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Blood of Heirs

(The Coraidic Sagas #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Lidan Tolak is the fiercest of her fathers daughters; more than capable of one day leading her clan. But caught between her warring parents, Lidans world begins to unravel when another of her fathers 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 ...more
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Published October 27th 2018 by Alicia Wanstall-Burke
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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

Emotionally gripping and enthralling, Blood of Heirs will leave a mark on character-driven fantasy fans.

I have rejected a lot of ARC and review requests (Sorry authors and thank you for the understanding) over the past three months due to my commitment to thin my TBR pile. I knew literally nothing about this book when the author approached me; there wasnt even any reviews or cover art yet. Regardless, my gut told me to
Mark Lawrence
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a finalist in the 5th Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, having beaten 290 other novels for one of the 10 finalists spots!

Read more about the SPFBO here:

It's also by a long time Facebook chum of mine.

I can put all that aside though and say with honesty that it's a really good read. The story starts off with a somewhat generic feel, following a duke's son in a medievalesque setting and the daughter of a clan leader (I'm never entirely sure if he
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Blood of Heirs is a fantastic display of character-driven fantasy that will have you feeling every ounce of pain, relief, joy and terror that the POVs endure.

Four more cups of strong drink finally muffled the cries and erased the images dancing bloody steps across his mind. They would return again tomorrow, but for now, the numb ignorance of drink gave him peace.

Alicia Wanstall-Burke has carved out a sublime debut within Blood of Heirs, Book 1 of The Coraidic Sagas and it completely took me by
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2019
* I read this as a judge for the #SPFBO *

I have to say I knew early on from when I started this that I was going to enjoy it as it was easily a page turner and I connected straight away with the story. It's not the kind of book which is super new or unique, but what it does it does well and I enjoyed seeing the character development, magic and lay of the land in this.

We follow two main PoVs.
- Ran - a young man in a war-torn environment trying to learn to take on a leadership role. The story he
TS Chan
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
An impressive debut by Alicia Wanstall-Burke, Blood of Heirs marks a promising start to an exciting new fantasy series.

This is a well-written, highly character-driven narrative that follows two main characters, both heirs to the ruling power of their own people. Lidan Tolak is the first-born daughter of the clan chief and the heir apparent, unless of course, a brother comes along into the patriarchal society she belongs to. Prince Ranoth Olseta is the only son of the Duke of Orthia. Although he
Nick Borrelli
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are certain books that you just know within the first 25 pages are going to be simply amazing. I could tell right away just from Alicia Wanstall-Burke's writing style that I was going to enjoy BLOOD OF HEIRS. Then I was introduced to two incredibly special characters, both with their own unique story line and I was absolutely hooked. The action in BLOOD OF HEIRS, the first book of The Coraidic Sagas, mainly takes place in two countries. Hummel is the first, where Lidan is heir to be chief ...more
Blood of Heirs was an amazing read. Its the kind of book you can easily get consumed with and forget to put down. I would know, I finished it within 10 hours and I could probably spend a fair bit of time raving about it. It has some amazing moments: I laughed, I cheered, I cried, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Blood of Heirs follows two main characters: Ran, the son of a Duke who goes from failed commander to hero to outcast in the space of a day because he accidentally acquired some magical
For my full review see Grimdark Magazine or Adrian's review.

Blood of Heirs is an ambitious and promising debut novel by Australian author, Alicia Wanstall-Burke. I wasn't as amazed by it as others seem to be, but it's definitely worth your time. This is mainly because this book felt like a building up for the next book, the first leg of a really long journey. Enjoyable, but I couldnt help but ask, Are we there yet? While getting to know the characters is importantand I really cant say this book
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In her debut, Alicia Wanstall-Burke forgoes creating epic conflicts and sprawling wars fought to defeat a dark lord and instead focuses on two young characters, their immediate family, and the social structures they live in. Despite the relatively small scope, Wanstall-Burke creates an exceptional emotional impact through her powerful characters and manages to capture the readers imagination from the very first chapter...

Full review is up at Three Crows Magazine.
Graham Austin-King
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Full review to come but for now I'll say this.

