The Enchanter Heir – The Heir Chronicles #4 – Cinda Williams Chima

enchanter heirRelease date: October 1st 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 512
Format: e-book
Source: Netgalley

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 the undead. He is being groomed to succeed Gabriel Mandrake, the sorcerer, philanthropist, and ruthless music promoter who established the Thorn Hill Foundation, the public face of Nightshade. More and more, Jonah’s at odds with Gabriel’s tactics and choice of targets. Desperate to help his dying brother Kenzie, Jonah opens doors that Gabriel prefers to keep closed.

Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.

Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Madison Moss and the Interguild Council, threatening the fragile peace brokered at Trinity.

Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid growing suspicion that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

Review:

Chima starts her 4th Heir Chronicles book ‘The Enchanter Heir’ interestingly, creating an intriguing and powerful beginning to grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning. A whole new storyline is introduced, which brings with it a bunch of secrets and mystery that keep the reader enthralled. Though this beginning was very good, she lost me after it. The first halve didn’t grabe my attention and draw me in as much as the previous books did, which disappointed me a bit. The story isn’t bad or boring or anything like that, but there seemed to be something in between me and the characters which prevented me from connecting with them and their story right away. The second half was a lot better than and was more what I expected from Chima and honestly, it saved the book for me.

Now to elaborate on the characters: Emma is just not my kind of girl.
She was really hard to make a connection with, I just couldn’t find myself in her decisions or her story. It got better nearing the end, but it still wasn’t quite there. Jonah on the other hand pulled me in quite easily (must be that enchanter gift of his spilling from the pages 😉 ).
I’m also a big fan of Kenzie, Jonah’s younger brother, he just jumped off the pages. I love the way he handles his illness, his funny remarks and how easy he is to fall in love with.
The best part of the character chemistry in this book were the bits where Jonah and his brother are together. This is where Chima’s talent really shines through. You can feel the love between these siblings pouring from the pages. This is great writing and exactly what I expected from this author.
A lot of familiar characters from the first three books make an appearance throughout the book, but more in the background. They play a role in the main story, but only show up on a handful of occasions. It’s kind of weird to see the characters I came to love in the first books through somebody else’s eyes, I didn’t really recognize them at first, being used to following their thoughts and every move earlier.

‘The Enchanter Heir’ is a lot darker than the previous books, dealing with some sort of zombie/ghosts and Jonah coming to terms with having to slay them. The struggle he experiences here was another strong point in the book, Jonah doesn’t just accept what others tell him, or what others think is right. He wants to make his own decisions when it comes to such a huge responsibility. He wants to know if there isn’t another way to go at it, maybe a more peaceful way.
There are a lot of things to think about and a lot of emotional, psychological stuff going on in this book. Things like terminal illness, death, guilt, longing, being different, bullying, … It all gets a place and Chima gives her readers room to ponder over these thing, to really think about them and what kind of impact they have on someone’s life.
All in all a very emotionally charged book.

The ending was great, a cliffhanger, leading to the obvious question: “When’s the next book coming out?”. As a conclusion I can say that I really enjoyed ‘The Enchanter Heir’. Chima’s writing is as clean and sharp as always, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was expecting. Maybe I had set my standards to high, expecting too much. But if you’re a fan of ‘The Heir Chronicles’ you should definitely read this 4th installment. It’s totally different from the other three and that makes it a fresh and intriguing read.

 

Update:

The booktrailer for the Enchanter Heir went live yesterday and I really wanted to share it with you! I absolutely love it, it reflects the rather dark theme of the book perfectly. You can watch it here, over at ‘The Story Siren’.

 

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