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The Enchanter Heir (The Heir Chronicles #4)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  4,218 ratings  ·  456 reviews
They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors, Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a global network that hunts ...more
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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I enjoyed this book, however it was not my favorite by her.
I am usually a huge fan of Cinda Williams Chima. I LOVE the entire Heir series and was so, so excited to see this one come out. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed! I'm so sorry Ms. Chima (on the off chance you ever see this), I hate giving negative reviews, but it really wasn't up to your usual standard. I'll explain:

This story focused entirely on the romance between the two main characters. This in itself wouldn't have been a huge problem, but the TYPE of romance was VERY Twilight-esque.
May 26, 2011 Shalice marked it as to-read
From the authors website. 2 more heir books are coming! I don't know when though

"Coming - two more Heir Books and a fourth book in The Seven Realms series.
I have just signed a three-book deal with Hyperion, my publisher, for two more Heir books and a fourth Seven Realms novel. Likely I'll finish the Seven Realms books first (I'm working on #4 right now,) then start on the new Heir books. Possible titles for the upcoming Heir books include The Sorcerer Heir and The Enchanter Heir, but that’s not
Cinda Williams Chima is one of my absolute favorite authors, so my expectations were sky-high for this book. I reread the entire Heir trilogy before starting this so it would be fresh in my mind, and was reminded of how much I love those books, even if the ending of the Dragon Heir was a tad iffy. The Enchanter Heir is a very solid book, no question about that… but I’m afraid it’s just not quite as great as the others.

The good news is that Cinda’s writing is as riveting as ever – the book is ver
There isn't a lot of good in this one, which surprised me, because I really liked all of Chima's other books. She departs from her previous style in The Enchanter Heir, though, and the novel suffers as a result.

First of all, this novel isn't self-contained. I know trilogies are all the rage, but I hate cliffhangers. I think they're lazy.

In addition to that frustrating non-ending, the writing throughout the novel is abrupt and choppy. The sentences feel awkwardly linked. Information is dispensed
Feb 26, 2011 Sophie710 marked it as to-read
What? 2013????? want to read it noooooooooooooooow
this is the 4th in the series and it has been a few years since she wrote the first three. I enjoyed the first three and felt like the series was done. This one was odd- except for a few crossover moments - minor moments - with characters from the other three this story never felt like a part of the overall journey. In some ways I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a conversation trying to figure out what was going on and how this fits into the first three books. To me it never did.

Also, t
That was just...just BORING. Its harsh, but i had really high expectations after the Dragon heir, and this book was just so disappointing.
Reasons the book was so disappointing:
1)0 CHARACTERIZATION: Jonah is just a buff dude who hates himself because he thinks he's a "killer". And the sad thing is that I can't think about anything else about him. And all Emma does is tell us about how attracted she is to Jonah...that's it!
2) Nothing Actually Happened: The writing was choppy and there was no susp
Apr 20, 2013 Justin marked it as to-read
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Feb 17, 2012 Lily K marked it as to-read
O m frickin g! I love this series I can't wait for the new books to come out! Chima is a genius!
It's safe to say that I'm a fan of Cinda Williams Chima's books. I've read every book she has published to date, and I've loved all but this one. I adored the Heir Chronicles series in late elementary and early middle school, when I was that kid who read way above her level, all the time. (But what kid was ever harmed by reading above her level? Nobody. Go at those YA books, kids, and become more awesome.) More recently, I read her Seven Realms series, which I loved even more. When I heard that ...more
The cover of the book is beautiful. The narration style of the author in this book is as nice as her other books. However the High School Musical thing with the magical guitars is deceiving.

There are some mistakes (maybe on purpose?) like "Linda Downey stood, briefly, so she could be seen. She was small, with exquisite features and spiky black hair..." (pag 263) and then "Linda Downey drew everyone's eyes to her, like a diamond in a coal bin. She was small but finely made, with exquisite featur
I was really excited about reading this, as I'd thought there wouldn't be anymore books in the Heir Chronicles. the end I was so frustrated with this book! It wasn't that it was terribly written or anything like that. In fact, I thought it was well written, with a good pace, and I liked one of the main characters, Jonah. I wasn't such a fan of Emma--her characterization just seemed sloppy. With the other books in this series, the main characters are typically male with the occasional fem ...more
As the new shelf I made especially for the book is called: Wait, what? That is exactly how I feel about this book. The characters are interesting, the world is familiar, and I was interested to know more. The story is what's thrown me off about this book. We've got a great set up, interesting antagonists,and obvious points of conflict. So what isn't making sense about this book? It kinda goes nowhere. It's like there is a definite idea about where this book is going in the beginning, but then it ...more
I hate to give a bad review, especially after loving the first three books in the Heir Chronicles, but this latest addition reads like bad fan fiction. I have made my peace with the author's inexplicable love for using characters' full names and her obsession with describing characters' outfits in agonizing detail, but this book was just painful from beginning to end. First: Way too much exposition about musical terms and set lists and chord changes and weaving melodies and harmonies blah blah b ...more
Carla Ensley
I'm still a little unsure how I feel about this book. Over all it had a depressing and morbid feel to it. I didn't like it as much as I did the previous book, the dragon heir. I found myself drifting off while reading the story wondering what was happening back in trinity. I wasn't as wild about the story. It was a bit of a let down after reading the authors other books. I wasn't wild about Emma's character at all. And this series has made me hate wizards. I'm so sick of them. I hope the series ...more
I really enjoyed this book ~ not because it was a great book (it was good) but because it was exactly what I wanted at this time. I've had quite a few books lately that were all plot and no character and what this book did was focus on the characters, their development, their relationships, growth, pain, frustration etc.

