Book Reviews

Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, #1) | Amélie Wen Zhao



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Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, YA

Date Published: 19 November 2019

Format: Paperback

Pages: 446

Date Started: 14 December 2019

Date Finished: 31 December 2019

Goodreads rating: 3.94/5

My rating: 4/5

Source: Times Reads

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Times Reads in exchange for my honest review.


My Thoughts


I was really excited to start this book after all the hoo-hah that went on and the book almost being not circulated piqued my interests further. wish I had the ARC to know what the real issue was. Regardless, kudos to Amélie for not pulling the book off the racks.

I’ll be honest to say that I really struggled to get into the book. The writing was easy and fluid, but the pace was slow. It took me 150+ pages before I could really get into the story.

Despite the struggle, I liked how Amélie built the backdrop of the story. It is clear that she took her time to create her characters and the setting of the story. Regardless, it was a tad difficult to imagine the buildings or the actual setting of the place as she didn’t go much into specifics.


What I Liked

This must be one of the very few books where the main character didn’t make a place for herself in my heart. I really loved the character May so much. She felt so pure and like there was more to her. And Ramson (I couldn’t help but read his name as Ransom), his character was so well built. There was so much effort put into Ramson. Now, I am not saying that there’s no substance to Ana – but let’s just say that Ramson stole her thunder.

loved the magic system in this world, especially in a world where if someone does have an ability they are seen as “less than” rather than ruling and all-powerful. Blood Heir had a deep emphasis on the effects of human trafficking and the devastating consequences that happens to these people. 

I loved the involvement of politics, and the realisation Ana has of how the world really is, the unfair treatment and disparity between who holds the power. A huge chunk of the story is of Ana’s realisation of her sheltered life and learning the corruption in society and how her family, as the ruling members, have influenced this.

“Your Affinity does not define you. What defines you is how you choose to wield it.”

Another thing I liked is how Amelie focused on the theme of how your choices make you, not your predisposition. The topic of human trafficking in a YA setting and the impact it had on characters — I, as a woman found myself connecting with that part of the discussion — and Ana’s strong moral compass.



Ana is not my favourite heroine. Neither did I like her nor did I dislike her. She is so temperamental, a little naïve, confused, lost but also powerful and dangerous.

I hope to see more substance and growth in her character in the upcoming books. I can’t wait to see how will her Affinity grow and come full form.

There were so many unwarranted deaths. I don’t understand the need for Luka’s character was created. It was unnecessary – in a way it didn’t do much to propel the plot further (I could be wrong – this could be the chain reaction to what’s going to happen in Red Tigress).

I can’t wait to see where and how will the story progress in the next books.




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.


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