The Warrior Heir
The Warrior Heir is the first book in the trilogy, The Heir Chronicles, a young adult fiction novel about a young boy who discovers his destiny as a warrior. One day when sixteen year old Jack Swift forgets to take the medication he’s been taking his entire life, he is filled with the sudden power to send his rival and bully, Garrett Lobeck, flying into the net at soccer tryouts. Soon his small-town Ohio life is turned upside down as he is thrown into a secret world where a powerful wizard ruling class dominates, enslaves, and hunts to near-extinction sorcerers, enchanters, soothsayers and most of all, warriors.
From the back of the book:
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 the head of this magical society sit 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 magical 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.
I am a sucker for teen fiction so I give this book 4 stars. It kept me engaged with its twists and turns and ruthless politics, and I found myself rooting for the main character’s independence. By the end I was already excited to read the next book. Coming soon, look for my review of:
The Wizard Heir