Dark, stunningly well written, the best debut I've read in years.
Will.J.R. Gwynne
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I read Blood of Heirs as a judge for the SPFBO competition. This was my 3rd and final read for it.

Blood of Heirs is a character driven story that is great across the board. Lovely prose, great plot, brilliant characters. The world was crafted excellently, subtly making it more and more vivid and interesting as the story developed. There is no aspect of this that was not a joy to read! It really surprised me how enveloped and immersed I became in this book, to the extent that I was reading for
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Blood of Heirs follows the parallel tales of Lidan Tolak and Ranoth Olseta, two teenagers whose lives dont go as planned. 

Lidan, the eldest of her fathers ten daughters, should become an heir. The only problem - she lives in a patriarchal society that disregards women. Lidans father wants a son, and one of his wives may finally fulfil his wish. Lidans mother is a maniac willing to do whatever she has to to preserve her daughters position. 

Ranoth wants to impress his father, the duke, but
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
When loyalty to your family, community, and your own interests are at odds, every choice you make might not ever feel like the right choice. This predicament often rings true in positions of power. If you are an heir born to a family of import such as the ruling family of a tribe or the royal family of a kingdom, you are groomed for a leadership role since the moment of birth. Commitment to your community and upholding your familys bloodline takes immediate precedence in your life, and your ...more
Anna Stephens
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel, which is brilliantly imagined and depicted. The worldbuilding is easy but detailed - no infodumps here - with varied terrain, peoples and customs adding layers of complexity to the plot and narrative.
Lidan and Ranoth are both likeable heroes, a little naive, but both eager only to do the right thing - not that that works out for them, of course!
Separated by a vast mountain range and cultural differences that seem just as great, they are both cast into peril for
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was actually recommended this by an author I really enjoy and saw some positive reviews on Goodreads for it as well. I was pretty stoked about this book even though I knew nothing about it, haha.

This is a book with dueling POVs, both of which are younger characters. Lidan is a 12 year old girl whos the First Daughter of a clan chief known as the Daari. Shes one of 9 girls in the family she is technically the heir until her father has a son. Her father has four wives, but her mother is the
The Nerd Book Review
2.5. Blood of Heirs is a well written debut novel that was very entertaining by the end but that didnt really capture my attention until somewhere around halfway through. Old me would have stopped reading by that point though.
I also felt like the book was lacking a bit in depth and I would have liked more world building early on. I wasnt sure for a long while if we were dealing with a secondary world or a post apocalyptic world.
The book has 2 POV characters.
The first is a girl named Lidan.
Michael Fletcher
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this first book and am looking forward to the sequel, LEGACY OF GOATS! Muahaha! Anyway. Good book, very well-written.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Blood of Heirs was definitely my favorite book of our SPFBO batch! It has a good, balanced pace, is well written and takes place in an original world. We get to see two completely different parts of the world created and the words simply painted it to my minds eye.
The two main characters are interesting, and both felt complete, but I must say I liked Lidan best. In my favorite scene of the book she gets to show just how badass she is (has become).
It didnt feel like a self-published book with its
Kitvaria Sarene
I really loved this one! It started with a bang for my personal tastes - a female archer running. When running and archery are my hobbies!
After that it felt a bit stereotype at first and I was wary of it would be "just one like the others".

But the farther I got in the better it got. The world and characters grow and more and more things start to get added. This worked really well, as it gave me time to settle in a familiar world and then only bit by bit adding new stuff.

I really enjoyed the
Stephen Mitchell
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great debut novel, it had everything you could want. Good characters, mystery, suspense, emotional impact. Yes i shed a tear reading this book. It had an easy style to it that made it a joy to read. And most importantly it makes you want to read the next book. Which i shall do in due time.
wanderer (Para)
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Blood of Heirs was a very pleasant surprise. I needed a quick read, something that wouldnt take me weeks to finish and boy has this book delivered.

