Title: Blood Heir
Author: Amélie Wen Zhao
Publication Date: November 19 2019
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.
So I’m sure you heard about the controversy surrounding this book that happened earlier. If you haven’t here’s an article that you can read to understand what happened. Basically Zhao initially pulled her book from being published in June due to backlash she received from people reading her book early. However, she decided to go ahead and publish the book anyway and now that it’s been published I haven’t heard anyone say anything about the book whatsoever.
I enjoyed this book. I’m glad that Zhao eventually decided to go ahead and published it even though she had so many people saying she shouldn’t. I think it’s an enjoyable book and I’m interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
Ana is a badass babe and I really enjoyed reading about her. She goes through a lot in this book and it made me empathize with her a lot. I think her growth and realization of the truth of her empire was refreshing to read about. She’s an interesting character and I’m excited to see how else she’ll grow in the later books.
This is just a side note but every time I heard Ramson’s name in the audiobook I thought they were saying Ransom so I kept thinking that was his name. I now know that’s not case lol.
Listening to the audiobook was a wonderful experience. I really liked the narrator and I think they did a great job reading from the multiple different perspectives. I liked Zhao’s writing. I found it easy to follow along with and it wasn’t flowery which is something I don’t really like.
The story of this book is intense and I think a lot of people will be able to identify with parts of it. I personally can’t see why people got upset over the events of the plot but I also may not have read the same book they did. I think that what happened in this book has happened in other books as well and I don’t see anyone calling out those authors.
Ana’s struggle to not be the demon everyone thought she was is probably my favorite part of the book. I also really liked how the romance is super subtle. I was rooting for them and every time there was a sweet moment I got happy. I’m excited for this to be explored more in the second book.
I think overall this is a solid beginning to a new series that I can see myself really enjoying. I can’t wait to see how Zhao adds twists and turns to the rest of the series. I’m really excited for the next book and I hope that the year passes by soon so I can read it. I do recommend this book and I think if you were interested in reading it before the controversy you should still read it. I hope you do end up giving it a chance.