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The Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  33,669 Ratings  ·  1,259 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 a

Kindle Edition, 465 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Disney Hyperion (first published May 2007)
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Shawn You could read them as separate stories, but I feel they're better in order, because while they share a common universe and follow different main…moreYou could read them as separate stories, but I feel they're better in order, because while they share a common universe and follow different main characters, they are all on a single timeline. That is to say, each book is at a later time than the previous book.
(Warrior, Wizard, Dragon, Enchanter, Sorcerer is the correct order.)(less)
Reagan Ketchum I love all books about wizardry but I would recommend this book to anyone.
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3.5 stars

The first book was about Warriors, so now it's time to find out about the Wizards!


I do think I was a bit more invested in the characters this time around, so I've got to bump the rating up just a tad for this one.
On the surface, Seph...which is just the oddest nickname for Joseph I've ever heard...looks like just another a trust fund baby, who can't seem to stay in one school for very long without screwing up. But, in truth, he's a wizard who doesn't know how to control his power.
Dec 04, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, best-of
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Michelle (The Crazy Cat Lady)
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
Isaac Hamlet
I know I gave this a lower score than the original despite a better story and slightly better characters. The real problem here is the author either refuses to do a necessary final draft or writes that inconsistently. There are points in the story where she'll go from moments of vast detail to none at all. There is a scene where the main character and the antagonist are trying to overpower each other with magic. She describes their strain and struggle for about three paragraphs. Then out of the ...more
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
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
Oct 08, 2014 Fenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-like-drugs
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 :)
Apr 15, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of YA sci-fi
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Avery (ThePagemaster)
A nice step up from the first installment, The Warrior Heir. To me, this was a more, surprisingly darker novel than the last book; it does have some hard to read scenes. I think Seph had some amazing character development, just like Jack had in his book.

I like how instead of your usual series where it follows just a set of characters(usually a trio: two boys, one girl most likely), INSTEAD, each book focuses on an individual character, with the other characters as cameos. Not really companion
Wendy F
Sep 16, 2014 Wendy F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-na-mg, fantasy, 2014
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
Sep 21, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alexis Miller
Jan 20, 2013 Alexis Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Terry Fedosky
Aug 30, 2015 Terry Fedosky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, young-adult
This book is about Joseph (Seph) McCauley. Seph grew up in a foster home. He was developing some strange abilities, which caused accidents that were perceived as acts of juvenile delinquency. He was a young wizard, with no training, leaking power. He was placed in his fourth school in three years. This school was run by a wizard, whose objective was to use the abilities of every young wizard that found his way there. Beaten and tortured, Seph is finally able to get a message to the law firm that ...more
Nina Levine
Jan 17, 2011 Nina Levine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ana Rînceanu
Nope. I was wrong. This book turned out not to be better than the last one, it just gone more like a soap opera. Will not be continuing the series.
Will L.
Apr 24, 2012 Will L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars

I liked this more than Warrior Heir. Seph is a better character than Jack. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, but I couldn't give this 4 stars because it took me so long to finish.
James Carara
Mar 29, 2015 James Carara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magic? Check. A kid with eyes that change color? Check. Crazy principals who want to take over your body? Check? Join sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley in this thrill-riding adventure The Wizard Heir, the second book in the by Cinda Williams Chima as he finds out the world isn’t as it seems when fantasy meets reality.
Joseph (Seph for short) McCauley didn’t know what was wrong with him. He was orphaned as an infant, and taken in by a foster mom named Genevieve LeClerc. She was a great foster mom,
Paola Gabriella
Aunque el primer libro de esta trilogía, (que creo que ahora será pentalogía) no me encantó, me gustó lo suficiente para darle una segunda oportunidad, y honestamente agradezco que se la haya dado.
El personaje principal de este libro es Seph McCauley, quien nunca había sido mencionado en el primer tomo de Las Crónicas Herederas y desde el principio me encantó, es un personaje realmente encantador. Este libro, a diferencia de El Guerrero Heredero, me enganchó desde la primera escena que es bastan
Jun 04, 2009 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory

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
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
Kayla West
Sep 12, 2013 Kayla West rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
Jamie Fahlgren
Seriously, I feel like I'm reading a different book than everybody else. A different series maybe. The first book really annoyed the crap out of me and I mainly read this one because I'd already gotten it from the used book store.

Two things really bugged me about the first book. First, the language was over-the-top flowery to the point that it often dragged me out of the narrative. This is greatly improved in this book or maybe I'd just gotten used to it. Either way, the writing itself was less
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

Contemporary Fantasy is how I would classify this, I think that is a category. It is interesting because in most fantasy books I’ve read the environment is almost as much a character as the people in the story. Not so much the case in a contemporary fantasy. I will say that I prefer straight up fantasy but this series is growing on me.

CWC writing has definitely grown since her first book. This story seemed to flow a little better than the The Warrior Heir. Seph is a wizard orphan, his g
Krista (I remember you, Min) (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
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Second book of the series and my personal favorite.

The author makes the story more exciting and more serious. And this time you need to read the next book as well. Her style stays the same with the right amount of what a story needs. And this time we are going deeper into her world and getting to know more of the wizards' history and community.

The book is written by the POV of a new character, away from the evens of the previous book. Seph, is really different than Jack. He didn't have his good
Jan 11, 2009 LastMonk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Oh, just read my first reccomendation.
Recommended to LastMonk by: My own good sense.
Shelves: new-favorites
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
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
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
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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.

Her Heir Chronicles series (magic comes to contemporary Ohio) comprises The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir . The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir, and the Sorcerer Heir.

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Other Books in the Series

The Heir Chronicles (5 books)
  • The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1)
  • The Dragon Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #3)
  • The Enchanter Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #4)
  • The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #5)

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“Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.” 123 likes
“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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