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Cinda Williams Chima

Biography

Cinda Williams Chima

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima grew up with talking animals and kick-butt Barbies. She began writing poetry and stories in third grade, and novels in junior high school. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes THE WARRIOR HEIR (2006), THE WIZARD HEIR (2007), and THE DRAGON HEIR (2008), all from Hyperion, with two more books forthcoming.

Chima’s best-selling YA high fantasy Seven Realms series launched with THE DEMON KING (2009), followed by THE EXILED QUEEN (September, 2010) and THE GRAY WOLF THRONE (August, 2011.) THE CRIMSON CROWN is scheduled for fall, 2012.

Chima’s books have received starred reviews in Kirkus and VOYA, among others. They have been named Booksense and Indie Next picks, an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, to the Kirkus Best YA list, and the VOYA Editors’ Choice, Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and Perfect Tens lists. Her books also appear on numerous state awards lists. Both series are New York Times bestsellers.

Chima was a recipient of the 2008 Lit Award for Fiction from the Cleveland Lit and was named a Cleveland Magazine Interesting Person 2009. She lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.

Cinda Williams Chima

Books by Cinda Williams Chima

by Cinda Williams Chima - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

Alyssa would do anything to protect her home, the Fells and her legacy. But as a prisoner of Empress Celestine, Lyss is forced to turn her fearsome talents as an army commander against her beloved homeland. Refusal would swiftly lead to her death, and her death would end the Gray Wolf line. In Lyss’s absence, Fellsmarch Castle swarms with intrigue, deception and a primordial threat. Destin Karn, a southern spymaster with a hidden agenda of his own, might be the queendom’s only hope of defeating the forces aligned against the Seven Realms...as well as the enemies within the castle.

by Cinda Williams Chima - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move wind, waves and weather, but his magical abilities can’t protect him forever from the brutal Empress Celestine. As Celestine’s relentless bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom that an invasion is imminent. Meanwhile, the queen’s formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress’s ship, sailing east. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress from within her own tightly controlled stronghold.

by Cinda Williams Chima - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 14+

Alyssa ana’Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, feels more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, Lyss goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne. Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon is being sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death.

by Cinda Williams Chima - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
Ash is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic --- and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it? Abandoned at birth, Jenna was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
by Cinda Williams Chima - Fantasy, Young Adult 12+

Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find a way to clear their names as the prime suspects in a series of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them. 

by Cinda Williams Chima - Fantasy, Fiction

At seventeen, Jonah Kinlock has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a network that hunts the undead. Emma Greenwood 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.  

by Cinda Williams Chima - Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult 13+

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed --- Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible. Tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch and surrounding kingdoms seek to prey on the Fells' inner turmoil. Raisa hops to unite her people against a common enemy, yet that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love.

by Cinda Williams Chima - Fantasy, Young Adult 12+

In this third installment of the Seven Realms series, readers experience spectacular entertainment as they consider many possibilities behind the intriguing mystery at the core of the story. An enthralling enigma surrounds a formidable magician and his distant ancestor, an ex-streetlord who has fallen in love with a princess heir.

by Cinda Williams Chima - Fantasy

Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent years getting kicked out of one private school after another. And it's not his attitude that’s the problem. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained --- and his powers are escalating out of control. Seph is sent to the Havens, which promises to train Seph in magic. But Seph's enthusiasm for the new school dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost...