Cinda Williams Chima

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Cinda Williams Chima, YA Fantasy Author

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima grew up with talking animals and kick-ass Barbies. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), The Dragon Heir (2008), The Enchanter Heir (2013) and The Sorcerer Heir (2014) all from Hyperion.

Chima’s YA high fantasy Seven Realms series (Hyperion) launched with The Demon King (2009), followed by The Exiled Queen (2010) The Gray Wolf Throne (2011) and The Crimson Crown 2012.)  Her latest series, The Shattered Realms (HarperTeen,) is set in the world of the Seven Realms, and includes Flamecaster, Shadowcaster, Stormcaster, and Deathcaster.

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 lists, and the VOYA Editors’ Choice, Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and Perfect Tens lists. They appear on numerous state reading lists and have won the South Carolina and Ohio Teen Book Awards. Translation rights have been sold in numerous countries overseas.

Chima believes in the magic of books. They took her from first grade failure to first generation college graduate to college professor to best-selling author. She often addresses writing questions and concerns on her website and blogs. Visit her at or her blog at She’s on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @cindachima .