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Blood Heir (Kate Daniels World) Paperback – January 12, 2021
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- Publisher : Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Inc; Is ed. edition (January 12, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 362 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1641971657
- ISBN-13 : 978-1641971652
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a mission with high stakes as so many of their heroines have to face and Julie does it with style, intelligence, and some really strong one-liners. Underneath it all is her caring heart and her desire to save her family and her city.
It's tremendous fun seeing all the older characters again who have not frozen in place but gone on to other things. The younger characters are caught in some old patterns but the end of this installment provides hope that they can break out of them. Fascinating mythology, thrilling fights, surprise appearances, and Julie's grit kept me turning pages. The main plot is resolved but all the groundwork is laid for a spinoff series, so I hope it does well.
There might be a very slight tinge of fan service here, but I'm a fan and I like to be serviced--so there.
On a final note-the artwork by Luisa Preissler is stunning. I hope to see more book covers and supplemental art by her.
Unfortunately, this book was something of a letdown (the mystery in particular). While it was great to revisit the Kate Daniels world, this felt very paint-by-the-numbers. Notice how Aurelia ends up interacting with the Order, Biohazard, the Mercenary Guild, and the Casino -- while the first two orgs are a natural extension of the mystery plotline and the Guild is a logical place to hire a guard for Marten, the Casino felt entirely added on.
There was a lot of setup for this to (presumably) become a series, with several unanswered questions (Who is Marten's father? What's the deal with Stella never getting sick? What does Sienna mean when she talks about "wronging" Julie? How did Derek change his werewolf characteristics and magical signature and gain healing powers? Etc). It's normal in the first book in a series to set up lots of things that will come into play down the road. But you also need to have some balance, with answers and a payoff to the main storyline of book 1. And that was where Blood Heir was lacking, for me.
I also find myself growing tired of how often the same things are repeated in Andrews's books. How many times does a hero (Innkeeper's Sean, Alessandro in Emerald Blaze, and now Derek here) have to reappear having undergone a significant change off-screen? Sure, it makes plot sense, but it's getting pretty boring to read about again and again.
The reveal that Derek knew that Aurelia was Julie from the beginning -- when you find that out, you should want to go back and re-read every scene with Derek and re-evaluate his actions, look at what he says, etc. Those scenes have to play both ways: when you first read them, you (and Aurelia) could believe that Derek doesn't know. And then when you go back and re-read them, you should see things that you missed before. Those scenes didn't have that, IMHO. And those scenes where they interact should also be filled to the brim with tension, and there was none of that either.
And that last scene with Derek and Julie feel way too flat for me. It was too rushed and there was a ton of dialogue, but no real emotion underpinning it.
Would I purchase another Aurelia Ryder book? Yes. Do I still care about the characters in Kate Daniels's world? Yes. Do I think they deserve better books? Yes.
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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!
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!
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?
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!