He was no different to the rabbit, no different to any game animal pursued through the woods, whether for sustenance or pleasure. He was as hunted as that rabbit, and hed turned his power on it, despite his already superior strength. What might he do if his pursuer cornered him the way
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo-5, 2020

This one is hard to summarize as its quite character heavy- we spend a lot of time getting to know our leads and building their place in this world. There are hints of a bigger over-reaching plot in the background that doesnt really start to come into play until towards the end, but when it does, its with a bang, guaranteeing you will want to come back for the next book.

There are two main characters; at this point their stories are completely separate, only connected through their dealing with
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here we have two stories running parallel to one anotherthe story of Lidan, a young girl trying to gain recognition so as to be appointed her fathers official heir, and Ranoth, a young prince trying to live up to his fathers expectations as heir. Their stories are quite different, they live in different countries with vastly different cultures, and yet they have some things in common that they are dealing with. Mainly proving themselves to their parents in some way. Theres also a mysterious ...more
Noor Al-Shanti
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
I picked up Blood of Heirs when it was on promo because it's an SPFBO5 finalist. My first attempt to read it was unsuccessful as I found myself bored with the character Lidan. I then tried again a few weeks later and it took me a while to get invested, but the story eventually picked up and moved at a fast pace, especially when the second character Ran showed up! There's a lot to like about this book including interesting hints of magic and a building threat of some creepy monsters. There were ...more
Stephen Richter
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I suffered separation pangs when I was forced to stop reading this amazing tale to sleep or work. Nice to have one of your favorite books of the year 2020 happen in the month of January. Two young protagonist spin a tale of living in a world thinking there is one future for them, than have it all go wrong. Young Lidan lives in a tribal Horse culture, her future as the heir to the Clan in question as her Father's fourth wife is pregnant. Prince Ranoth has just lost a battle to the advancing ...more
Phil Parker
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well told story in a high fantasy saga of deformed creatures, magic and war. Its characters, both major and minor, are exceptionally well developed, they're engaging and human.
The story is told from two perspectives, Lidan, a 12 year old girl in a tribe of Viking/Cossack style people where women have few rights. But her father is the chief, she is his heir and a tension surrounds this set-up. Ranoth is a prince to his father's Dukedom which is at war with another nation. Ranoth's magic is
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-read
I was given an ARC of this debut book by the author: Alicia Wanstall-Burke. I had not heard much about this Australian author or her upcoming self-published book, but I decided to shuffle my TBR so I could read it in time for its October 27, 2018 release date, and I am so glad I did. Blood of Heirs is the first book in The Coraidic Sagas. The book is very character-driven with a predominantly dark tone.

Our story follows two main characters. Lidian Tolak, at the age of twelve, is the heir of her
A.M. Justice
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spfbo, spfbo5
4.5 of 5 stars

A gripping character-driven dark fantasy about two young people trying to find their place in the world. The opening chapters appear a bit pedestrian, "standard issue" fantasy, but very soon the story takes some unexpected turns. Characters experience real jeopardy and real heartbreak that will keep you turning pages. I rarely pick up sequels right away, but I did with this book.
T.O. Munro
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blood of Heirs is a very good book, an accomplished debut that can confidently rub shoulders with a slew of recent works of fantasy fiction both traditionally published and self-published.

The people

The story has two parallel threads following the eponymous heirs of the title. We meet Lidan first, thirteen-years old eldest daughter to Erlon Tolak Daari of the Tolak clan and in the absence of any brothers the Daaris heir. And then there is Ranoth Olseta son and heir to Duke Ronart of Orthia.

Lisa Cassidy
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
An awesome fantasy read!

This is a great fantasy novel. Killer world building - the distinction and colour between Ran's world and Lidan's is really well done. I'm also keen to learn more about the magic system and how it all works in the next book. The standout character for me was Lidan, she's young but so tough and resourceful. I also really enjoyed the powerplay dynamic between her parents. Cant wait to dive into book 2!
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Living in Central Queensland, Australia, surrounded by coal mines, snakes, marsupials and a wide blue sky, Alicia is a writer, a mum and a cat-herder. There are rumours she may in fact be a quokka in disguise, but these are not to be believed.
She began writing in her teens and never grew out of the phase, working in her spare time until the birth of her son allowed her to focus on writing full

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