‘The Enchanter Heir’ is magical for teens seeking the unknown
Teen Read Week begins today, as designated by the Young Adult Library Services Association. This year’s theme is “Seek the Unknown,” and there is no shortage of imaginative new books for teen readers and young adults.
Like Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms epic fantasy series, the Heir books were supposed to be a trilogy, but The Enchanter Heir is here to belie that. The story was supposed to end in 2008 after The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir and The Dragon Heir, all set in the present day among a group of students in a town much like Oberlin, where Weir folk (magically talented) had a haven from their enemies.
But like the Middle Earth-styled Seven Realms, which ran four volumes, the story was too big to contain in a trilogy. Book Four, The Enchanter Heir, begins with a brief prologue set in Brazil, where 7-year-old Jonah Kinlock is one of the few survivors of a slaughter of the community of other magical people who were sickened in a way resembling poisoning. The survivors like Jonah are called “labrats, magical cripples.” The Thorn Hill Massacre leaves Jonah with gifts including uncanny empathy (good, sometimes) and a lethal touch (not).
The other main character is Emma Claire Greenwood, the Memphis-based granddaughter of a luthier and bluesman. When he dies under suspicious circumstances, she flees to Cleveland, to the protection of a man whose name she found in a note her grandfather was clutching.
When Jonah, now 17, and Emma meet, he is conflicted between his job killing shades, souls who latch onto dead bodies, and his instinct to protect her from the sinister Wizard Guild, who think she can provide intel about the Brazilian compound. There’s plenty of violence for a book with a recommended age range that starts at 12, but the themes include the idea that all people have something to contribute and deserve respect.
Now-adult characters from the first three books are in the background here, and it is clear from the unresolved ending that there will be more to come. The Enchanter Heir (512 pages, softcover) costs $18.99 from Hyperion.
Chima will talk about her book from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson. She lives in Chagrin Falls.
‘Deceived’ offers romantic suspense
Deceived by Canton native Julie Anne Lindsey is a romantic suspense novel for young adults about a rootless 17-year-old named Ella Smith, whose widowed father has just enrolled her at a Northeast Ohio private school.
Ella’s recurring nightmares may be fueled by the caffeine pills she washes down with gallons of coffee. When she meets Brian, an enigmatic new senior who seems to have no background, she recognizes him as the hunky guy she and her roommate had met on a road trip. What’s he doing enrolled in her school? Ella finds odd items placed in her locker and her room, strange men looking at her and evidence that she’s being watched. Or is it all in her head?
Emma’s dreams of danger are realized when she finds that nothing in her life is as it seems; even her own identity is in question. But there’s plenty of time to swoon over yummy Brian.
Deceived (320 pages, hardcover) costs $17.99 from Merit Press. Julie Ann Lindsey is an alumna of Kent State University.
Lindsey will appear at the Learned Owl from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday as part of Young Adult Authorpalooza, a feature of Teen Read Week, accompanied by fellow authors Leah Clifford (A Touch Mortal), Scott Tracey (Witch Eyes), Liz Coley (Pretty Girl 13), Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink) and Lisa and Laura Roecker (The Liar Society and This Is W.A.R.)
Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson) — Chief David Oliver of the Brimfield Police Department talks about his Facebook page and his book No Mopes Allowed, 7 p.m. Monday; Cleveland author Kelly Tooman reads from her storybook The Birthday Triplets: Granny Rosie’s Amazing, Magical Day, 1 p.m. Saturday.
Dover Public Library (525 N. Walnut St.) — Columbus author Laura Bickel appears through a Skype session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, discussing her teen and adult urban fantasy books, including The Outside, sequel to The Hallowed Ones. Register at 330-343-6123. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Richard Hasler talks about the benefits of walking and signs Surprises Around the Bend: 50 Adventurous Walkers.
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (3512 Darrow Road, Stow) — Some tickets may remain to hear Chief David Oliver talk about No Mopes Allowed at 7 p.m. Tuesday; free tickets must be picked up in person at the reference desk.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Brecksville branch, 9089 Brecksville Road) — As part of Teen Read Week, Brecksville native Dan Krokos signs his fantasy adventures The Planet Thieves and False Memory, recommended for readers ages 7 and older, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Hudson Library & Historical Society (96 Library St.) — Hudson author Susan Terkel leads the library’s Writers’ Group in a free workshop on How to Overcome Writer’s Block, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Register at 330-653-6658. Terkel’s book The Circumcision Decision was named the winner in the Childcare category of the Books for a Better Life Awards, sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Beachwood branch, 1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland) — Barbara Burgess-Van Aken reads from her translation of Barbara Torelli’s 1587 play Partenia, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Visible Voice (1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland) — Poet Vladimir Swirynsky reads from Poetry: The Tedious Mining of Words, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.
Mac’s Backs (1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights) — San Francisco author Katie Hafner reads from and signs her memoir Mother Daughter Me, 7 p.m. Friday.
First Apostolic Faith Church (790 Easter Ave., Akron) — Local authors Nadine Bates, Dawsolene Burrell, Ralph Carl Cannon, Timothy Clinton, Rema Cole, Samuel L. Hampton Sr., Octavia D. Hardaway, Claudia A. Boyd Johnston and Mamie Toole will sign their work at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20.
Literary tour — Some seats may remain for the Oct. 26 “On the Road” literary tour sponsored by the Ohioana Library. Casey Daniels, author of the Pepper Martin series about a cemetery worker who talks to ghosts, will host a “Lolly the Trolley” tour of Cleveland’s historical cemeteries. $40. Call 614-466-3831.
— Barbara McIntyre
Special to the Beacon Journal
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