Sixteen year old Joseph “Seph” McCauley has spent the past three years bouncing from one exclusive private school to another. It’s not his attitude. The reason: he is plagued by magical accidents that are increasing in frequency and severity. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained—now that the only person able to protect him has died, his powers are escalating out of control. After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boy’s school on the coast of Maine.
At first, it seems like the answers to his prayers. Dr. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards known as the Alumini. But after learning the price to be paid for this knowledge, Seph refuses. He is uneasy that Leicester plans to use his students’ powers to serve his own mysterious agenda.
As he makes friends and enemies at the school, Seph becomes trapped in a horrific nightmare at the hands of Leicester himself, who is determined to have Seph join him regardless of the consequences.
Everyone around him is keeping secrets: Jason Haley, a fellow student who has been warned to keep away from Seph; the enchanter, Linda Downey, who knew his parents; the rogue wizard, Leander Hastings; the warriors, Jack Swift and Ellen Stephenson; and the wise ancient wizard, Nicodemus Snowbeard. Seph soon finds himself at the centre of a wizard war he may not have the strength to survive.
Readers who liked The Warrior Heir will not be disappointed with the sequel, The Wizard Heir. It has the same action filled suspense as secrets are unearthed, skirmishes fought, and mysteries surrounding Seph’s parents and the world of the Weir and the Roses are brought to light.
There were suspense sequences in the book that caught and held my attention to find out what the solution would be. The relationships between the various characters are well done, including the internal struggle Seph faces to control his emotions to avoid accidents with his magic. One particularly touching scene brought tears to my eyes, which I give accolades to Ms. Chima for. I believe the last book to do this to me was Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”, so Ms. Chima is in good company.
This is the second book in the Heir trilogy from Hyperion, an imprint of the Disney Book Group. It is recommended for ages 14 and up, has 458 pages and published in 2007.
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