RELEASE DATE: November 21st 2019
AUTHOR: Amélie Wen Zhao
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
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.
“Your Affinity does not define you. What defines you is how you choose to wield it.”
Blood Heir is Amelie Wen Zhao’s debut novel. It’s the first book in the trilogy. After the unnecessary “racist” controversy, I’m so glad it was finally published, but I’m really curious about the original draft without the edits. Anyways, for a debut I think this was a great start. It was a dark Anastasia Romanov retelling. I really enjoyed the story, the writing, and the characters. The author had done an impressive job with this unique retelling.
Anastacya Mikhailov is the crown princess of the Cyrilian Empire, where affinites like her are feared and reviled. Ana has the rare dangerous ability to control people’s blood, and unfortunately she can’t control her power. After a deadly massacre in her childhood, she lived her entire life hidden behind the palace walls and was forbidden to go outside. When Ana’s father, the emperor was murdered by poisoning, she becomes the first suspect. Framed as his murderer, she flees from the palace before she was executed. In order to prove her innocence, Ana needs to find the murderer which can only be possible with the help of Ramson Quicktongue, A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld who’s currently a prisoner in the dungeons. After making a deal, together they embark on a journey to find the killer, and their search leads to shocking secrets and conspiracy.
I loved Anastacya’s character. She’s strong yet vulnerable girl who didn’t have a pleasant childhood. I really felt bad with the way she was hidden from the outside world like Rapunzel. Ana and her older brother are very close. He’s the only person in her family who cared about her and always encouraged her to be strong despite what others thinks. I really admired their sibling relationship even though we were only shown brief glimpses. On the other hand, we have Ramson Quicktongue, a crime lord with a dark past. He was very mysterious and I love that he wasn’t a perfect hero. If you like Morally gray characters then you’ll like both Ana and Ramson. The romance was pretty much a slow burn. It’s not the central focus, but it’s satisfying enough, and I’ll look forward to know how it progresses further. The secondary characters were okay, but I didn’t give much attention to them.
The plot was interesting and engaging throughout. The concept was very unique. I didn’t find any racist thing in it. There’s some “bloody” violence in this book which can be disturbing to some readers, but for myself I really loved it. The pace was perfect. I loved the author’s writing style, it was beautiful. I’m glad that it was written in dual POV’s. The world building was nicely done, and I hope we get to explore more of this world in the next book. The blood magic was great. Even though it’s not something new to me, I still enjoyed it.
Overall, I loved this book! It was a good start to a new YA fantasy series, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book. I hope it’s even better than this one.
If you like Dark Anastasia retellings, and morally gray characters!
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