They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre – the brutal attack on a once thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors, Jonah has unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a network that hunts the undead.
Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, an unschooled wild child raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. Her life changes forever the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life – and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.
Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Nightshade, bringing tensions between the groups to a head.
Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid increasing concern that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.
I found some new friends while I was home, too. I believe The Dragon Heir was supposed to be the last book in The Heir Chronicles, but fans kept begging her for more, so Cinda Williams Chima decided to write two more books. I have to say, I’m glad she did.
The books may be based on magic, but Chima weaves in elements of realistic fiction like the master she is. Each may start with a new set of characters, but she always brings back the old ones eventually.
The only problem I have with this book is I had to get towards the end to get a clear picture of the plot. It would’ve been somewhat easier to follow if those details were up front. Even so, this book was awesome. Chima doesn’t disappoint.