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The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
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In The Warrior Hair, written by Cinda Chima, Jackson Swift has always had a normal life in the small college town of Trinity, Ohio. A large, star shaped scar on his forehead and daily medication was the only two things that set him apart from the other normal students. Although he was religious about taking his pills, he decides not to one day, and when a rival soccer player (Lobeck) threatens jack, jack throws him --- sending Lobeck flying across the soccer field. After Jack gets home after this weird event, his strange Aunt Linda decides to randomly take him on a genealogy trip. Jack takes his two best friends with him, expecting a fun time, but they end up finding out that Linda is being stalked by a man who wants to steal the family heirloom. Aunt Linda says its nothing, but Jack doesn’t believe her, and he agrees to find the sought-after heirloom. While digging in a cemetery, Jack uncovers a long lost sword with strange powers. After this, Jack wants to know more. He finds out he’s a Weirlind, A magical being part of an underground society of other magical beings just like him. The two feuding houses (White Rose and Red Rose) settle whose going to rule by offering two people into single combat. Unfortunately, Jack is special even by Weirlind standards, so he’s chased after by both houses. The road gets dangerous once the stakes are raised, and Jack needs to train and train in order to stay alive. Will he make it through this frantic time and become the Weirlind champion? Read The Warrior Heir, by Cinda Chima.

Many people associate fantasy fiction books to be geared for the younger group of preteen readers. But in fact this book, The Warrior Heir, is an extremely well written fantasy fiction book that would actually connect to a good number of high school readers. The problems that Jackson faces, one of which being excluded from everyone once his powers are known, is a problem that everyone has faced in their lives one way or another whether it be at high school, at a job, or on a sport team. This books message is to never give up, just as Jackson did when he trained and trained for his life and that even when things are looking bleakest; there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Along with the fact that many high school readers can relate to some of the problems that Jackson faces in this story, it is well written also. It has a vocabulary worthy of a high school student, and the plot is one of those page-turners that make you keep reading and reading. All in all, I read this book ravenously in only about a week and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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