Out October 1, 2013
The Thorn Hill Massacre was a brutal attack on the anawizard weir. Only some of the children there survived and those that did, did come out unharmed. Jonah survived but anyone he touches dies, which makes him the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, an organization that hunts the undead from Thornhill. Emma was at Thornhill but grew up afterwards with her grandfather who taught her music instead of magic. After he is murdered, she ends up meeting up with Jonah and they try to figure out what really happened at Thorn Hill. This is the fourth book in the Heir Chronicles.
When I first started reading Enchanter Heir I was worried it was going to have the same feel that Extras by Scott Westerfeld did, which didn’t really fit in with the rest of the series. However Enchanter Heir did not have that feel. Even though the book started with a completely different direction from the other three books, Chima created enough ties to the first three books that it made it continuous story and not out of left field. It continued the power struggle between wizards and the other weir. It also added another element to the power struggle, which I really enjoyed. The Thorn Hill Survivors kept the series fresh and added more life to it. The tension between the survivors, the wizards and the ‘mainliners’ (the anawizard weir) create more drama and intrigue that keeps the reader engaged. In addition to the new political developments, the new characters are even more interesting than the previous ones. The survivors’ disabilities give them depth through what they have to deal with physically and the prejudice other weir have against them. Jonah may be my favorite character so far in this series. Not being able to touch anyone without killing them creates such an interesting dynamic with the world. His sadness and empathy are fascinating to read about.
My only complaint with Enchanter Heir is that it moved a little bit slowly at the beginning. However, this is not unusual in Chima’s writing. I felt the same way about Wizard Heir and The Demon King. Fans of this series already won’t find this to be a problem. Once Emma and Jonah actually meet, the book moves quickly and was hard to put down.
Beware: the cliffhanger is intense so be prepared to scream in frustrations and immediately tweet the author to ask for more!
**I read an advanced readers copy of this. Thank you to Disney Book Group for giving me a copy.