They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors, Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a global network that hunts the undead. He is being groomed to succeed Gabriel Mandrake, the sorcerer, philanthropist, and ruthless music promoter who established the Thorn Hill Foundation, the public face of Nightshade. More and more, Jonah’s at odds with Gabriel’s tactics and choice of targets. Desperate to help his dying brother Kenzie, Jonah opens doors that Gabriel prefers to keep closed.
Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.
Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Madison Moss and the Interguild Council, threatening the fragile peace brokered at Trinity.
Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid growing suspicion that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.
Holy cow, I wish that I was able to fully express into words how much I adored this book. If you haven’t read anything by Cinda Williams Chima before, well…you’re missing out. She is, by far, one of my favorite authors. And let me tell you…she did not disappoint with this one! I was a little bit nervous, because it’s been quite awhile since I read the first 3 in this series. The 3rd book, The Dragon Heir, came out in 2008. That’s 5 years ago! And the first book came out in 2006…so I was a little bit rusty! As much as I would have LOVED to reread the series, I didn’t really have the time for that with all of my review books. Also, I still remember quite a bit from the first few books, and I don’t like rereading books where I remember too much. Anyways, I was very nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to follow the 4th book. It’s been a long time since the last book came out, and I was very worried that it was going to be very hard to remember stuff, and that maybe it wasn’t going to flow very well because it had been so long since I read it. I had no need to worry, though. The Enchanter Heir really can be read without reading the first three books. I mean, it’s set in that same world and introduces some of the characters from the first three books, but they’re not really the main focus, which I really liked.
The Enchanter Heir surrounds Jonah and Emma, two completely new characters to the Heir Chronicles. I’ll be the first to say that I have the BIGGEST crush on Jonah. I don’t know if it’s because Cinda described him as like the sexiest guy ever a million and twenty times, but OMG. I LOVED him! I was actually really sad when the book ended, because I was like….No more Jonah? Insert sad face there. I need more of him! I need him to have a happy ending! And speaking of endings?! No..wait…I’ll talk more about that at the end of this review.
As for Emma, I also really enjoyed her character. Did I love her as much as I loved Jonah? Well, no, but I don’t think most characters could compete with him. I really enjoyed the music aspect of Emma’s life. I thought that it added creativity and a little bit of playfulness to the story. I liked that they were in a band together and the beautiful lyrics that Cinda created. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of subplots like that, but this one really worked. I would have liked to learn a little bit more about Emma’s experiences at Thorn Hill and maybe a little bit more about her power. I’m very confused if the next book is going to be about Emma. I think it’s called The Sorcerer Heir…so we’ll see.
The ending of this book……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF was that?! I yelled at my book just a little bit when I turned the last page. There’s a huuuuuuge cliffhanger at the end of this book. I actually wasn’t expecting that, because Cinda doesn’t really pull a lot of cliffhangers in her books. For once, I’m like OMG…I need the next one NOW because I have to know how that ending is going to play out in the next installment. It’s really throwing me for a loop that I don’t know what’s going to happen.
If I have to come up with something negative to say, I’ll say that the last so many chapters in the book felt a little rushed. During the last two chapters I was really confused how the book was going to end. There was still so much left unsaid. My copy was an ARC…so…maybe it’s not totally like that in the finished copy. I think I was more confused because the first 3 books feature different main characters. I’m hoping that the 5th book still features Emma and Jonah because their story isn’t finished yet. There’s still a lot of questions unanswered and a lot that needs to be revealed.
Overall, I adored this book. I wish I could give it like 20 stars. I haven’t been this into a story in a really long time. Like, I would get emotionally upset whenever I had to set this book down. And when I finally did finish, I felt like crying. Like I said above, Cinda Williams Chima is one of my FAVORITE authors. I love her. I’d kidnap her and have her write 24/7 for me if I could get away with it. And maybe if it wasn’t so creepy. lol. I loved it. I can’t wait till the next one! So…what are you waiting for!? Go get all the copies of this series and devour it! And don’t forget to read Cinda’s Seven Realms series, as well!
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Rating: [rating: 5]