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  • So much to love!

    I loved this book! I have to admit that when I found out that the Kate Daniels series would end with the tenth book, I was heartbroken. These were characters that I loved and a world that I enjoyed visiting (even if it is dangerous most of the time) and I just did not want to see it end. This book brought me back to that world that I love so much. We get to see some familiar characters in this story but it is from a fresh, new perspective. This book was everything that I had hoped it would be and more. Julie left Atlanta eight years ago but she's back and she is a whole new person. Julie is now known as Aurelia Ryder and is not recognizable to anyone who knew her as Kate and Curran's ward. She needs to keep her identity a secret and will go to great lengths to do so. Aurelia has acquired a lot of power and skill during the eight years she was gone while training with her grandmother. She is back in Atlanta to try to stop a prophecy that leaves her adopted mother dead. She will do whatever it takes to protect those she cares about. There have been a string of murders that seems to be tied to the prophecy and Aurelia is in town to get to the bottom of things. Of course, things can never be easy and she runs into one challenge after another as she works to solve the case. It quickly becomes apparent that the culprit will present quite a challenge. As she works to make progress on the case, she is also trying to protect her identity while constantly running into a certain wolf from her past. I loved the characters in this book. I thought that I knew Julie but she has grown so much over the years, she really was a new person. She is loyal to her family, highly competent, intelligent, and able to think several steps ahead at all times. She is not the only one who has changed over the years and some of the other character's transformations are just as dramatic. Some characters have grown up, literally. It was so much fun to see the younger characters, including Conlan, play a larger role and to hear about some of the trouble that they have caused over the years. This book was very well written. It had all of the excitement and action that I have come to expect from this writing pair. I thought that the action scenes were perfectly balanced with the scenes that were more character-driven. The mystery was complex and kept me guessing and there were some pretty big surprises. Huge surprises! I loved how imaginative and unique some of the scenes were. The banter between the characters was entertaining and helped to keep the story from getting too serious. I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a book that was next to impossible to put down once I picked it up and I found it enormously entertaining from beginning to end. I cannot wait to read more of Aurelia Ryder's adventures. I received a digital review copy of this book from NYLA via NetGalley.

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  • I hope they make a series of this…

    I don't read much urban or contemporary fantasy, but I've somehow gotten hooked on pretty much all of the books written by author duo Ilona Andrews. So, I was quite happy to receive an advance review copy of their latest book, Blood Heir, which will make its debut on January 12, 2021. Blood Heir is the first in a spin-off series based on the authors’ popular Kate Daniels books, but featuring Kate's daughter/ward Julie as the protagonist. It’s a wonderful romp, with occasional moments of seriousness. For followers of the Kate Daniels series, it is great to be back in Atlanta, several years later, and see glimpses of what has been going on in the meantime. The "new" Julie, now known as Aurelia Ryder, has honed not just her magic skills, but also her sense of snark, resulting in a plentiful supply of memorable one-liners - enough that I wasn’t able to read this around anyone else for fear of laughing out loud. It is also quite entertaining to see how some of the kids from the Kate Daniels era are growing up. And there are some gruesome new magical creatures and a truly nasty villain to shudder about. At the same time, though, this engaging blend of sharp wit, insane fights, and lots of well-researched mythology is augmented by some societal musings, for lack of a better word. The post-shift world can be quite harsh at times, and offers occasional uncomfortable parallels to today’s (real) society. A few somber discussions scattered throughout the book, especially about how Julie’s approach to things is diverging from Kate’s, add some heft to Blood Heir, and keep it from being just another adventure story. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how some of these themes develop in later books. Having read a partial serialization on IA’s website this past summer, I was pretty sure I was going to love Blood Heir, and I did. I don’t give five-star ratings easily, but this book gets one from me. Just about my only issue with Blood Heir is that it comes to what is at best an intermediate conclusion, and there are several hooks left open for an ongoing story arc. Readers, including me, are going to want more books in the series – and my fingers are crossed that we won’t have to wait too long. Note: although I think it’s not necessary to have read the Kate Daniels series to enjoy Blood Heir, readers who haven’t may want to skip to the end, and read one or both of the “Ryder Extras” appended there, which don’t contain spoilers, and may provide some useful background, especially the first one. And finally, my thanks to Independent Publishers Group/NYLA and NetGalley for the advance review copy!

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  • Great offspring to the Kate Daniels series.

    I will read anything that Ilona Andrews writes if she (they) published their grocery list, I would probably read it (because it will be more than just a list). In a way, I miss the old Julie, but Aurelia isn't all that different (other than physically) from Julie. Even if you aren't familiar with the Kate Daniels world, there is enough descriptions of it that this book can bring you up to speed (but it would likely be more enjoyable if you have read the Kate Daniels novels). The "Extras" at the end are interesting; they probably could have gone just as well at the beginning as a prologue. I know from reading the authors' website that they originally weren't sure if this was going to be a stand-alone or the start of a series. This makes the end of the book interesting because it wasn't entirely conclusive. (Don't worry, the authors have said that there will be more stories).

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  • Blood Heir

    I have waited for this book for years and it did not disappoint. I will now be waiting for the next one.

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  • Must read

    Amazing book . Cant wait to read what happens next. Julie is worthy succesor and fantastic heroine who kicks butt!

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