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- Publisher : Nancy Yost Literary Agency, INC; Is ed. edition (12 January 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 362 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1641971657
- ISBN-13 : 978-1641971652
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.91 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 22,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Andrews has created a complex plot and convincing characters that will keep the pages turning."
-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on On the Edge"
"Imaginative and high-octane...Another creative, thrilling paranormal romance from the masterful Andrews."
-- "Kirkus (starred review) for Sapphire Flames"
"The stakes are high throughout, the action is tight, and the romance steamy."
-- "Booklist (starred review) on Burn for Me" --This text refers to the audio CD edition.
''Andrews serves up a refreshing new magical society, excellent world-building, beguiling characters, and strong storytelling...Romantic sparks and a tangled mystery make this a lively, impressive series debut.'' --Publishers Weekly, on BURN FOR ME
"Ilona Andrews's books are guaranteed good reads."--Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"One of the brightest voices in urban fantasy...Ilona Andrews delivers only the best."--Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author
"Andrews's edgy series stands apart."-Library Journal
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Blood Heir continues the story of Atlanta, trapped between technology and magic, which began with the first Kate Daniels book. This most recent book is set in the same world, but from the perspective of Kate’s daughter Julie.
The richness and detail of the Andrews dystopian world-building anchor their fantasy elements. It is easy to suspend belief and accept werewolves and razor-feathered birds and ancient magic, because the everyday details of a crumbling city seem so real.
The Andrews excel at character development; even minor characters are alive and individual. This book, set 8 years on from the last Kate Daniels book does the difficult (but successful) job, of showing characters, familiar as teenagers. grown into their formidable adult selves.
I hope Blood Heir is the first of a series, but even if not, it is a satisfying read, full of epic battles, snarky jokes and clever and complex plotting.
First of all, I am SO HAPPY we got Julie's continued story at all. I remember not too long ago (2019) Ilona Andrews wrote a blog-post answering the question of whether or not they'd ever expand the 'Kate Daniels' universe to tell Julie's story (and by extension, Derek's - since it was understood that they were, or would be, HEA end-goals). Well. Their answer kinda broke my heart, because they went on to detail the fact that they get Julie hate-mail. No joke, the post is still up: https://ilona-andrews.com/2019/braining-is-hard/
And I quote: "Long story short, we get Julie hatemail. Half want bad things to happen to Julie. They literally hate her and want her to die. The other variation of the hatemail is, “I am just not interested in Julie as a character and I don’t think she could carry a book.” Right, because despite writing 12 books set in this world, all of which succeeded in being entertaining, we will lose all of ability to tell a compelling story just because Julie is the main character."
So first of all - Julie and Derek (and yeah, Ascanio) are three of my *favourite* characters. I am actually overall very partial to any and all spin-offs within the Kate Daniels universe (I loved Andrea and Raphael in Gunmetal Magic and also loved Jim and Dali in Magic Dreams and OMG, I hope we get to see the four of them in future spin-off minor appearances). I do not understand people who are morally opposed to more spin-offs, let alone one that focuses on one of THE MOST FASCINATING female characters within a multi-layered and wonderful universe. Which Julie *is*. We've seen her at her most frightened, saved and beloved by Kate, I am already a total trope-fiend for anything unrequited love AND enemies-to-lovers so the *slight* triangle we get between Julie, Derek and Ascanio has always delighted me (even as I am Team Derek, all the way and especially because he has tortured hero coming out his ears.) But basically, I thought a Julie spin-off would be a slam-dunk guarantee after the end of KD.
And actually - there's a beautiful note in the acknowledgements of 'Blood Heir' where Ilona Andrews basically says they decided to write this story (originally presented in installments on the blog, before they fully committed to an indie-print run) where they explain that they wrote it for a reader of theirs who is an ICU-nurse, and said reading them during her breaks at the height of the pandemic was the one thing bringing her a semblance of sanity. *tears*
In many ways we only got Julie's story when we did, because of the absolute trash-fire year 2020 turned into. And no, that's not a worthwhile bargain ... but it has become a small delight that I am certainly holding close to my chest and am thankful for, as a fan.
And 'Blood Heir' is bloody delightful.
I don't want to overly spoil anything for anyone - save to say, Ilona Andrews have come up with an ingenious work-around that keeps Julie away from her family core for the most part (Kate and Curran mainly), raises the stakes, and lets us see the young woman she has become while away from Atlanta.
