Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, #1) by Amélie Wen Zhao , #18 review

Publication date: 19 November 2019

This hot debut is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to clear her name for her father’s murder.

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

I also had my doubts about starting a new series because Ash Princess and Everless was great! But their follow up book was a let down sooooooo, Blood Heir is a read that I picked up thanks to the generous @times.reads for sending me a copy. I planned to read this series when the 2nd book came out so I could scout for reviews on it. Welp, look at that. I’m one of those reviewers now. Haha.

Moving on…

Ana, our protagonist was once the Crown Princess of Cyrilia, after bring framed for her father’s murder, she was sentenced to death but she managed to escape. Anastacya Mikhailow, who lives the life of a Princess in the safety of the walls of her castle, is an Affinite. A Blood Affinites. Because of her powers, her family chose to love only the non-Affinite part of her. They disregard the Affinite part of her to experiments on how to get rid of Affinite because in an empire where the non-Affinates are the “normal” and the Affinites are “dangerous”, they can’t very well have an Affinite sitting on the throne now can they?

Since her escape, she tried to find ways of proving her innocent so she could take her rightful place on the throne. One failed attempt after another led her to break into the very dungeon that tortured her just to get criminal who fancies himself quite handsome and arrogant too – Ramson Quicktongue. With the help of this cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, they try to set the wrong to right but when you’re working with a crime lord… things don’t always turn out the way you plan it to be.

“You can achieve everything in this world, but if it’s for someone else, it’s pointless. Live for yourself.”

Outside, the palace walls, Ana finds that the world isn’t as black and white as she thought it would be. She sees that Affinates are being treated as slaves, they are disregarded as humans, just a tool or an object to further improve their economy. Horrified by this discovery, Ana tries to find the shades of grey in between.


I FIND THAT THERE IS A LOT OF UNNECESSARY DEATH IN THIS BOOK. Sure, they act as a catalyst but… I still find that it was unneeded because from the plots in the book, Ana will eventually grow from her experiences and mature into the Princess that the empire needs. As for Ana herself, I find that she is quite gullible and dumb in terms of the underworld, which was due to her Princess upbringing character. Thank goodness she had the sense to follow Ramson’s instructions and listen to his guidance or else she would be dead. As for the plot, I did not overthink it too much while reading the book. Some stuff I predicted did come to pass, others took me by surprise. The little twists in they were delightfully clever. Ana and Ramson’s relationship is yet to be properly determined, it was a slow burn romance. I like how throughout the whole book and to the end, their one aim was their personal goals.

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

Overall, not bad. I look forward to reading the next book. This world reminds me of the Grishaverse. If you like it, you could give this book a try. Have a nice day ❤

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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