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The dragon heir

First edition.
New York : Hyperion, [2008]
Physical Description:
viii, 499 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
bk. 3
General Note:
"An imprint of Disney Book Group."
In the conclusion to the Heir trilogy, all of Trinity is preparing for attack. Jason finds a stone of power--the Dragonheart, and Madison finds she is leaking dark powers after a magical injury. Seph, Jack and Ellen, and Anaweir Will and Fitch are all doing their parts. How will this battle end?
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades 5-8 5 19 Quiz 124846 English fiction.


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On Order



The covenant that was meant to keep the wizard wars at bay has been stolen, and Trinity must prepare for attack. Everyone is doing their part - Seph is monitoring the Weirwalls; Jack and Ellen are training their ghostly army; even Anaweir Will and Fitch are setting booby traps around the town's perimeter. But to Jason Haley, it seems like everyone wants to keep him out of the action. He may not be the most powerful wizard in Trinity, but he's prepared to fight for his friends. When Jason finds a powerful talisman - a huge opal called the Dragonheart - buried in a cave, his role takes on new importance. The stone seems to sing to Jason's very soul - showing him that he is meant for more than anyone guessed. Trinity's guardians take the stone away after they realize that it may be a weapon powerful enough to save them all. Without any significant power of his own, and now without the stone, what can Jason possibly do to help the people he cares about - and to prove his mettle? Madison Moss can feel the beating heart of the opal, too. The desire for it surges through her, drawing her to it. But Maddie has other things besides the Dragonheart on her mind. She has a secret. Ever since absorbing the magical blow that was meant to kill Seph, she's been leaking dark powers. Although Maddie herself is immune to magic, what would her friends think if they knew what kind of evil lay within her? Trinity's enemies are as enthusiastic about her powers as she is frightened. They think they can use her to get to the Dragonheart - and they'll use anyone Maddie cares about to make her steal the stone for them. Moral compasses spin out of control as a final battle storms through what was once a sanctuary for the gifted. With so much to lose, what will Jason and Maddie be willing to fight for - and what will they sacrifice? Every man is for himself in this thrilling conclusion to the Heir trilogy.

Author Notes

Cinda Williams Chima was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1952. She received a BA in philosophy from the University of Akron in 1975 and a master's degree in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a freelance contributor to numerous local and regional publications focusing on health-related topics and was an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Akron. She writes the Heir Chronicles and the Seven Realms series. Her title The Enchanter Heir made The New York Times Best Seller List and her title Stitching Snow made The Young New Adult Titles List. Flamecaster, book 1 in Chima's Shattered Realms Series, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Centuries of wizardly scheming, slavery and slaughter reap apocalyptic fallout in this final volume of Chima's trilogy. As the wizard Houses lay siege, magical refugees flock to the sanctuary of sleepy Trinity, Ohio, where adolescent wizards and warriors assume most of the burden of protecting the town, torn between the savage world of magic and the demands of school and family. Smuggling the immensely powerful Dragonheart talisman into Trinity triggers a cascade of heroism, intrigue, courage, deception, sacrifice and betrayal, as six increasingly desperate teenagers seek to master it before everything they love is destroyed. Heroes and villains alike are swayed by achingly human motivations into disastrous choices with devastating consequences. The graphic violence and the shifting narrative push this into YA territory, but it is anchored there by the agonizing withdrawal of adult support and the overwhelming sense that these young people are abruptly forced to take responsibility for a world they had no hand in creating. The resolution is--like the end of childhood itself--tentatively hopeful, if not triumphant. A superlative accomplishment. (Fantasy. YA) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.