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The Enchanter Heir

(The Heir Chronicles #4)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  8,424 ratings  ·  653 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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Sarah I really liked it, even though there were some parts that were really confusing and kinda repetitive.
Sunay Agarwal The Warrior Heir. Next is The Wizard Heir, then The Dragon Heir, then The Enchanter Heir, and finally The Sorcerer Heir.

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Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Looking at some of the reviews I can see that some of my friends struggled with this new storyline, but I actually liked it better that the first three books. The characters (while sorta cliche) were written in a way that was less dry, and more interesting. At least, to me.


Alright. What's an Enchanter, you ask?
Well, they're able to make people do what they want. Everyone is drawn to them, and they can exert a great deal of influence over others.
Think: Hypnotoad...but hot!


Jonah is a childhood
Oct 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
I enjoyed this book, however it was not my favorite by her.
May 26, 2011 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
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Molly Mortensen
The storyline was much better than Dragon. (And you could totally start the series here!) Normally, I hate zombies, but these were totally unique. I loved the added worldbuilding with the Savants/labrats and the mystery of what happened at Thorn Hill.

There was definitely something up with Nightshade and Gabriel (director guy.) Why would he take Jonah, his best guy, off field work? (Luckily, the action didn't end there.)

It was nice to see Seph, Jack, and Ellen again. (Madison was there too.) Th
This was really good but I felt like we are getting less acations as the books are going on...
1) The warrior heir 3/5
2) The wizard heir 3/5
3) The dragon heir 5/5
4) The enchanter heir 4/5
5) The sorcerer heir ??/5
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thorn Hill Massacre was ten years ago. Thousands of Weir, living in a thriving community, killed by poison. Few survived and they were all children. But they did not survive unscathed. Most suffer magical health issues and disabilities. Many were also left with unique magical gifts that set them apart from the mainline guilds. Most people think it was the Wizard's guild's doing.

Now wizards are being killed. The Anchorage, a new community setup to treat and house the survivors of the Thorn H
Nov 14, 2010 marked it as to-read
What? 2013????? want to read it noooooooooooooooow
Eliza Crewe
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh. Pretty standard across the board--standard characters, standard plot, plus a few head smacking moments. I'm pretty sure the line "You're not like other girls" gets an automatic one-star deduction from me. I'm probably being too harsh, but my expectations are pretty high for the author responsible for the Seven Realms Series (one of my absolute favorites!). ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
Jul 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
That was horrible. I had really high expectations after the Dragon heir, and this book was just so disappointing.
Reasons the book was so disappointing:
1) CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?: Jonah Kinlock is a buff dude who hates himself because he thinks he's a horrible person. That about sums him up. Even better is Emma who's narrations exist mainly to explain to the readers how attractive Jonah is.
2) Nothing Actually Happened: Seriously. Nothing.
Jul 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-releases


Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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 hear ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Amber at Fall Into Books
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Enchanted Heir is by far the best book in this series. I loved the previous three books, but this novel just blew me out of the water. This installment is full of action and adventure, betrayals and alliances. The character-development is top-notch, and the world continues to grow. Chima is a fantastic author, and the writing is spectacular. This is one book you don't want to miss.

I really love Emma. She's a great character. Sometimes she comes across as a little bratty and brash, but overa
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
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2019-read
When a commune of Sorcerers and other under-guildlings is attacked, Jonah can't help but think it was sabotage. Years after the massacre, he and the other survivors have been altered and many suffer from ill health. With his peculiar ability to kill with a touch, Jonah sets out to find the truth and for vengeance. Emma Claire Greenwood loves music and working with her grandfather as a luthier. When her grandfather dies under suspicious circumstances, she flees to Ohio and a father she never knew ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pop culture is my native language, so let me break it down for you like this: The Enchanter Heir is basically X Men populated with Tolkienesque characters, running around playing an urban Parkour version of Clue. The plot is a multilayered political murder mystery. Everyone seems to have a different agenda and is playing their cards close to their chests. You have ambiguous villainous types, luthiers (guitar-makers, yay for learning new words,) zombie ghosts and a ninja assassin strike team oper ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Ummmm…….So I have decided to rate this as if it were just the first half of a book because that is what it seems to be. This is the first half or Part I of a much larger book in my opinion.

I love the writing style of Cinda Williams Chima, this is the eighth book by her I have read. That said this was really a departure from the prior three books of this series. It would almost be an entirely new series if it didn’t still have the same rules and some characters of the first three books. Although
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it

I should start by saying I absolutely loved the first three books of this series, and I still have faith the fifth book will be great, but...this was a rough one.

The first 200 pages of this book were a struggle for me to be in any way interested. Now I don't know if this its just me getting back into the world or if Chima had a rough time transitioning back into urban fantasy writing after four years in a high fantasy world, but the writing was somewhat awkward and not what I expected and
Carla Ensley
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
First off, I'd like to say that I absolutely adored the first three books in this series. I didn't even mind the ending to the original trilogy. I was very much excited to jump back into this world and continue along. With that I had high hopes for this book, and although I did enjoy it, it didn't live up to the other three in the series. There was insta-love, and it did remind me of twilight in the fact that it's all about a girl who wants a boy and a boy who wants a girl but knows he can't hav ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
"I'll take a chance on you, if you'll take a chance on me."

The Thorn Hill massacre occurred many years ago, but the aftereffects of the tragedy still exist even to this day. Only the children survived, and the ones that did have all grown up with various gifts, different from those in their weirguilds. Powerful gifts. Dangerous gifts.

I love Cinda Williams Chima's writing, especially in this series because it is the perfect blend of urban fantasy; magical yet down to earth. This is a new storylin
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
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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 Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #2)
  • The Dragon Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #3)
  • The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #5)

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