Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima is the 4th book in her The Heir Chronicles series. Usually each book introduces a new character with their own set of problems, and then these characters are thrust into the life of the previous books’ characters. For this particular installment Chima introduces Jonah Kinlock and Emma Greenwood. Both have a connection to Thorn Hill, a commune that existed when they were really young. Both also have ties to the infamous Thorn Hill Massacre. The basic concept is that in this commune some experiments were done on the children there, which caused ridiculous reactions: i.e. Jonah’s brother Kenzie becomes a human fireball and this messes up with his ability to lead a normal life. The other children have extreme issues like this.
One night, when Jonah was 7, all the adults died and some of the children did too. Those that survived were rescued by Gabriel Mandrake, a sorcerer, and placed in a school in Anchorage. Here is where Jonah has strived with his unique gift, as an assassin. On the other hand we have Emma, who doesn’t even know that she might be a sorcerer or wizard or healer or warrior or enchanter, leaving a normal life in Memphis. After she finds her grandfather dead in his own shop, she travels to meet the father she never knew and finds out that there is a terrible secret. She was at Thorn Hill, her mother was involved, and DeVries (super bad guy) is hunting Emma and her father.
With secrets, half truths, small connections, and a whole lot of awkward love this installment had me speed reading like it was my job. As a major fan of Chima’s Seven Realms series I have fallen for this series.