Review: Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews

Series: Aurelia Ryder #1
Author/s: Ilona Andrews (aka Ilona and Andrew Gordon)
Publisher: NYLA
Released: January 12th, 2021
Received: NetGalley

I received a copy of Blood Heir in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Blood Heir is the first novel in the Aurelia Ryder series, a branching off series from the world of Kate Daniels. That and the fact that it’s written by Ilona Andrews was really all it took to get me all sorts of hyped for this read.

It’s been eight years since Kate’s series ended. Now it’s time for her ward, Julie Lennart, to take the reigns. She left Atlanta shortly after the battle, and has come into power of her own. All thanks to her grandmother, and the power she took from an enemy.

An enemy that is threatening everything that Julie, now known as Aurelia, loves. Aurelia is willing to do anything to protect the people she cares for, and even those she doesn’t know. That’s why she’s found her way back to Atlanta, this time in a disguise (of sorts). For she knows that if certain people recognize her, everything she’s worked for will fall apart, and those she loves most will die.

This is your last chance to stop it. Meet me by Saiman’s grave before sunrise.

I’ve had access to Blood Heir for two days now. In that time, I’ve read it twice, and am seriously contemplating a third reading as well. (EDIT: I caved and read it for a third time over the weekend. No regrets). It has been a hot minute since a book got this under my skin, and yet it’s true. I just can’t get Julie/Aurelia and her journey out of my head.

So it’s safe to say that I adored Blood Heir. Going back to the world (and city) that I’ve come to love so much was a delight, as was seeing the next generation of characters grow up and come into their own.

This novel was a whirlwind, right from the start. Or maybe that’s just how I’m justifying staying up so late in order to finish it all in one go (no regrets – 10/10 would do it again). It sucked me in right from that introduction, and it never let go.

I’m not kidding either – the book hangover is real for Blood Heir guys. Consider yourself warned. It’s worth that torture, trust me, but it will make you eager for any and all news about a continuation (or do what I did, which is dive right back in for a second, and perhaps, third, time around).

As with any novel written by Ilona Andrews, its intelligent, fun, sassy, and knows how to force an emotional investment out of its readers. Especially those die-hard fans that have followed Kate’s series from the start. That is why I can’t recommend Blood Heir enough, and I’m so happy that the release date is getting ever nearer (not that much longer to wait!). I can’t wait to geek out with all of my friends, and pore over theories surrounding Aurelia and the little hints dropped here and there.

Long story short: Blood Heir is amazing. It’s going to gobble up your mind and refuse to let go. The pain from finishing it will be real, but it will also be completely worth it. I promise.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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