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 possesses 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, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until 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.
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by Cinda Williams Chima
by Gary Soto
"Robert Ramirez captures the listenerÕs attention immediately, recounting the events (and the aftermath 10 years later) of a massacre that killed all the adults and many children in the Thorn Hill community in Brazil. In this addition to the Heir Chronicles, 17-year-old Jonah, a member of the Nightshade network, becomes concerned when someone begins murdering members of the Wizard Guild. RamirezÕs performance offers an intriguing look at the backstory of Jonah, the surviving children, and their magical gifts. He creates a credible world in which Jonah and Emma , a lovely young woman, search for the truth hidden in their past. Ramirez keeps listeners engaged with his youthful voice, his spot-on pacing, and his ability to convey JonahÕs sense of longing and confusion. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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