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Blood Heir

(Aurelia Ryder #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  11,492 ratings  ·  1,579 reviews
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
ebook, 359 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by NYLA
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Hema You can understand it without reading KD.
BUT this is the story of an important character from KD Series. So if you read this one first there will be …more
You can understand it without reading KD.
BUT this is the story of an important character from KD Series. So if you read this one first there will be spoilers for KD. So I recommend reading Kate Daniels first.

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Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It was everything I wanted.


I never just one-click and buy a book. I always check it out from my library to see if it's one I want to read over and over.


That's how long I have been praying to the urban fantasy gods that these two would give me a book with Julie. Remember Magic Stars?! Because I do! It came out as a novella in 2015 and I've wanted nothing but this ever since. In fact, this may actually be the most highly anticipated book of my l
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
And the moral of this reread is: not sure what it is with bathtubs and post-shift Atlanta, but something super fishy is going on there, if you ask me. This obviously calls for a very in-depth, personal investigation.

That's not exactly the type of, um, investigation I had in mind but yeah, sure. Whatever floats your boat and stuff.

P.S. I still haven't figured out what the whole Shepherd of the Wolves Meets Mint Green Magic Meets Silver Fur Enigma (SotWMMGMMSFE™) is about but I will find out. Oh
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This review is part of the Blood Heir blog tour (#BloodHeirKD). Review first posted on

Julie is returning home to Atlanta after a long eight-year absence. Kate Daniels’ adopted daughter is now twenty-six, and she’s been busy the past eight years: fighting with the Canaanite god Moloch, the Child Eater, stealing one of his eyes for herself after he ripped out one of hers, being remade inside and out by the magical eye, learning about ancient powers and civilizations from her
Aisling Zena
4.5 stars

I was extremely happy to be back in the KD world and enjoyed reading about all the old favourites and making new favourites.(view spoiler) Julie has grown up and we get a bigger insight into her psyche. And we finally got to see Julie/Aurelia and Derek working together, in the same place, since Grey Wolf/Magic Stars! I need more! So much more!

I'm kinda short for words because, as always, IA delivered! The only complain I
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andrews fans
Short version? Kate 2.0. WinKate98. There you go. Move along.

The long version? (Let's be honest--there's always a long version, right?). The long version is that I'm grateful to the Andrews for trying to pull it together during a pandemic and a national political disaster enough to give fans a book. As they wrote on their blog, "We meant for it to be a small bright spot in what is a dark time, and we hope it will do its job and lift your spirits, if only for a little while." So, kudos and thank
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We are getting TWO more books of Aurelia Ryder - 💕
I was hoping for it, but now it's fact!!! Woohoo!!!

UPDATE: Since I already read it a second time in just two month, It deserves 5 STARS,

The feeling of visiting a favorite world is hard to beat!!

This was more than I could have hoped for. A perfect start to a new beginning, because we definitely need more books in this series.

All I say: Julie/Aurelia and Derek are m
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

This review contains spoilers for the Kate Daniels series (HUGE SPOILERS, ENDING KIND OF SPOILERS) so please don’t read it if you haven’t finished reading the 10 books. If you haven’t yet started KD and enjoy Urban Fantasy with a smart kickass female lead, you NEED these books in your life. You don’t need to read Kate Daniels to read this one but you’ll be missing out a lot.

I haven’t followed t
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
So I think we all knew this series was coming haha. But I gotta admit, I'm little disappointed the way that this series decided to break off ....


But I wanna read it because its Julia wait, Aurelia ?!!?

oh sure yup let's just cut the last of those ties with a new face... new name ... new magic wait what?!


Why not just make a whole new character within this world if you aren't going to keep all the things innate to Julie's character we all loved in the first place??

My Review Of Magic Triumphs tou
Robin (Bridge Four)
Originally Posted at Books of My Heart

Blood Heir is the first book of Aurelia Ryder, the spin off series from the hit series, Kate Daniels. I’m a huge Ilona Andrews fan, they are my favorite UF/PNR writers so I may be slightly biased in my review, but I will attempt to keep fangirling to a minimum.

Julie left town at the end of Magic Triumphs to head off into parts unknown. It is now years later, she looks different, smells different and her magic is also a little bit different. She is back i
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This has a very early-Kate-Daniels feel, only this time we already know all the secondary characters and world building. There’s a problem to be solved, there’s side story complications, and there’s a dash of romance. In other words, I loved it. If you adore all things Ilona Andrews and have read her entire Kate Daniels series, pick this one up, you’ll enjoy being back in this world. If you haven’t read Ilona Andrews yet, this isn’t a good starting point - you need to read the Kate Daniels serie ...more
Em Lost In Books
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-29, 3-star, 2021
For the first time an Ilona Andrews book has a cover worthy of story that they tell. I am very glad.

Aurelia Ryder aka Julie Olson has some big shoes to fill. But I am sure with time and some good grooming she'll get out of Kate's shadow and hold her own. Here she reminded me so much of early Kate Daniel books. An enjoyable book to start the series with.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OK, i’ll admit it, when I heard there was going to be another Julie story, I was less than enthused. Who wants to see more of her? Where’s my new Hugh instalment, dammit?! Come on! PRIORITIES Ilona. (My priorities being the most important, obviously). I certainly didn’t think a new name and some time away was going to change my mind about Julie or impress me much… Long story short, I was wrong. The switch from Julie Lennart to Aurelia Ryder is the least of the transformations. Her years away, sp ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I love Ilona Andrews, and I read nearly everything that they write, so I couldn't wait to read Blood Heir. I'm happy to report that the story was as intense, dynamic, engaging, and exciting as I was hoping it would be. However, there are a few key things that readers should know before going into the story.

