Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Review - Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, #1) by Amélie Wen Zhao

Title: Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, #1)
Author: Amélie Wen Zhao
Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Release Date: 21st November 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:
In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls. 

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

My Review:
*I receiced an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperVoyager and NetGalley*

Anastacya 'Ana' Mikhailov is the crown princess of the Cyrilian Empire. Ana hasn't left the palace for several years, because of her ability to control blood. In the Cyrilian Empire, people with gifts, or Affinities, like Ana are feared and forced to work. No one can know about Ana's ability.

Then the emperor, Ana's father, is murdered and Ana is framed. Fleeing the castle, Ana vows to bring the real murderer to justice and to clear her name.

Ana finds herself allying with Ramson Quicktongue, a criminal who is on his own quest for revenge.

Ana and Ramson make a deal, but can Ana trust the con man?

Will Ana catch the man she saw poisoning her father that fateful night?

I have to admit that going into this book I was expecting it to be just like every other YA fantasy I've read the past few years. However, it did end up surprising me.

Ana was a likeable and relatable protagonist. It was interesting to read her thoughts on her power. She didn't shy away from using it when she had to (and didn't have to), which was quite refreshing.

I really liked May and Linn, and Ramson was quite likeable, but I felt like I'd seen several characters like him before.

The setting was interesting and I would like to see/find out more about the other countries that were mentioned.

The plot was good overall, but I did find my attention drifting a couple of times. There were a few plot twists that I didn't see coming, so I was left guessing as to what would happen next.

The writing style was easy to follow and understand.

I haven't decided if I will continue with the series, but this was a solid first book.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.


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