Wednesday, February 3, 2016

K10: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what are your first names, how old are you, and what are your favorite flavors of ice cream?

     My name is Lila.
     And I'm Victoria. 
     I'm 11.
     I'm 11 too. We're twins.
     I like chocolate and Victoria likes cookie dough.
     Uh huh.

What book did you read and why did you choose it?

     We read The Warrior Heir because we were in a Half-Price Books and our older sister handed it to us and said "Read this!" 

Can you describe this book in one word?


What was your favorite part of this story?

     Let me see. Probably when Jack and Ellen meet at Raven's Ghyll. I won't say why it was awesome because it'll ruin the book.
     I liked it when Leander Hastings killed two people and then buried them like 60 feet underground. By the school. Of course using magic. It was really funny.
     It was really funny.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?

     I'd probably run away. He had plenty of problems.
     I'd solve the problems with either my brain or with Shadowslayer.
     Yeah! That's the sword on the cover. Maybe.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?

     It's exciting and suspenseful and magical and funny.
     (Victoria nods.)

What do you think about the book's cover?

     It really drew me in.
     It made me think it would be a good book for me.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?

     Yes! We've already read the next four!  

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?

     Maybe Revenge of the Shadow King.
     The Inkheart Series. 

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?


The Warrior Heir

An epic battle between good and evil...
Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.


  1. There are FIVE books in this series! I had the first three, which came out in '06, '07 and '08, but missed the last two, which came out in '13 and '14. Now the first three are in tatters and the last two look brand new. Glad that you both enjoyed this book. Thanks for the review.

  2. Dear Lila and Victoria, I'm a twin, too! My twin's name is Linda. I'm glad you enjoyed The Wizard Heir and hope you'll check out my other books.

    1. Oh wow! Thank you for your comment! Lila and Victoria have enjoyed all of the Heir series and will be absolutely thrilled to hear you are a twin as well.


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