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The Wizard Heir

(The Heir Chronicles #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  39,221 ratings  ·  1,455 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 an
Paperback, 458 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published May 2007)
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Avery Yes you can. You would only miss minor information.…moreYes you can. You would only miss minor information. (less)
Cara Albert You don't need to read the first book first but you should read the other books in order (Wizard, Dragon, Enchanter, and Sorcerer in that order). The…moreYou don't need to read the first book first but you should read the other books in order (Wizard, Dragon, Enchanter, and Sorcerer in that order). The Wizard and Dragon books take place right after each other and though have different main characters, reading them out of order will be confusing. The Enchanter and Sorcerer books are connected with the Sorcerer Heir picking up maybe an hour after the Enchanter ends. The Warrior Heir is just an intro for the world and introduces you to the basics. If you wish to skip the first book you may but it spoils its ending if you read the companion novels.(less)

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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.
Molly Mortensen
Seph started out pretty unlikable. He's always popular, people always like his ideas, and he uses his powers to persuade people. This third one doesn't stop and he actually uses his magic to get girls.. He grew on me though and he's a better character than Jack. It says something that the girl he falls for, Maddie, isn't effected by his magic. She's an interesting character.

The school has a creepy atmosphere and it's obvious something sinister is going on there. I didn't like the whole
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, best-of
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3.5 stars

This continues to be a good contemporary fantasy series. The story is really straightforward and easy to listen to as an audiobook. Both my kids enjoyed it, but really, the problem is that it isn't The Seven Realms, which was brilliant. This is entertaining enough, but loses some luster in comparison to Chima's other series.

That said, it is interesting enough that I plan to read the next book. Chima definitely builds her stories across the books in a series, and I do want to see where
☠ Michelle ☠
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Darren Hagan
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was so amazing!
I mean, The Warrior Heir was pretty good but this just kicked it up a notch.
I literally didn't want to put it down on a night.
The perfect way to finish off April!
Dec 30, 2007 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 ...more
Cori Reed
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
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
Noelia Alonso

This sequel was quite a great improvement from the first book (I've read this in one day and that rarely happens). Way more engaging in my opinion and less predictable. I found Seph, the main character, way more likeable than Jack or at least less whinny and more sensible and useful. And I'm kind of intrigued to see how the third book goes.
Jul 04, 2011 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
Sep 28, 2013 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 :)
Colleen Earle
This was a reread for me
I liked this more than the first book in the series
There was more mystery and intrigue
I liked the character development
Will L.
Feb 21, 2012 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
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely enjoyed this more than the The Warrior Heir! I think I'd been so focused on the fact that this series is more urban fantasy that I didn't take the time to appreciate the story for it's worth. The Wizard Heir feels distinctly more fantasy since a majority of this takes place in a secluded boarding school. Seph McCauley is sent to Hayden's after he causing a devastating accident; however, things are not all they seem at Hayden's. Seph is desperate for a magical teacher and a way to ...more
Jan 15, 2008 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
Still not convinced by this series at all. The writing is good and the story interesting but somehow I feel no attachment to the characters and just I don't know something really did not work for me.
That said Seph and Jason were more interesting to me than the previous characters. I'll keep reading in the spirit of no new books until I have read the ones on my shelf but meh altogher
Caylynn Bleess
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He was more comfortable with spoken charms, because he could better control the outcome. Seph loved the cadence of magical language. He rolled the ancient charms off his tongue, conjuring words from the ancient magi. Sometimes the words came from within, like a spring bubbling up from a deeper pool.

So in the first book, we had the talented warrior Jack Swift, who hailed from the small town of Trinity, Ohio. In this sequel, we focus on Joseph- Seph- McCauley, an incredibly powerful yet
Courtney Robeson
Honestly, when I started this book, I didn't have high hopes. The first one intrigued me enough to read the second one, but I wasn't too fond of it. Then I read this one, and I was blown away. It's was an amazing book, and the storyline kept me on the edge of my seat. It was full of twists and turns, and I loved it. Also, the fantasy was explained much better in this book than in the first one. I highly recommend.
Zachary Flye
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Protagonist: Seph McCauley has had trouble follow him all his life. As an untrained wizard, he can't quite control his powers which have led to him getting kicked out of quite a few boarding schools. Then after an incident where his powers get extremely out of control, he's transferred to the Havens, an elite boarding school, where the headmaster promises to train Seph in wizardry, but after learning the steep cost Seph isn't willing to play in Leicester's political games. Leicester then
The writing was superb. Very imaginative and it was a fresh take on wizards for me but I just could not seem to connect with it or the characters. I don't know why. It took me till nearly the very end of the book to really get into it.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from 2 typos and 1 continuity error, this book was great. Part of the ending was a bit dreadful and emotional. This was a great sequel.
Wendy F
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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 ...more
Sarah Khan
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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~Cyanide Latte~
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary readers who want to try out fantasy.
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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
Alexis Miller
Jan 20, 2013 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
Nina Levine
Jan 17, 2011 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
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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.


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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“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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