heir was a decent, if somewhat predictable follow up. At the end of the first book, I had wondered whether Chima would use the same characters in subsequent books. The Warrior Heir didn't end on a cliffhanger, so I thought she might start up with an entirely new cast of characters. I was pleased to find The Wizard Heir did have many of the same characters, albeit with the focus on a new main character, Seph (short for Joseph).

The Wizard Heir was, in certain sections, a
Wendy F
Before getting to the review for The Wizard Heir let's jump back in time to when I first discovered Cinda Williams Chima. I had finished the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta and I was in love. I still am. It's amazing. Anyway, everyone in my Goodreads group was talking about the Seven Realms series. It took me a long time to give in, I think close to a year, but I finally picked up the first book. I devoured it. Then I ordered the rest of the books and read them back to back. It was beaut ...more
Nina Levine
Jan 17, 2011 Nina Levine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Potter, Pendragon, Dragonsblood
The 2nd in the series, this tale is a worthy companion to the Warrior Heir and leaves you hungry for Dragon Heir. Seph believes he is an orphan who was raised primarily by a loving foster mother until her death 3 years earlier. He knows he is a wizard and desperately wants to find a teacher so he can learn to understand, control and develop his powers but no teacher has been forthcoming as he is shunted from one boarding school to another. He leaves a trail of unintended destruction behind that ...more
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Alexis Miller
When I first read this book I was perhaps 12 and more likely 11. I had snuck into my older sisters room and was nosing through her stuff (Like only a much younger sibling can do) and I stumbled across her copy of the Wizard Heir. I hadn't read the Warrior Heir, I wasn't even aware of it's existence actually.
But wow.
The book itself was everything I hadn't gotten a chance to read before. It was decidedly Young Adult a genre my mum didn't really approve of but the book was just fabulous. The charac
I really enjoyed No 2 of The Heir Chronicles – The Wizard Heir. I started reading this YA series when my son started another series in his TBR pile, and I just loved the covers and thought I would give it a go for a change. After now just finishing the 2nd book, I can say this is a really good YA series and I do recommend this series to all YA readers who love wizards and magic. The only drawback for me was, and it’s a very minor drawback, was that it took me a little while to get into. I picked ...more
Jan 11, 2009 LastMonk rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Oh, just read my first reccomendation.
Recommended to LastMonk by: My own good sense.
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Right, first off, DON'T read this review unless you've read The Warrior Heir. No real spoilers or anything, but I'm writing this from the perspective of someone looking back...

The Warrior Heir wrapped up pretty nicely, hm? And now, let's leave Jack and Ellen in peace at Trinity for a while. The Wizard Heir opens the first chapters with a completely new cast--except for one familiar face. Now that we know a little about the whole Weir system, we enter a more complex world. Seph, our brand-new her

By: Cinda Williams Chima
454pp. New York, NY
ISBN: 978-142310488-9

I’ve always disliked wizards until The Wizards Heir came out. Cinda Williams Chima changed the stereotypical, peace loving wizards; into horrible, power hungry beings-and I love them.

In The Wizards Heir, Seph, a troubled sophomore, is sent to a new school called The Havens. In Seph’s previous schools he would leak magic, starting fires, and causing havoc, but The Havens was
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Seph has gotten kicked out of nearly every school he has been to, and for good reason. Disaster seems to strike wherever he goes, whether it be a rampaging fire that no one can explain or animals inexplicably out of control. When he is finally placed in a remote boarding school called the Havens, he learns that he is in fact a wizard, and so are many of the other students. Things change for the worse however when he learns that the headmaster is downright corrupt and has an evil plot to dominate ...more
Kayla West
Seph McCauley's powers as a wizard are becoming more and more out of control. So much so, that someone eventually gets hurt...seriously hurt...okay, killed. He is sent to an exclusive boys' school in Maine, one in many schools he has been sent to over time. In fact, he has been sent to so many schools, that he wholeheartedly believes this is just another temporary location until he screws up again. Boy, is he wrong.

What Seph soon finds out, is that the headmaster of the school is, in fact, a wiz
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
I. Love. This. Book. We get a new main character, Seph, who I fell in love with after only a few chapter--though he kept growing on me throught the book. His character development was about as colorful as a rainbow, which sounds corny, but I can't thin of a better way to describe it.

