Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Series: The Heir Chronicles
Publication: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (February 27, 2007)
Description: Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high-schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great-until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.
Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: He is Weirlind; part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At the head of this magical society sit the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game-a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.
As if his bizarre magical heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind-he's one of the last of the warriors-at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.
My Thoughts: An ordinary sixteen-year-old finds that he is not so ordinary after all. He finds that he is a pawn in a game played by magical people when he forgets to take his medicine one day. Jack was implanted with a warrior stone when he was an infant. The doctor who implanted him wanted to use him as a warrior in the power games that wizards play. Since those battles were always to the death, the wizards are finding themselves short of warriors leading to warriors being hunted.
Jack just learns that he is part of the magical world and learns that he is a target at the same time. Luckily, he has his Aunt Linda who is an Enchanter and various others who are protecting him and keeping him safe until he has had a chance to grow up.
This story was a well-written tale of a magical world that exists along side our normal world. Jack was an intriguing character who didn't want to follow the path laid out for him and found a way the change it.
The story was filled with action and even had some romance too.
Jack was feeling more and more isolated by the burdens he carried and the secrets he kept, by mental and physical exhaustion and the unrelenting fear of exposure.I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.