The Warrior Heir | 3 star review

The Warrior Heir | 3 star reviewThe Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
three-stars
Series: The Heir Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published by Hyperion Paperbacks

An epic battle between good and evil...

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 their helm sits 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 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.

The Warrior Heir has been on my wishlist for forever and I never seemed to hit the buy button for whatever reason. Well, there it was, sat on a table at YALC and for a decent price so who could resist? I couldn’t. It ended up in my suitcase and bam, here we are.

I think if I did use half star measures on my blog this would be nearer a 2.5 which really disappoints me. I have heard this book ranted and raved about and for some reason, it completely failed to capture my attention and the main character really made me angry.

That’s not to say there weren’t some redeeming factors to the story but overall I was left wanting something more. Especially seeing as it is a fantasy series. I think there was an issue with lack of clarity within the story, in fact, I finished the book with no real understanding of what happened or why. The twist at the end was predictable and I thought that everything tied up too neatly.

I don’t really have a favourite character in The Warrior Heir, which isn’t a massive surprise if anything, this book let me down on all counts. I would have to say my least favourite character would have to be Jack, I just struggled with his character and the way he developed in the story. It was either really fast-paced or so slow I nearly put the book down.

All in all, I don’t think I would recommend The Warrior Heir to anyone, I was really hoping for something magical and just feel let down by it all. I think there could have been some really nice potential if there had been some more plot and character development.

Have you ever read a book that has let you down oh so badly? What are your favourite picks for fantasy? Make sure you check out my adult fantasy recommendation here!Let me know in the comments!

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