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Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews
Series: Aurelia Ryder #1
Published by Self-Published on January 12, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publicity team
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Atlanta was always a dangerous city. Now, as waves of magic and technology compete for supremacy, it’s a place caught in a slow apocalypse, where monsters spawn among the crumbling skyscrapers and supernatural factions struggle for power and survival.
Eight years ago, Julie Lennart left Atlanta to find out who she was. Now she’s back with a new face, a new magic, and a new name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit.
If Aurelia’s true identity is discovered, those closest to her will die. So her plan is simple: get in, solve the murders, prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, and get out without being recognized. She expected danger, but she never anticipated that the only man she'd ever loved could threaten everything.
One small misstep could lead to disaster. But for Aurelia, facing disaster is easy; it’s relationships that are hard.
I pre-ordered Blood Heir on July 17, 2020. I was ecstatic to get an ARC to review it because Ilona Andrews is my favorite author. (Added – I did not read Robin’s review until I had written mine) The Aurelia Ryder series is a spin-off from the Kate Daniels series, almost a decade into the future. Julie has become Aurelia Ryder and is visiting Atlanta for the first time since she left.
I loved learning what happened to Julie after she left Atlanta. I didn’t really consider it before, but we find out what happened to her when Kate “died.” They shared a blood connection so she felt that loss. It seems appropriate for her to become close with “Uncle Hugh” since he lost his tie to Roland and felt something similar. She’s also spent a lot of time with Erra developing her skills. She has many abilities.
I enjoyed everything from learning about Julie’s growth and changes to seeing many beloved characters again. I was happy to see Conlan and Christopher. But of course, Derek is a real surprise. What has happened to him now? It’s no surprise Ascanio is still an ass. Nicholas Feldman has undergone some changes too. The mysterious dealer of artifacts was not exactly unespected.
The “case” revolves around an artifact. Everyone who encounters the artifact is brutally murdered. Aurelia, with her new talents, and old knowledge of Atlanta is well-equipped to figure out what is happening. She also knows about the elder god, Moloch, who has been building power, whose first target is Kate. She has been fighting him for four years already. Her information comes from a childhood friend, Sienna, who is a witch and Oracle.
I highly recommend this book, but I do think you will enjoy it more reading Kate Daniels series first. It may be 10+ books to read but Kate Daniels is an amazing read! Plus it’s all available and you can binge! I had to actually WAIT for some of the books. There is so much world and character development you would miss without it . The other key is the subtle jokes and humor based in knowing the characters so well.
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