Wednesday, March 25

Review: Blood Heir (Blood Heir #1)

Blood Heir (Blood Heir #1)
Amelie Wen Zhao

Published By: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: November 28, 2019
Date Read: February 22, 2020
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Illumicrate
Format: Hardback
Pages: 464

From Goodreads
BLOOD HEIR is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the conman she must trust to clear her name of murder.

Princess Anastacya Mikhailov of Cyrilia has lived her life in safety, hidden behind palace walls. But when she is framed for her father's brutal murder, she must leave behind everything she has ever known to find his killer and prove her innocence. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help her - Ramson Quicktongue. A cunning, silver-tongued crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has his own sinister plans - though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of them all.

"I suppose we are all heroes in our own eyes, and monsters in the eyes of those who are different."

Going in to Blood Heir I didn't really know what to expect. I had seen such a mixture of reviews with some people absolutely loving this book and some really hating on this book. I received this book from my Illumicrate subscription box and I am so, so glad that it was included in their box. Due to the mixed reaction I'd seen on this one it's probably not one I would have picked up and I would have missed out on such a phenomenal book. Blood Heir was absolutely fantastic. It is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year so far.

Blood Heir follows the story of Ana, a runaway princess with a dark power that she must hide. She needs to find the person who killed her father and clear her name so that she can go back home. She must join forces with notorious conman and crime lord. But will it really be that easy for them and can they trust each other enough to survive?

Right from the start of this book I was completely obsessed with this world building and characterisation. Amelie took me by complete surprise with this debut novel of hers as her writing style is addictive and phenomenal. I could not put this book down. Every spare moment that I got I had my head in this book. Her storyline is filled with secrets and mystery and I just couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.

The characters in Blood Heir are probably some of my very favourites. Now this is how you do morally ambiguous characters well. I loved both of the main characters so much even though one was an untrustworthy conman and the other a murderous princess. I loved that they were both good and bad sides to each of them. It made them so multidimensional and Amelie was able to superbly develop these characters and discuss the moral question of what is good and evil. Honestly this entire book was just filled to the brim with fantastic lines and quotable moments. Although it is a fantasy book it really explores real life dilemmas and I absolutely loved it. As I'm reading I always type out and save my favourite quotes. Usually I end up with two or three... this book I ended up with fourteen.

Blood Heir was the biggest surprise of the year for me and for all the right reasons. It was such a stunning and incredible book. It was filled with secrets, surprise, action and intrigue. I loved every single second of it and I cannot wait to get my hands on book two later this year. It's going to be absolutely epic and I will be living for it!

"Only loss can teach us the true worth of things. There is nothing we can do but go on, one day at a time. We live in their memory, taking the breaths they cannot draw again, catching the warmth of the sunlight that they were meant to feel."

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