The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Think a darker, more mature Harry Potter, with a hero, Seph, who's not quite sure whether he's Harry or Draco Malfoy. He's a spoiled rich orphan who's managed to get himself expelled from every school he's ever been in. (We're talking major property damage here.) In desperation his guardian sends him to a new school, the Havens...which is SO not Hogwarts. But is the headmaster a good guy, or an evil wizard? And is the army he's raising meant to save the world, or destroy it?
Cinda Chima's world is well worked out, with a multiplicity of magic talents who have to work together to defeat enemies. Initially I found Seph an unattractive hero--he starts out a complete spoiled brat--but once he realizes the stakes and gets some friends, you can't stop reading.
And Chima completely surprised me with the identity of the Dragon.
This is the second book in a trilogy; the first is THE WARRIOR HEIR, the third, THE DRAGON HEIR.
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