This urban fantasy series makes a promising start with The Warrior Heir. In it we follow Jack Swift, a teenage boy who is thrust head first into a world of magic when his aunt visits his small town and enlists his help finding a family heirloom. He soon learns that the magical world is a dangerous place and must learn to survive.
While a little bit slow in the very beginning as a lot of fantasy stories are, The Warrior Heir ended up seriously impressing. Cinda Williams Chima creates a world that is amazing and complex, yet so beautifully and articulately presented that the reader is easily able to understand what is happening. The plotline leaves nothing to be desired with a full story arc within the novel in addition to the set up for the rest of the series. The combat scenes are action-packed, the politics are cutthroat and fascinating, and the magic system is unique and interesting without being overly complicated. I was able to predict the twist toward the climax of the book, but it was still dramatic enough to highly entertain. I gave this novel 4.5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an action-packed fantasy read.