So as I read through this book, The Sorcerer Heir, my reoccurring thought was, “FINALLY!” Finally these characters are having this conversation. Finally they are discovering the answers to SO many questions. Finally we’re getting somewhere.
If you’ve read my review for The Enchanter Heir, you will know that the book ended a bit abruptly for me. It was a cliffhanger, but I don’t think any of the real questions had gotten answered by the end of it. I found that whole experience rather frustrating. It didn’t feel like a complete book to me but more of a “Part 1.” Like any reader, I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers, but the ending of the last story just wasn’t satisfying on any level.
The Sorcerer Heir, FINALLY wrapped up some of these things. That in itself made it a satisfying read.
The Sorcerer Heir Synopsis
Frankly there is just a lot of tension in the world that Chima built. In the first books the tension is between the Red Rose and the White Rose and the Underguilds were the victims. Then it became Wizards vs. the Underguilds. In these last couple of books there are lots of different factions that are struggling to get along. There are Thorn Hill survivors, there are the “Underguild Rebles” that were in the first books, and there is the original group of Wizards that are just too used to being in power to admit that they lost.
On top of this political tension, we’ve still got the mystery of the Thorn Hill Massacre, the mystery of the magical zombies and what to do about them, and the tension between our two main characters. Emma and Jonah struggle to trust each other, but they are both the only ones asking the questions that count.
I still struggled to like Jonah as a character, this time though because of his moral decisions. He makes some difficult choices that I don’t agree with. He’s a flawed character for sure. I understand why he is angsty, anyone in his situation would be, but it’s just hard for me to empathize with him. Maybe I’m heartless, but I feel like a number of his problems he creates for himself.
Emma goes through some ups and downs as a character as well, but that didn’t bother me so much. She at least 1) hadn’t already annoyed me and 2) has a moral backbone. This becomes even more impressive as we learn more about her past.
I also need to mention Kenzie. Kenzie is Jonah’s younger brother. I loved his character. He was funny and spunky and very real. He was a disabled character and rarely left his room during these two books, but there were multiple times where I felt like Kenzie was the real hero of the story. If the boy wasn’t confined to his room, he would have stolen the show easily.
Music and the Truth
A lot of the characters love creating music, which becomes something they bond over. The “Magic of Music” and the “Truth” were big themes that played throughout this story. And they joined together with the mantra, “Music tells the truth.” So in the midst of a lot of mystery and lies, with this theme of music and truth, the lyrics of the songs become very important. It’s hard to write about music without getting overly cheesy so I’ll give Chima props for that. It was well done. So when the rush to save lives also becomes a rush to save souls as well, it’s Music and The Truth that saves the day. It really is the Truth that sets you free. A good message to end on.