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Blood of Heirs (The Coraidic Sagas Book 1) Kindle Edition
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How far would you go into the darkness to reclaim what you have lost?
Lidan Tolak is the fiercest of her father’s daughters; more than capable of one day leading her clan. But caught between her warring parents, Lidan’s world begins to unravel when another of her father’s wives falls pregnant. Before she has time to consider the threat of a brother, a bloody swathe is cut through the heart of the clan and Lidan must fight, not only to prove her worth, but simply to survive.
Ranoth Olseta wants nothing more than to be a worthy successor to his father’s throne. When his home is attacked by the aggressive Woaden Empire, Ran becomes his city’s saviour, but powers within him are revealed and he is condemned to death. Confused and betrayed, Ran is forced to flee his homeland, vowing to reclaim what he has lost, even if it kills him.Facing an unknown future, and battling forces both familiar and foreign, can Lidan and Ran overcome the odds threatening to drag them into inescapable darkness?
Blood of Heirs is the first book of The Coraidic Sagas, a complete dark, epic fantasy trilogy set against early Bronze Age tribal conflict, Iron Age military conquest and the Australian bush. Perfect for fans of Robin Hobb, Devin Madson and Mark Lawrence.
"...solid writing, real characters that you'll end up rooting for, excitement, moments of genuine pathos, and a young girl getting stabby - very likely to please." - Mark Lawrence, author of The Broken Empire, The Red Queen's War, and The Book of the Ancestor trilogies
"Wanstall-Burke is one of the best fantasy authors writing today, hands down." - Dyrk Ashton, best selling author of The Paternus Trilogy
"A brilliantly imagined and vividly realised novel." - Anna Stephens, author of The Godblind Trilogy.
"A remarkably accomplished debut. Fast pacing, dynamic plotting and a convincing world of tribal conflict and dark magic." - Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim series.
“One of the finest debut novels I’ve ever read. A stunning, annihilating, all conquering assault on the grand bastion of epic fantasy.” - John Birmingham, best selling author of Weapons of Choice, The End of Days trilogy and The Cruel Stars trilogy.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07JN26KK8
- Publisher : Alicia Wanstall-Burke; 2 edition (23 October 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 2053 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,731 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Blood of Heirs follows two main characters: Ran, the son of a Duke who goes from failed commander to hero to outcast in the space of a day because he accidentally acquired some magical powers. Whoops. The other main character, Lidan, is the daughter and heir to a clan chief. As her father has no sons, she’s in a position where she might be the first ever female clan chief and is constantly pushing to be taught how to be a ranger and how to fight.
Both Ran and Lidan face interesting challenges as they upset the mold for how the heirs of their respective societies should be. Ran’s story is mostly a survival quest and we follow him as he tries to escape the noose that his sorcery has brought upon him. Meanwhile, Lidan faces challenges in her clan. Her mother is determined for her to be the heir, she’s the eldest daughter, but that might all change if one of the chief’s other wives births a son. Lidan must prove that she has what it takes to be the first female leader the clan has ever seen. Both characters are really compelling, and you can’t help but cheer them on.
Another great thing in Blood of Heirs is the worldbuilding. Both MCs are in different parts of the world, with different social structures, and different levels of development. Ran’s duchy is quite advanced: it’s medieval era, with swords, siege weapons, and much more. Meanwhile, Lidan’s clan is the only one to have progressed beyond stone weapons, and even then they’ve only just been discovered and are fairly rare. What I really love about this is that the author shows that different areas of the world have different levels of technological advancement, something which I rarely see in my fantasy novels.
Overall, I really loved Blood of Heirs and am excited for all my friends to read it and for the sequels. Would highly recommend it to people who enjoy:
As with any good story ‘The Blood of Heirs’ leaves the reader with as many questions as it answers, and I can’t wait to read more. Bring on book two!
Alas, we have so much more to talk about! The main characters are about what you'd expect from a good, solid opening novel, but the grimdark elements and obvious research that's been put into these characters and their environs turns it up to 100.
We've got Lidan, a perfect picture of a girl fighting tooth-and-nail for her place in a man's world, and who I absolutely cannot wait to see more of. Then there's Ran, who has absolutely no bloody idea what he's doing (but trying his best), an interesting start to what I feel will be a fantastic character. Then you throw in some terrifying monsters who are the sole reason I'll probably never go bushwalking again and some seriously A+ battle scenes, and you've got the perfect story.
All in all, Blood of Heirs is a fierce debut by Aussie author Alicia Wanstall-Burke, and I'm already counting down to the next one.
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Ranoth (Ran) Olseta is heir to the Dukedom of Orthia and is fighting on the front line against the Woaden Empire. Ran finds himself alone in the wilderness battling the elements as he tries to evade the people hunting him down.
The character work here really is great – Lidan in particular follows a path of character development in the book, whereas Ran’s plot is a bit more story driven. The change in both characters though, as they face and look to overcome the various challenges thrown into their paths, is very well handled.
Coraidin is an intriguing world with a depth of history subtly peeking through the pages as you read. It’s interesting to see the two different settings of our storylines both feeling the tendrils of the same challenges, so you know there’s a proximity between the two even if the characters don’t yet cross paths.
The overall writing, including both character- and action-driven scenes is of a high quality and although I found myself wanting more from this book, I really like the direction it heads in and look forward to reading book 2, Legacy of Ghosts. Book 3, Empire of Shadows, is out on January 25th 2022, so there’s no better time to pick up this series.
Blood of Heirs
This book was a finalist in SPFBO—which means it must be pretty awesome, right? It has been highly acclaimed by literally everyone, I’ve had my eye on it a while since I met Alicia at the books launch in Bristol, and perhaps more importantly, to me at least, the author is my new editor (and she is working hard to polish up A Ritual of Flesh for me too.) So, I thought it was high time I gave it a read, especially as I discovered it featured cool undead creatures, and if your reading this you probably know well that I love (and write) cool undead monsters—I couldn’t resist.
Blood of Heirs follows the story of two young characters in opposite ends of the world. The first POV character, Lidan, is the daughter of a chief. She lives in a village called Hummel in the South Lands, which can best be described as almost an Australian outback type setting. The people of the southlands are still using stone weapons and tools, and metal is a rarity. This was whole setting is quite cool, the author hails from Australia and has adeptly used the inspiration of her homeland to weave a fresh, and unique fantasy setting which I had not come across before. Lidan wrestles with the desire to train and ride alongside her people or to follow the wishes of her mother to rise as the heir of her clan. Lidan’s story is a powerful one, full of emotion and peril.
The second POV character is Ranoth, the son of the duke who rules the northern realm of Orthia. We are introduced to his story as he finds himself on the losing side of a battle after begging his father for his first command. He loses vital ground and returns in disgrace only to witnesses his army quickly overrun by the enemy. During his flight from the battle to return to the capital and raise the alarm, he has a dark and troubling encounter which unlocks something terrifying within him and leaves him haunted by the ghost of a young woman. Events transpire to find him running from not just everything he knew while he struggles for survival, but also a terrible hidden power and the ghosts of the past.
Now, earlier I mentioned cool undead creatures, and I wasn’t disappointed—there are in fact cool undead monsters—Awesome!!! I can’t reveal too much but they are super cool and grisly and terrifying and Wanstall-Burke has used them very effectively in both story arcs. The tension the create is palpable and I look forward to reading more in the sequel as I’m sure they will be an important feature in the series. Wanstall-Burke’s writing is superb, the book is fast paced with not a dull moment. It has left me intrigued and wanting more so I will be reading the sequel Legacy of Ghosts as soon as possible. I would very much recommend any fan of fantasy check this out.
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