Review – Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews

Book Title: Blood Heir

Book Description: “From award-winning author, Ilona Andrews, an all-new novel set in the New York Times #1 bestselling Kate Daniels World and featuring Julie Lennart-Olsen, Kate and Curran's ward. 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.”

Book Author: Ilona Andrews

Book Format: Paperback

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Date published: January 12, 2021

Number Of Pages: 375

  • Writing - 10/10
  • Development - 10/10
  • Overall - 10/10


Blood Heir brings fans back to the beloved world of Kate Daniels, as the beginning of an all-new series: Aurelia Ryder #1.

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Blood Heir: The Legend Lives On

Did you love the series Kate Daniels? Then you’re really going to want to hear that Ilona Andrews is about to transport us back there. Blood Heir is the first of the Aurelia Ryder series. Set eight years after the conclusion of Kate’s tale, it is every bit the continuation that fans wanted and deserved.

Ilona Andrews - Blood HeirJulie Lennart, aka Aurelia Ryder, has changed in many ways over the course of those eight years. She left soon after the final battle, and now her friends and family would never recognize her. No, literally. Magic can do strange things to a person’s body, such as give them a new face. Yet, that will be an advantage to Aurelia, as she must enter her home city unrecognized, or risk having everyone she’s ever loved meeting a horrible end.


It’ll come as no surprise to the fans out there that Blood Heir is an impressive and compelling read. If you loved the original world and characters, then you have nothing to fear, for all of that has once again been captured here.

Honestly, I was blown away by how much I loved this novel. And I went into it expecting to fall in love. The world and characters have changed so much, and yet that strong foundation is still there. The framework, the magical systems, the interactions. It’s all there. If anything, it feels like the intensity has gone up a few notches.

Blood Heir is a novel full of lots of surprises. It’s always interesting to see how a time jump affects a series/world. I was impressed by how Ilona Andrews (aka Ilona and Andrew Gordon) handled it here. While many characters have grown up, had children, and the works, none of it feels offhand. Every detail and change felt intentional and carries the chance to change the world as we know it.

This is an intelligent and sassy piece of work. Aurelia/Julie has grown so much, and while she’s been hurt a lot, she hasn’t given up. The romantic subplot certainly didn’t hurt the tension any, and overall this book left me desperate to see what happens next.


Blood Heir is arguably one of the most fluid novels I’ve read in quite some time. Everything seemed to flow so naturally from one scene to the next. There was a constant sense of tension in the air—thanks to the many plots and developments that the main character was dealing with.

It’s also a novel with plenty of nuances. I’ll confess that I loved this book so much, that I’ve already read it four times (don’t judge). However, I’m bringing it up now, because it felt like each time I read it, I picked up on something new.

This means that each read through sent me down a different spiral of thinking and theorizing. Who doesn’t love it when a book does that? Combined with all of the character development happening all over, it makes for one memorable and easy-to-love read.


Blood Heir is without a doubt going to end up as one of my favorite releases from 2021. It feels so good to start the year off by returning to a world that I have loved for so long. And I hope that many other readers feel the same way.

This is a novel that will joyfully welcome back the fans of old, while encouraging new ones to dive on in right beside them.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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