Cinda Williams Chima made her debut as an author with the young adult fantasy, The Warrior Heir, followed by The Wizard Heir and the Dragon Heir. She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her English teacher. Cinda is a graduate of the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons. Visit her on the web at www.cindachima.com.
Gr 7 Up-The concluding volume (2008) in Cinda Williams Chima's trilogy that includes The Warrior Heir (2006) and The Wizard Heir (2007, all Hyperion) is a fast-paced fantasy set in today's world about a brewing war between good and evil forces. The legendary Dragonheart, a magnificent opal pulsing with enormous power, has been stolen by a teen wizard who hopes to use its power to fight against the evil that is threatening their sanctuary. The story involves many complex characters and an elaborate guild structure among the wizards. The dual story line features a struggle between the White Roses and the Red Roses and the teen's current real-life conflicts. There is enough back story presented that listeners do not have to be familiar with the previous two titles. Robert Ramirez's narration is enjoyable, except for some overly long pregnant pauses and a dreadful Southern accent for one character. This fast-paced novel will complete the trilogy for libraries that have the first two titles in their collections-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Public Library System, Cartersville, GA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.