Although I quite enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, this one really took my breath away. There wasn't a single boring part in the entire book, which is saying something considering its length. Plus, I love so ma
The sequel to The Warrior Heir. Seph McCauley is a rich orphan with loads of charisma and a party-loving attitude. But he never lets himself get too lost in hedonism, because when he's out of control, odd things happen. Dangerous things. After burning down a nightclub (and killing his friends inside), Seph is sent to a mysterious boarding school called the Havens. The headmaster, Leicester, takes an immediate interest in him.
Seph is a wizard, and Leicester has been chaining young and pliable wi
Will L.
Have you ever considered that there might be people in our world that contain certain magical powers, powers that in turn could be used for good or evil? This not a possibility, but a reality in Cinda Williams Chima’s book, “Wizard Heir”. In Chima’s captivating novel (the sequel to “The Warrior Heir”), she describes Seph McCauley’s evolution from being a young, untrained wizard in captivity to one of the worlds most powerful wizards.

Seph has been an orphan his whole life, and had been changin
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Second book of the trilogy. I liked it a lot and better than the first book. Admittedly the first book in a fantasy/supernatural series does include a lot of world building and introduction of characters plus the first book was this author's debut novel. The first book was the story of Jack, a sort of ordinary small town boy who it turns out is a Warrior in a secret world of supernaturals. The Wizard Heir is the story of Joseph....or Seph. Seph is a kind of rebel who will inherit from a trust fu ...more
Sarah Smith
Think a darker, more mature Harry Potter, with a hero, Seph, who's not quite sure whether he's Harry or Draco Malfoy. He's a spoiled rich orphan who's managed to get himself expelled from every school he's ever been in. (We're talking major property damage here.) In desperation his guardian sends him to a new school, the Havens...which is SO not Hogwarts. But is the headmaster a good guy, or an evil wizard? And is the army he's raising meant to save the world, or destroy it?

Cinda Chima's world i
Mandy Beyers
The second book in the Heir Trilogy follows Seph McCauley, a sixteen year-old orphaned wizard with no training and a history of magical accidents following him from private school to private school. At a club in Toronto, he meets up with Alicia, who slips him a drug that causes him to start a fire where a friend dies. The school his guardian finds for him next is far away from civilization, and he soon realizes it is more prison than school. The headmaster, a wizard himself, soon tries to recrui ...more
A good solid read. I thought it would be a continuation of the story of the same main character (Jack) from the first book (The Warrior Heir). However, this is the story of an entirely different teen, with his story meeting up with Jack's about half way through the book. A bit predictable in the plot twists (to me, not necessarily to YA readers), but engrossing and kept me reading till the wee hours until I was done with the book. Well-played action scenes, and likeable characters combine to 'ke ...more
Luna 714
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This one started out very slow for me, but I really liked it by the end. I loved how it turned out. I would never have guessed who Seph's parents were. I knew who the Dragon was from the beginning, but didn't pick up the hints on his parents until late in the book. There were many parts that were applicable to our own lives. The gang of wizards who were linked and had to do what the powerful wizard said or they were tortured reminded me of gangs in our world. Their strength was great, but they a ...more
Maki (of To - Ra - Ba)
Yes - this was more along the lines of what I had been expecting from the series after being introduced to it by "The Trader and the Slave"...which I suppose makes sense, because that short story was a deleted scene of sorts from this book.

The Wizard Heir takes what I enjoyed from the first book (the magic, the world-building, the clashing moralities) and adds the darkness that I had been waiting for. This book is harsh. (Well, as harsh as a YA book about wizards can be, I suppose.) There's deat
Christine Diesta
I LIKE this book. I wouldn't say I like it better than the warrior heir, I guess it's just the same. It's action packed and for ME it's a bit slow but it's worth reading when you get to the end.

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Danae Mcburney
I checked this book out digitally from my library's Overdrive program. If you haven't looked into it already, see if your local library system participates in Overdrive. It's a great way to read recent, good books for free without having to leave your house. (I really appreciate this because we only have one car and my husband often needs it for work, leaving me stuck at home.)

The cover image and synopsis drew me in--it sounded like an edgier Harry Potter. But after reading it, I wouldn't say "I
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New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima comes from a long line of fortune-tellers, musicians and spinners of tales. She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers.

The Warrior Heir was named to Voya’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2005-2006, is a 2006 Booksense Summer Reading Pick, was named to the 2007-2008 Lone Star Reading List,
More about Cinda Williams Chima...
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“Ellen drank long and deep from her water bottle and wiped her mouth with her gauntleted arm. "Are you feeling all right, Jack? Your play's flat, all in all. I was hoping to give Seph more of a show."
Jack tested the edge of his blade with his thumb. "Actually, Ellen, I wondered if you were coming down with something. You were downright lethargic. I nearly dozed off once or twice."
"Well, that explains it. You looked like you were asleep."
With that, they threw down their weapons and it dissolved into a wrestling match. In the end they were kissing each other.
It was certainly a different kind of courtship, but there was a chemistry, an understanding, a kinship between Jack and Ellen that Seph envied.”
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