Booted from one exclusive school to the next since his foster mom's death three years ago, 16-year-old Seph McCauley knows he's different. But he doesn't understand why he can summon menacing ravens, freeze summer ponds, and torch all he touches. And then Seph makes the mistake of trusting his new headmaster. If you like Harry Potter, you'll love Seph McCauley.
©2007 Cinda Williams Chima; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic." (VOYA)
I might recommend it for a teen reader but for my friends who have been lifelong avid readers,no. Certainly not to anyone as an audio book especially if it is the first audio book they've ever listened to. The reader, I feel, was a huge detractor and did factor into my growing annoyance while listening to this book. With another reader I may have enjoyed the story more and not have become critical of the writing style and story line.
The writing was inconsistent,sometimes flowery with descriptions and then suddenly bland and abrupt. The story was predictable and unsophisticated. As my irritation with the reader intensified I noticed elements of the story line not as original as I would have liked, scenarios or themes that perhaps were too similar to those found in a few of my favorite books like Harry Potter (the Wizard theme, absent parents, a 'wizard' school with Slytherin like schoolmates) and then later when Seph learns his mother is Linda (his supposed guardian and an enchantress), who did not tell his father, Lee (a wizard) that they had a child together until years later and only because their child has been kidnapped. It just reminded me too much of the Dresden files book #12 "Changes".
There is only one reader worse then Mr.Ramirez and that's Eileen Stevens. Anyone might have done a better job but we will never know. I can say with certainty that I will be hesitant to purchase any future books read by R. Ramirez.
I recommend the Heir series to anyone interested in a mix of modern story lines with magical elements. Chima's takes the reader into the world of teenage angst with well developed plots and characters- not an easy task!
It is comparable to Brandon Mull's work but geared toward a more mature adolescent audience.
Ramirez does a good job with intonation and brings the characters to life with his reading. He needs to mature his breathing skills as the narration suffers from audible breathing and swallowing - especially during the fight scenes. I started to dread the extra noise and it took a lot away from enjoying some fantastic scenes.
I read adolescent science fiction because I enjoy the genre and to support my teaching practice. This series is an excellent way to teach literature, geography, history and spark the imagination in a secondary setting.
The storyline connected this one to the warrior heir and the events.that resulted in the changes brought about by the events in that book.
Characters were just as lively as.previous.book.
Will continue to.listen to.this.author
I have enjoyed reading several of Chima's books. I am TERRIBLY disappointed by the audible version, however. The reading and the directing are AWFUL. The mouth noises the reader makes (smacking, gulping, etc) suggest an amateur reader and director. The noises are so bad that my son gags and cannot listen. And the heavy breathing into the microphone is terribly distracting. Listen to Hunger Games or Percy Jackson to hear a good reader! I hope future books from this author are NOT read by this reader.
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