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Blood Heir por Ilona Andrews
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Blood Heir (edição 2021)

por Ilona Andrews (Autor)

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Título:Blood Heir
Autores:Ilona Andrews (Autor)
Informação:NYLA (2021), 359 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:Paranormal fantasy, mystery, shapeshifters, magic, monsters, Kate Daniels World, Aurelia Ryder

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Blood Heir por Ilona Andrews

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I loved diving back into the Kate Daniels world and I love that Julie/Aurelia is getting her own story (can't wait for more!), but jumping in medias res to the character's story doesn't work so well when we already know so much of their back story. In the first half of the story, I felt like I'd missed a book, or two or three, but as I kept reading I just got sucked back into the world. ( )
  Bodagirl | Mar 13, 2021 |


'Blood Heir' was a lot of fun and just what I needed to get me out of Lockdown blues. Perhaps this isn't surprising as the first draft of it was written and posted on line in response to a health care workers request to have something / anything from Ilona Andrews to take their mind off the pandemic.

This book had the freshness and excitement of a new start while still being able to build on everything I've learned from the ten Kate Daniels books.

As I read it, I mentally labelled it 'Kate Daniels: The Next Generation but it turned out to be more original than that.

The book has a great opening. We know Julie is returning to Atlanta after eight years. It's what we don't know that kept me turning the pages at first. Why such a long gap? Why is she so different? Why is she doing this in secret?

The eight year gap allows for things to have moved on, for the kids to have gotten older, for things in Atlanta to have gotten worse and for old relationships to have shifted.

Then there's Julie/Aurelia. She's all grown up and is strong and confident. Travelling covertly allows her to come back in contact with people with a clean sheet while still having insight into them.

There are new threats, a mystery to solve, conflicts to resolve, alliances to build. new players to meet, old players who've moved on, especially the younger ones. Every chapter felt like it was offering me something to go 'Oooh, that's good!' about.

The storytelling tone is confident. The pace is quick but not hurried. Knowledge of the Kate Daniels books gives the story some extra flavours but this would still be a strong book if you came to it cold.

Like lots of people I know, I've been finding the Lockdown has made it harder to relax into a book. 'Blood Heir' was one of those rare books that made depression recede every time I opened it. It made me smile. It kept me curious. It was exciting and fresh. Best of all, it was filled with a quiet hopefulness. The Atlanta Aurelia Ryder rides into is broken and it can't be fixed. It's a place where bad things happen to good people. And yet, there are people who will always do what they can to make things better, even if they have to use a blade to do it.
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  MikeFinnFiction | Feb 23, 2021 |
This spinoff from the Kate Daniels series stars Julie Lennart-Olsen. She left Atlanta eight years earlier to find out who she was and to heal from the events surrounding Kate's death. Since then she has learned a lot, grew and changed. Her adventures changed her beyond recognition. She's chosen a new name and is now Aurelia Ryder. She's also acquired an invincible enemy who wants Kate dead.

A prophecy calls her back to Atlanta where things have deteriorated in the past eight years. The various factions are near to splintering the city and carving out their own fiefdoms. She needs to maneuver her way through the factions while keeping her identity secret. She needs to find out who killed a minister named Nathan Haywood and why. But letting her family know she's in Atlanta will cause the prophecy to come true and lead to Kate's death.

There was so much about this story that I liked. I like the way Julie has grown up. I like her determination and her compassion. The way she interacted with the street kids around Pastor Haywood's church was evidence of her deep concern for kids who, like her, were out on the streets. I liked her strength as she dealt with the various factions including the Order and the mercenaries.

I liked seeing some of the other characters from the Kate Daniels series including Ascanio and Julie's crush Derek. I liked seeing how her brother Conlan is growing up. I liked the worldbuilding which combined so many ancient myths and cultures into an intriguing and cohesive world. There was a lot of action in the story as Aurelia investigates and keeps meeting representatives of the great evil she needs to defeat.

Fans of the Kate Daniels series will enjoy this spinoff. I know I did. ( )
  kmartin802 | Feb 13, 2021 |
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Eight years ago Julie Olsen left Atlanta in order to figure out who she wants to be and where she feels she belongs, to figure out her magic.

Now, she’s back, with new power, a new face, and a new name: Aurelia Ryder. All this helps with the reason she’s returned which revolves around thwarting a prophecy that would mean Kate’s death if it’s allowed to come to fruition. As we all know, the future’s path is malleable, but if Julie interacts with Kate, the prophecy is guaranteed to happen.

However, trying remain low-key will prove difficult as she’s pulled into investigating the murder of a beloved Priest. Things are further complicated when Julie comes face to face with Derek Gaunt, her onetime childhood crush, who also left Atlanta a couple years after Julie, except no one knew where he went – he didn’t come looking for her that’s for sure.

Julie has more pressing matters than dealing with a blast from her past, but seeing that Derek has entangled himself in the same mystery, they just might have to put their animosity aside and work together.

So, truth, the early serialization of this book on Ilona Andrews’ website really got me through the early waves of the pandemic when me trying to sit down and read most anything felt more like a chore than escape. While this finished copy is not exactly the same as what was started all those months ago, I’m still brought back to that, much-needed, feeling from the first time I started reading through the Kate Daniels series years and years ago.

I loved every minute I spent reading Blood Heir and it’s certainly a book I wish I could go back and read for the first time again.

I think the nostalgia factor fits well into the overall story where we have Julie coming back to Atlanta. Seeing as how she was raised, and heavily influenced by, Kate it makes complete sense that she would carry herself in a similar fashion. I loved the subtle differences in the way Julie embraces her power, the fact that she actively seeks out her grandmother (Erra) and grandfather (Roland) as her mentors.

Of course there is no way I can go through a review without mentioning Julie and Derek. Longtime fans of the series will know this for the slow-burn it’s meant to be. Despite having waited through so many books at this point, I really do appreciate Ilona Andrews’ taking their time to build these characters up as individuals first. Seriously, though, each scene they have together simply sparks. A whole book of them bantering back and forth would have been sufficient for me! Honestly, though, I liked seeing how they’ve grown, yet still remain true to the characters we’ve known from the beginning. Since the book is from Julie’s point of view, Derek still has this slight air of mystery about him that I’d love to see explored in future books (fingers crossed!).

The only nitpicky thing I have is the mystery got a little too tangled for me in places. I’d have to stop periodically and reconnect the dots about who what looking for whom and why. It does help that the story is full of exposition. If you haven’t done a re-read of the OG series in a while you won’t be lost, but it’s also very welcoming for new readers.

Overall, I loved getting back into this world. Seeing what favorite characters are up to, seeing that next generation come to the forefront. It’s a wonderful, natural progression for a series I hold very near and dear. ( )
  AmyM3317 | Jan 20, 2021 |
I loved the book. It is perhaps not Ilona Andrews best work, but it is warm, positive, and written in response to clamoring fans who want to know more about Julie Olsen, Kate's adopted daughter. For greatest enjoyment, it is recommended that you read the Kate Daniels series since this book picks up many of the strings from those books. Many well-loved characters are mentioned, and there is a lively discussion of the eagle's name on the Ilona Andrews blog. It is a book calculated to harrow your feelings and then leave you feeling that the world does have its moments of happy goodness. ( )
  JoBass | Jan 14, 2021 |
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