The Warrior Heir
One March day, Jack Swift, a high school student in a small college town, forgets to take the medicine he’s taken daily since he was an infant. There ensues a cascade of events that puts him in mortal danger.
Jack discovers he carries a secret within him that has made him a target of the ruthless wizards of the Red and White Rose. Jack is a Warrior Heir, the last of a dying breed, sought after by the Roses to fight in the tournaments that are used to allocate power among the Wizard Houses. Unknown to him, Jack has lived all his life surrounded by members of the Magical Guilds: wizards, enchanters, soothsayers, and sorcerers. They are determined to save him from the Roses.
With the aid of his aunt, a beautiful enchanter, Jack desperately tries to acquire the skills that might save his life. Jack and his friends, Will and Fitch, unearth a magical sword from a cemetery and fight off the wizards who would take it from them. Jack begins training with the dark and dangerous Leander Hastings, a wizard with a mysterious past.
Meanwhile, Jack is torn between his attraction to Ellen Stephenson, a new student at Trinity High School, and Leesha Middleton, his former girlfriend, who decides she wants him back.
Discovered and besieged by treachery at home, he flees to the Lake District of England. There he is confronted by the greatest challenge of all.
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!