Title: Blood of Heirs
Author: Alicia Wanstall-Burke
Published: October 2018
Amount Read: 100%
Rating: 9 out of 10
Blurb: Lidan Tolak is the fiercest of her father’s daughters; more than capable of one day leading her clan. But caught between her warring parents, Lidan’s world begins to unravel when another of her father’s wives falls pregnant. Before she has time to consider the threat of a brother, a bloody swathe is cut through the heart of the clan and Lidan must fight, not only to prove her worth, but simply to survive.
Ranoth Olseta wants nothing more than to be a worthy successor to his father’s throne. When his home is threatened by the aggressive Woaden Empire, Ran becomes his city’s saviour, but powers within him are revealed by the enemy and he is condemned to death. Confused and betrayed, Ran is forced to flee his homeland, vowing to reclaim what he has lost, even if it kills him.
Facing an unknown future, and battling forces both familiar and foreign, can Lidan and Ran overcome the odds threatening to drag them into inescapable darkness?
Thanks for stopping by to check out another review of one of the finalists for SPFBO 5! It is my last finalist review for SPFBO 5 and I do apologize that it came a day later than promised and is a bit shorter than intended. I’ve caught a case of the stomach flu or food poisoning or something that just sucks and makes it really hard to not curl up in a ball and collapse, so that’s why this review is not as in-depth as I wanted. I apologize!
Overall, I LOVED Blood of Heirs. It was just so, so good.
It was just so crisp, so clean, so easy to visualize. *chef’s kiss*
I really got attached to some characters and hated others. I absolutely loved Lidan and felt for Ran. I hated Lidan’s mother (I’m sorry, I just couldn’t). And I just thought they were really fleshed out and well done.
This one I can’t really explain, but just reading this novel gave me such a sense of classical fantasy nostalgia. I’m not sure exactly what made me feel like I just curled up with a book that I’d read from my childhood, but it just had this sense of home, like this book was just written for me. I dunno how to explain it, but I loved it.
Length between POVS
This is completely personal and didn’t really take away from my enjoyment of the novel at all, but I think the length between Lidan’s POV and Ran’s POV could have been shortened just a tad, just so I didn’t forget what was happening in the previous POV when we jump back in (this only happened once and was after I had to take a break from reading for a day to continue emptying the contents of my very soul, so it’s a very minute thing).
In sum, I thought Blood of Heirs has completely earned it’s high praise and I, for one, am completely and utterly STOKED to read the sequel. I *need* it. I rate this book 4 gems out of five, 4 stars on Goodreads and a 9 out of 10 for the purpose of SPFBO.