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Book Review: The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Should be a Spin-off series "Part 1"

The Heir Chronicles: Book 4

After thoroughly enjoying the first three books in the Heir Chronicles series, I was eager to jump into this one. I enjoy the magical world that Chima has built and I wanted to spend some more time in small-town Trinity, OH. This book… well… it left me with some mixed feelings.

It has an entirely different feel from the first three books, so it wasn’t what I was expecting. On top of that, the story ended on a cliff hanger. But it’s not just a cliff hanger, very few plot points are actually wrapped up by the end of the book. I still have so many questions. I feel like this is more of a “Part 1” of a spin-off series rather than a “Book 4.” So I almost feel like I can’t make a complete judgment on this book yet since I haven’t really finished the story. But I can tell you what I think so far.

Enchanter Heir Synopsis

The story begins with a flash back, but it is an important one. A community of non-wizard gifted people built a life for themselves at a place called Thorn Hill in Brazil. One day, there was a freak magical accident, the water supply became poisoned. Very few people survived and those that did were deeply affected. They became magical mutants of sorts, gaining other gifts besides the ones they had already. Often at the cost of very poor health.

The main character, Jonah Kinlock is a survivor of the Thorn Hill Massacre. Originally just an enchanter, his unique gifts have made him stronger, able to smell and hear more, and worst of all, his physical touch is literally¬†deadly. But these gifts are useful to the assassin network, Nightshade, that hunts the undead. Yup. Undead. Apparently, whatever killed all the people at Thron Hill only killed their bodies, leaving their spirits to roam until they find a cadaver they can operate. And when cadavers aren’t available, sometimes they have to make one. It’s… a bit darker than the previous books. I wasn’t quite expecting a zombie book when I opened it.

Emma Claire Greenwood, the other main character, grew up not knowing her parents, not realizing she was a sorcerer, and raised by a non-magical grandfather who taught her music. Emma finds her grandfather dying in his shop one day, holding a note telling her she is in danger from a past she can’t even remember.

There are a lot (a LOT) of questions about what really went down the night of the Thorn Hill Massacre. Was it an accident? (Probably not.) Was it an attack? Was it an entirely unprovoked attack? And whodunnit? Jonah wants to find out the truth about Thorn Hill and Emma might have connections to the answer. They need to find out soon because whoever caused the Massacre might attack again.

Characters

So when the story started I liked Jonah… He seemed like a sweet kid. A good brother to his younger siblings. That was during the flash back when he was seven. He’s seventeen for the bulk of the story, and… angsty. Honestly, he was starting to remind me of Edward Cullen from the infamous Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. Luckily, there are some big differences between Edward and Jonah where it counts. Jonah’s not a stalker and he doesn’t obsess over the girl any more than a normal teenage boy would. But he is a magically attractive, super strong, deadly-to-be-close-to adolescent who can also read emotions.

Jonah is also just… stupid. I don’t know. I guess teenagers are stupid, but for being super strong and an empath, he can be pretty cowardly sometimes in the secrets he chooses to keep. Just my opinion. Hopefully his character will grow and develop in the next book.

Emma. I liked Emma. She’s a bit of a wild-child. Feisty, strong willed, and she doesn’t take any BS. She’d rather hear a hard truth than a fluffy lie. She smacks some sense into Jonah a couple of times, and I seriously am going to read the next book for her, hoping she’ll smack some more into him.

Pet Peeves

So unfortunately, this book took more of a typical approach to YA that the previous books had mercifully avoided. I like YA. I don’t like reading whole paragraphs about teenage hormones going crazy because of a tiny glimpse of skin. The first three books had taken a more tasteful approach to describing attraction between characters. This time, Chima seemed to feel the need to spell out how these teens were going crazy for each other.

I get it. It builds tension. He’s magically attractive and can feel everything, but he’s also deadly to touch. They want to be together, but they just can’t. I guess I’d be less annoyed if Jonah actually told Emma about his deadly-touch problem, but he doesn’t. Cause he’s a coward.

Coming Up

I’m going on vacation next week so I should have plenty of time to read the next book, The Sorcerer Heir. Here’s hoping I get my questions answered and Emma gets a little more time to shine.

About the author

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