There's lots of reward to this work-around, high-stakes plotting that has Julie needing to sneak into Atlanta with a new face, body, and persona as Aurelia Ryder ... interact with beloved characters who don't know she's Julie Olsen, and yes - eventually - she does interact with Ascanio and Derek too.
The Derek interactions have a bittersweetness to them. Part of it is Julie's childhood longing and full-fledged romantic love for him that was never returned, the mystery of where he disappeared to not long after she left Atlanta. And the mystery of who they've both become while away from each other.
I will say, part of the plot about Julie changing her entire appearance bugged me when it comes to Derek .... because Julie is, by all measurements, royally beautiful now. She's taken from Kate's blood-line so looks as otherworldly stunning as Kate and her family. And that's sad, to me. But to Ilona Andrew's credit, it's sad for Julie too. Derek and Ascanio both definitely seem to respond to her new radiance, and that gives her a twinge of sadness - for who she was as pixie-faced and sweet Julie, and there's but a *hint* of the inadequacy she felt as that orphan girl who Kate adopted and Roland mentored, despite for a time - not being blood. I like that Ilona Andrews didn't just make Julie magically stunning and have all these bros falling at her feet and she's delighted. She's actually quite hurt by Derek's seeming interest in this face - and the Julie she was is jealous that he's so moved by a new body and look. I am keen for Ilona Andrews to keep feeling this issue out, because it adds layers to Derek and Julie's past - and also their future.
And there will be a future. 'Blood Heir' ends on about 3 cliffhangers, I'd say - and they're *good ones* too. It's evident that maybe 2 of them will be short-term goals reached, but there's an over-arching 'Big Bad' that will - it has been confirmed - take up the topic of at least two more books in the series (confirmed after Ilona Andrews revealed they've landed on Bestseller lists for ebooks and paperback; which is extraordinary considering 'Blood Heir' is a self-published title).
Ilona Andrews is one of my favourite author/s - hands down - their books make me happy, and 'Kate Daniels' was a phenomenal favourite series I was happy-sad to read come to a satisfying finale. But, I wanted Julie and Derek's story *so badly* and by no means is it a worthwhile trade-off (Julie spin-off and all we had to endure was a wee pandemic ... NO.) but after 2020 I am grateful for what Ilona Andrews gave to fans during a spectacularly awful time. Maybe, just maybe, those who so despised Julie can better understand the hardening of a young woman during trying times ... and come to 'Blood Heir' and the 'Aurelia Ryder' series with slightly more opened hearts and minds. But even if they're still morally opposed to Julie being a complex character (egads! The horror!) I know they'll be happy to strap in for what is a truly compelling ride anyway!
Julie (as Aurelia) is back in Atlanta and she's now 26 years old. Other beloved characters of the Kate Daniels series are also mentioned or are part of this story. Fans will enjoy this, don't read it if you haven't read the series.
The ending felt flat to me and the writing was not as solid as the other books in the Kate Daniels series. But the vivid city, the unique magic, the action, the dangerous and powerful characters (old and new), the overall plot though - that was all fantastic. No one does urban fantasy like these authors. The sense of nostalgia reading about Unicorn Lane, the Warren, Kate, Erra, Derek, Hugh, Luther, Ghastek and many more people and places - that was pure joy to me. Its like being invited to a party that you never thought would happen and suddenly all your favourite people turned up.
I'm a big fan of Julie and Derek so I loved this new book. I haven't read the 10th (and last) Kate Daniels book but I think I will get it now. Not because I needed it to enjoy this book, but I think it will be fun going back to that world again. Then I'll re-read 'Magic Stars' when Julie and Derek were teenagers, before reading this book again.
To the authors - please keep these books coming!
I loved every bit of Blood Heir, and it's on my re-read list.
Top reviews from other countries
I really hope we get a sequel and then a sequel to that and then a sequel to that etc. I have been on team Derek and Julie for about 12 years, but this book is so much more than just about that.
The return to post-apocalyptic Atlanta whilst the real-life apocalypse seems to be starting outside my flat is actually a balm on my anxiety. I was instantly transported through the portal (Team Andrews does that so well!) and amongst friends.
It has parallels with KD just enough to feel nostalgic and it has deviations enough to be exciting. The new characters are a joy, the old friends cameos are an ecstasy. Julie's relationship with Kate is a tear jerker for anyone who may have lost people this year.
