Reading Level: Young Adult
Length: 448 pages
Release Date: February 27, 2007
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Heir Chronicles
Source: Swapped through Paperbackswap.com
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
I have had this book on my to be read pile forever and was excited to finally get to read it. It was a quick read and a decent story. I had some trouble engaging with the characters and thought the plot was okay but not great.
This was a decent story about a modern day teen, Jack, who finds out he is the heir to magical warrior powers. He ends up drawn into the political machinations of modern day wizards and enchanters.
This is very much one of those classic types of fantasy where a character in a modern day world finds out they have magical powers that tie back to centuries old magic. It wasn’t all that unique but it was decently done. The story was fairly engaging and it was interesting to watch Jack unravel the mysteries of his power.
I personally don’t plan on reading more of this series, I just didn’t find the setting or idea all that engaging and I had some trouble relating to the characters as well.
This story is self-contained and wraps up nicely. I think middle grade/teen boys might enjoy this series a bit more than I did.
Overall a decent fantasy story. The storyline is pretty typical of a number of middle grade/YA books where a young person in our world finds out they have strange powers and get embroiled in ancient politics. I think middle grade/YA boys who love fantasy will enjoy this more than I did. I don’t plan on reading future books in this series.