First and foremost is that you MUST have read the majority of the Kate Daniels books prior to starting this one. Though Blood Heir is billed as the start of a new series, don't be fooled int
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell


I mean, I knew it would be amazing, but it still somehow exceeded expectations.
Elena C.
Oof. What a lackluster, joyless affair this book was for me. It read like someone took Kate Daniels and stripped that character of every little edge, imperfection, flaw and quirk that made her unique, vibrant and three dimensional. Julie is all grown-up, and the result is this uninspiring Kate-meets-Barbie Princess character whose voice and personality are as bland as her achievements are many.

There's no enemy Julie can't vanquish, no foe she can't outmaneuver, no brutish villain she can't punis
4.25/5 ⭐

Okay so first off, I am SO glad that I managed to finish the Kate Daniels series just in time for this beauty 😍

Second, this was SO GOOD. Like so good, I loved it!
I made a little squealing sound every time a character from the main series made an apparition here! I was so happy to meet them again!
The plot, as Ilona Andrews got us used to, was fabulous. It was the right amount of crazy action and interesting, well-documented facts.

Third - Derek. Because I missed him and because he's a tot
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! I have to admit that when I found out that the Kate Daniels series would end with the tenth book, I was heartbroken. These were characters that I loved and a world that I enjoyed visiting (even if it is dangerous most of the time) and I just did not want to see it end. This book brought me back to that world that I love so much. We get to see some familiar characters in this story but it is from a fresh, new perspe
Rossana Sasso
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's 3:15 am and I received the ARC from Ilona Andrews (a blessing upon their House) at midnight.

"I read it fast" doesn't really apply. I think the word we're looking at is ENGULF. Move right past inhale and commit osmosis upon the book. Did I mention it's my birthday tomorrow and this was the best present I have EVER received?

I hope you're into pain for pleasure because this book hurts so good. 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wish'd, as Hamlet puts it.

We're instantly sucked by the portal i
I am writing this two days after finishing the book and well, I still can't stop thinking about it.

How do I move on from this book? A good idea would be to distance myself from it, and not keep re reading my favourite bits or thinking about all the possibles, delicious things we could have in the sequels and then worrying about if at all we will get a sequel. (I really don't know what will I do if we don't.) Because eventually I will have to move on. But it's hard. It's really hard. I can't hel
I read another review that said "this is everything you've been hoping for". That's actually bloody perfect, because it was indeed everything I've been hoping for since the release of Magic Stars and the end of Magic Triumphs.

This is a story that none of Kate Daniels fans thought we would ever be getting, and that it is so exactly everything I could have wanted just makes it all the more perfect.

The best thing about this? The absolute best thing? Is that there's going to be MORE !!! 😍😍😍
So...I guess I promised a review and then never wrote one. What else is new though, right?

I can’t believe I finally got to read this book. I’ve waited for it for YEARS. And for the longest time there hadn’t even been much hope that this would ever be written at all.
Spin-offs can be tricky and the original series, Kate Daniels, is one of my favorite UF ones. I’ve gotta say, Ilona Andrews are simply killing it with the spin-offs. I loved Hugh’s book, a character I used to hate and this time, two f
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
This was the book my little shipper heart has been waiting for ever since those first scenes with Julie and Derek back in the early Kate Daniels books. I have hoped all along Julie might one day get her own series as an adult.

Julie has been gone from Atlanta for 8 years. She has a new name, a new face, and new powers. There’s also a new threat, one she cannot tell Kate about (view spoiler)
Geri Reads
A fantastic and well earned return to the Kate Daniels universe. I say well earned because the reason why Julie is back in Atlanta is personal. Very personal.

Plus, fans need answers! Like “what has Julie been doing since she left Atlanta with her aunt years ago?” Or “what’s happened to Kate and Curran now that they’re retired from the pack and no longer “running Atlanta?” And the most important question of all: Will Derek and Julie shippers AKA #teammetalrose triumph against all the other shipp
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
God bless Ilona Andrews for giving us Julie’s (and possibly Derek’s???) full book!! And it’s the first in a new series, so YAY!
Woman Reading
4 ☆
Welcome to Atlanta - "Have fun, don't offend anybody, and try not to die."

Blood Heir is the first in a new trilogy set in the Kate Daniels world of post-shift Atlanta and featuring Julie Olsen-Lennart. Eight years have elapsed since the epic battle in Magic Triumphs #10 (published in 2018). It would be incredibly helpful if you've read that book. I read the entire KD series for the first time last summer. Although it's only been five months, I had also read about 80 books in the interim and
Look, I love the Kate Daniels world with my whole heart and always will. BLOOD HEIR is a typical first book in an urban fantasy series. Lots of worldbuilding strings and mysteries introduced, very little payoff in anticipation of future books. I would not recommend BLOOD HEIR to a new-to-Kate-Daniels reader. Sure, technically everything is explained, but you'll feel very lost and miss out on emotional beats. The best parts occur when Julie talks to someone from the past; the nostalgic resonance ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
It’s been at least five years since I last read a Kate Daniels book, but as soon as I saw that this book was out, I HAD to have it. And for the most part, it didn’t disappoint.

There’s no particular reason I never actually finished the Kate Daniels series. They’re great books, but I do have a notoriously short attention span, so I just stopped halfway through the series and never returned. Reading this book, though, has made me feel like I really should go back. There’s something special about
h o l l i s
It happened. It really happened. We are back in the Kate Daniels universe. What a time to be alive.

However, so saying, I don't even know where to begin writing this review. Everything kind of feels like a spoiler? Even though the synopsis reveals the score it still feels like it could be a surprise to those who are even more blurb and spoiler averse than myself. So suffice it to say.. you are in for so much fun.

"My patience is an infinite lake. Feel free to drown yourself."

I feel like that quote
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