5 SUNS, not 5 Stars!
If you haven't read Kate Daniels yet then you could still read this because of the excellent descriptions and explainations of post-magic-apocolypse Atlanta woven throughout but it is rather spoilery and really, you should just read the whole series because it's excellent! I think I am going to read it again, for the 6th? time, who's counting?
The scars of childhood are still there as they are for Derek Gaunt who used to be her sidekick before she left Atlanta. Ilona Andrews writes their vulnerabilities as beautifully as they write their strengths. To get a sense of their former relationship, I urge you to read Magic Stars too which is written from Derek's view point, something I hope to see more of in the sequel. A plea to IA for the next book in the series. One of the many things I like about this book is that Julie and Derek are their own people and have not been written as carbon copies of the adults that shaped their young lives. There is still a lot of healing to go through for these two characters so they can finally manage the wounds of their respective childhoods. More, please more...
This book has all the in depth descriptions, detailed research and fight choreography we have come to expect from IA. Happy reading! Happy Book Birthday!
Blood Heir is Book one of a new series set in the Kate Daniels universe, a Urban fantasy set in a post apocalypse America where Magic is returning in waves known as shifts and Technology is slowly dying as old myths and legends return and new ones rise. Blood Heir follows Auralie Ryder formerly Julie Olsen the adopted daughter of Kate Daniels the Main Character of the original series.
The Kate Daniels series mixed action with slow burn romance and this continues with blood Heir with maybe a bit more emphasis in Blood Heir on Auralie potential relationship woes then there was in the first book of the Kate Daniels series there are valid in story reasons for this that are hard to explain without spoiling that said the primary emphasis is still on the plot and world building with the standout being the characters make no mistake this is imaginative and well written UF first and foremost something for which I don’t think the authors get enough credit for. Blood heir is a worthy continuation of the Kate Daniels series it features a lot of characters and old favourites from the original series but also has some new stand outs in Marten and Namtaur I think it does a good enough job of drawing the reader in and providing information without info dumping that it can be enjoyed as a standalone.
Like the original series Blood heir doesn’t reinvent the wheel as such the romance and some of the plot is a bit predictable perhaps but it’s well written with some decent tension and avoids some of the worse tropes so no insta love or falling straight into bed the authors like the original series seems to be taking a slow burn approach which gives the story time to breathe, it has a good bit of action and the authors can write a decent action scene, romance is a important aspect but for for people that are looking simply for a decent urban fantasy and aren’t huge romance fans there is a a fantastic secondary cast some snarky one liners and a mythology that takes a lot from more then just the usual European sources there’s a lot to enjoy no matter what you are into. Ilona andrews has become my go to for feel good reads with interesting characters, exciting if a bit predictable plots, real stakes and some grit and darkness but ultimately based around the idea of found family and the idea that anything can be overcome if you stand together and Blood Heir continues that tradition. Indeed my only negative isn’t the books fault just a concern that even though it’s labelled book one and ends on a cliffhanger whether there will be a sequel there has been a few offshoots of the Kate Daniels series that looked to be the start of a series Gun Metal, Grey Wolf, the Hugh series that are still waiting on a sequel however that doesn’t stop me from heartily recommending this book as far the plot..
Eight years after leaving Atlanta Julie Olsen now Auralie Ryder returns with a new identity and a new face. Trying to prevent a dark prophecy she is soon pulled into a mystery surrounding a series of murders while complications from her past makes her mission harder while threatening to pull her into local politics. Home to Witches , Shapeshifters and the Undead Atlanta is unaware of the danger as ancient evil rises with only thing standing between the City, and her family, and annihilation is Auralie Ryder. Presuming her past doesn’t get her killed first.
Next we have Conlan. He's 10 years old, a genius and a magical powerhouse. He's a crazy mix of Curran and Kate and I hope there's another spinoff about him when he's grown up.
Barbaras and Christopher have a daughter?! That daughter is about 14 and she wasn't here 8 years ago. I want to know where she came from, I'm dying to know.
Luther and Nick are just as fun as ever, I'm so glad they're back. I would never have thought Nick would be the family type.
Freaking Saiman is alive! Unbelievable! Always out to save his own skin and make a profit, he hasn't learned a thing.
Ascanio confuses me, I think he would be a terrible Beast Lord, I don't get why he's pushing this. Being Beta to the Boudas is a good fit for him, he needs to stay in his lane..
Derek, oh Derek. He's all weirdly magical now, again, there's a story there and I want it.
Theres lots of little nods to the original series in this book but it also stands so well on its own. I can't wait for more!