Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Series: 2nd (The Warrior Heir)
Published: June 10th 2008 by Disney-Hyperion
Description: 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. 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 mysterious agenda.
I Give This ...
Another series that I dropped after the first book without meaning too. I like the world that the author has created. But, library books have taken and even further back than books on my shelf. But, I discovered this series available as audio downloads from the library and I thought that might be the perfect fit!
Seph was interesting to learn about. An orpahn who has no control over his powers. He doesn't even fully understand them or what he can do. As he gets older, the incidents are harder to control and keep under wraps. It's no wonder that he ends up at the Havens. Leicester knows just how to handle wayward boys. But, Seph proves to be different in every way possible. He wants to learn how to control his magic, but he's not willing to sell his soul to do so. It's a good thing too, because Leicester is not what he seems to be.
But, Seph isn't destined to stay at the Havens for long. A women named Linda comes to his rescue. Through her, he learns little by little who he really is and what he can do. But, Leicester discovers this as well and will do anything to get his hands on Seph again. Not only is Seph a powerful wizard in his own right, but he also has powerful connections to the mysterious person known only as the "Dragon." As Seph learns more about the powerful world that he has been secluded from, he must choose a side. Because war is coming no matter what they try to do to prevent it.
I truly enjoyed how this story built up. Seph often seemed uncontrollable, but he just lacked the proper training. And it was really hard for him to adjust when all of a sudden he was surrounded by people who actually cared about him. He was so use to not answering to anybody. I also really enjoyed how characters already introduced in the first book come to play in this one. It makes me truly intrigued by how this story might play out.
I also really enjoyed our romantic interests. Maddy Moss was just the sort of offbeat character to match Seph's intensity. I also loved learning more about her. I think her life is way more complicated that we believe. I also really enjoyed the intensity between Linda and Hastings. You can almost feel it rolling off of them when they are together.
I've already dove into listening too the next book in the series. I've waited to long as it is!