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The wizard heir / Cinda Williams Chima.
1st Hyperion Paperbacks ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Paperbacks, 2008, c2007.
Physical Description:
458 p. ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Hyperion, 2007.
Seph, an orphaned and untrained wizard who is unable to control his growing powers, is sent to a secluded boys' school in Maine where the headmaster promises to train him in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards.


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Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem. It's the trail of magical accidents-lately, disasters-that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained--and his powers are escalating out of control.

After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys' school on the coast of Maine. At first, it seems like the answer to his prayers. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards. But Seph's enthusiasm dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own dangerous agenda.

In this companion novel to the exciting fantasy The Warrior Heir , everyone's got a secret to keep: Jason Haley, a fellow student who's been warned to keep away from Seph; the enchanter Linda Downey, who knew his parents; the rogue wizard Leander Hastings, and the warriors Jack Swift and Ellen Stephenson. This wizard war is one that Seph may not have the strength to survive.

Author Notes

Cinda Williams Chima was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1952. She received a BA in philosophy from the University of Akron in 1975 and a master's degree in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a freelance contributor to numerous local and regional publications focusing on health-related topics and was an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Akron. She writes the Heir Chronicles and the Seven Realms series. Her title The Enchanter Heir made The New York Times Best Seller List and her title Stitching Snow made The Young New Adult Titles List. Flamecaster, book 1 in Chima's Shattered Realms Series, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Abandoning (for the moment) Jack (The Warrior Heir), this sequel follows Seph, an untrained wizard who enters an international magical-political dispute when an unscrupulous faction leader tries to recruit him. The feudal structures and modern upheavals of this world within our own are well delineated, and though relationships tend toward the tepid, adrenaline flows freely from both action and intrigue. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.