The plot was average - the savants trying to make a life for themselves after the Thorn Hill massacre while our hero (Jonah) tries to find out who caused the massacre. A noble qu
Jun 24, 2013 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I received this book as a preview from NetGalley.

Overall, I liked the book and the introduction of new characters; however, it felt like it took the first half of the book for me to figure out what was going on with the shades. Once some of the basics were spelled out with some exposition, I was able to focus more on the characters and the last half was much more enjoyable. There are still aspects I feel like I don't understand at all, which will hopefully be explained (early) in the next book.
Moonlight Reader
This is really hard to review because it ends with a cliffhanger. I think I would like it a lot better if I had waited for the next book in this part of the cycle. The story is interesting, but there is a lot of new world building stuff, which is confusing, and there is no resolution.

What I liked:

I liked both Jonah and Emma. I liked getting a chance to revisit Trinity and see Seph and Madison Moss and Jack and Ellen. The concept of Thorn Hill and the Anchorage was interesting.

But what I didn't
Wow! It has been a long time coming and this one did not disappoint. I love the author's ability to pull me and twist the plot. I will warm you, you might want to read the others books again because I was rusty on the different guilds and weir stones. This is a great read and I am excited to follow Jonah in his trails and tribulations between life and death.
I was pretty bored at first, but I got more into it towards the end of the book.
After struggling to pick up the plot of this book and align it with the previous books in this series, I found myself drawn into the characters and their internal struggles which they must overcome in the midst of external forces. Ok, so the book pulls heavily from some YA cliches that just won't die: the guy who can never love because he can't physically touch anyone who finds the one girl who may be able to withstand his power, the girl who was hidden away to protect her from a dark threat hid ...more
Barb Middleton
I hate cliffhanger endings. It feels like the author didn't have enough time to write an ending so he or she stopped in the middle of action. On the whole this book was lazy from the plot to the characters. It is mostly nonstop action which is why I finished it; otherwise I would have abandoned it. There is little character development and most of the factual information comes in the form of music and guitars. If you are into Stratocaster electric guitars, Dragonfly guitars, and music then you m ...more
YAY! I didn't know there was going to be a 4th exciting!
Sinan Sayood
A continuation of Chima's Heir series that adds another handful of characters to an already well-stocked roster. I liked the story quite a bit, but unlike the earlier stories, it doesn't resolve the primary conflict by the end of the book. It refers to the events of the first three novels quite a bit, and while it does a decent attempt to keep new readers up to speed with who's who (and what), I don't know if it's enough. But if you're familiar with the series, it's another great example of Chim ...more
Well hmm... I was certainly disappointed. I'd just gotten through the whirlwind of the first part of the series, the original trilogy, and that amazing. This was a lot less than amazing. It was honestly just really strange, because everything I've read by Chima is just WONDERFUL! And GORGEOUS! And so hard to put down. This... I mean, there were good parts of it, but not a ton.

First the plot. Usually, I'm alright with being dropped in the center of something, not understanding the vocabulary, the
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Feb 05, 2014 Megan added it
Maybe wait to read it till the next one comes out. It kind of ends with a cliffhanger. It was interesting though. I liked it, but that could have been just because I love the author. I'm not sure what's going on politically or rather how they are going to get through all the issues (if they even can). This book was a little tragic. Not the overarching plot, but the characters themselves had a tragic background. I still love the first three, but I'm going to think of this as a sort of companion s ...more
Julie Williams
I got this book on NetGalley and per usual I chose it because of the cover not realizing it was part of a series. That hampered my understanding of the book somewhat. I still enjoyed it though.

Jonah Kinlock survived the Thorn Hill Massacre but at a terrible cost. He and the other survivors have become savants with special abilities but also health issues. Years later they are still trying to figure out what caused the massacre and there is a lot of infighting among the guilds. Emma is also a sa
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Holy cow, I wish that I was able to fully express into words how much I adored this book. If you haven’t read anything by Cinda Williams Chima before, well…you’re missing out. She is, by far, one of my favorite authors. And let me tell you…she did not disappoint with this one! I was a little bit nervous, because it’s been quite awhile since I read the first 3 in this series. The 3rd book, The Dragon Heir, came out in 2008. That’s 5 years a
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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,
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Other Books in the Series

The Heir Chronicles (5 books)
  • The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1)
  • The Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #2)
  • The Dragon Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #3)
  • The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #5)
The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1) The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1) The Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #2) The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2) The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, #3)

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