Title: The Electric Heir
Author: Victoria Lee
Publication Date: March 17 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.
Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.
Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.
This is the sequel to The Fever King which was released last year. I reviewed that book when it came out and you can read my review here. I really enjoyed the first book and I did enjoy the sequel as well. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book.
I do want to say that this book does deal with some difficult topics, such as rape and child abuse. Please read at your own discretion.
The first character I want to talk about is Noam. He wasn’t my favorite in this book. He makes a lot of decisions that while I understand them; I can’t help but disagree with them and I feel like it just drew me away from him. He goes through a lot in this book and it’s sometimes hard to read about. Lee does a great job of writing those difficult scenes.
The other main character is Dara and I love him so much. His scenes were so powerful and raw. I just felt so connected to him and wanted everything to be okay just for him. I like that he got his own chapters in this book and I think it was a great way to show more of his character.
I love Lee’s writing so much. I think they did a great job with the dual POV. I really enjoyed it even though normally I don’t like multiple points of view in my books. The writing is just so great and I enjoyed it a lot.
I didn’t enjoy the story as much in this book and I don’t really know why. I think it had to do mostly with the fact that I didn’t really like Noam’s POV that much combined with I just don’t think this genre is really for me. I didn’t really like the politics of the book and while the magic system is really cool I don’t think I completely understood it and that made my brain hurt. I just didn’t vibe with the plot as much in this book.
I think this is a really beautiful book that a lot of time, effort and thought went into. It’s well written and has such a unique storyline. The way it handles abuse and survivors is done really well. I just don’t think this book was for me and that’s why I didn’t like it as much as the first one. I felt very disconnected from the characters and the story. I do enjoy Lee’s writing though and I can’t wait to see what they come out with next.