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Not the Heir (Silverkeep, #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A jealous prince. A legendary key. An enchanted forest.

In the kingdom of Silverkeep, seventeen-year-old Basil Avington is accustomed to his opulent life as a prince. That is, until the king’s unforeseen death. Now the future is approaching sooner than Basil thought. His twin—eldest by seven minutes—has stolen his first love, his dignity, and soon, will take the throne. The
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Published December 1st 2020 by Hudson Warm
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Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not entirely sure how to respond to this one. It was on the fence of Weird, where it was too weird to really be taken seriously, but not weird enough to pass as a parody/humor fantasy. It was very practical nonsense. Like, a character has edible leafy fingernails, which Basil Acknowledges as weird, but ends up going along with it because he's hungry. A lot of it was like that, and like ... so many things were awkward but realisti
S.M. Pearce
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it

First, I’d like to thank the author for sending me an ARC of Not The Heir in exchange for an honest review.

I was kind of stuck on how to rate this book, because I do think it had a lot of potential. I know the author is quite young, and I’d love to read any future works she creates.

I didn’t think the book was necessarily bad, I just felt it could have used a lot more development and maturity in the writing style, characters, and plot overall. It was creative and an interesting concept, h
Lauren Redwood
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The reader is immersed instantly by the treacherous and vibrant world of Basil Avington, the 7-minutes-younger prince of Silverkeep. I was blown away by the history and interweaving plots. Hudson’s characters will capture you and her storytelling will make you forget your reality completely. I loved it.
Zoe Herman
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The craft and attention to detail are astounding. I love all of the dramatic twists and turns in the plot; I never wanted to put the book down! Hudson was able to make me laugh, cry, and jump and down with excitement all at the same time. The writing and vocabulary used are very sophisticated and well put together. If you are looking for YA adult fantasy quick read, I HIGHLY recommend reading Not the Heir!

***I was given this book early in an exchange
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took a story as old as time, sibling jealousy, and spun it into a fantastical story about power, love, friendship, and forgiveness.

Basil, second in line to the thrown in Silverkeep despises his brother, Regis. Regis gets all his parents' love, Basil's ex, and eventually the throne. What starts as Basil hoping to distract himself from his brother's upcoming coronation leads to a discovery in the castle library that sets Basil on the quest of a life time. Running away from the castle, B
Saffron Roberts
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
An amazing YA Fantasy, full of beautiful magic and touch of romance woven together with an adventerous plot and an evil, bitter queen! Hudson does a great job at setting up the characters. You can feel sorry for Basil and simultaneously think him a selfish brat. Though perhaps the pace felt a little fast in the middle, and sometimes you got a sense of being 'told rather than shown', the plot was gripping, and the fabulous setup at the start carried momentum through the whole novel and kept you t ...more
Lisa Dawn
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a captivating and unconventional adventure story about a prince who was jealous of his twin brother for inheriting the crown. It started out a little slow and made me question whether or not it would take place in a fantasy setting. However, the story really picks up after the prince sets off on his journey and discovers a hidden enchanted forest filled with nymphs, satyrs, and a dark secret. Basil is a misguided protagonist who is easy to relate to after a life of being ignored and mis ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW. So many different emotions while reading this story... laughs, cries, anger. Hudson brought me into a world and I don't want to leave it! Easily one of the best books I have ever read. I can't wait to see what this young adult author has in store for us for the future! ...more
Meghan Bingham
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was a fun, easy read. Felt a little like a Sherwin Forrest book but different enough to hold my interest. I didn't realize till I came to review the book that it was under the Tween genre--the word choice was good and I never would have guessed it was written for a younger audience. It reads like the first book in the series and I'd look forward to reading more books to follow. ...more
Taylor  (TaylorTakesPhotos)
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, fantasy, ya
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So I felt like this book had a lot of potential but it also had several problems that kept me from rating it higher. The writing made the MC very unlikable and I never formed a connection to him, there was nothing to make me care about him or his quest. I don't know if there is a character arc complicated enough to make me connect to him which could affect responses to the next book(s) and that worries me. It also felt a bit unpolished in the c
Mason Napach
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
The author beautifully tells a story the pitfalls jealousy in our society, while providing the classic entertaining fantasy style that I love. Read it all in one sitting. Please Read.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good and sophisticated writing! I highly recommend! I don't usually read young adult fantasy, but this book was so amazing and has changed my point of view. Hopefully there is a sequel! ...more
Basil and Regis the Fifth are two prince brothers who were close as children, but as they approach their eighteenth birthday, the prospect of Regis becoming king and Basil being left behind without a legacy develops a rift between the two. Regis seeks out a legendary magical key in order to become king and make his mark. While this story was somewhat enjoyable and had some good parts, it’s a bit under-baked throughout and didn’t enjoy it as much as I wished I did.

We follow Regis, the younger bro
Leah (LeahsLittlePleasures)
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an enchanting tale! I found Not The Heir magical, regal, and mythic. With an enchanted forest, an evil queen, a prince, and a long-lost legend of a powerful key this book will give you all the fairy tale feels. It definitely gave me Once Upon A Time vibes! And can we just talk about the cover?! Thank you to the author for an advanced copy!!
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend Not the Heir for any fantasy lover or YA reader in general. Warm does a great job at making each character complicated and multidimensional in a way where you aren't sure who you should be rooting for. Her descriptive and mature language transports the reader into the majestic world she created. I am not a fantasy lover in general, but the romance, drama, and relationships formed in this novel kept me wanting more. I am so proud of this young, talented author and can't wait to ...more
Lesley Barklay
Feb 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Kathryn (Katie) Burlo
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
All in all, I really liked reading this novel. One of my big things this year was to read more indie authors, and so far most of the books I’ve read are really good and refreshing takes on genres like fantasy, which I love. In “Not the Heir”, we follow Basil, who is a prince. His older brother (older twin, honestly, and only by 7 minutes as is made very clear) - who has taken most things from Basil - now is in line for the throne. I really liked the family relationships going on and the emotion ...more
Heidi Warm
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This honest review was given in exchange for an ARC of the book.

We learn of the tragedy of King Regis’s untimely death and the fact of one of his twin sons becoming the heir due to a mere seven minutes, but in spite of being born second, if Basil (second son) can attain the ever-coveted key of King Philip, the throne would be his.
Basil experiences various trials in his attempts to get the key, in the enchanted Golden Grove with fantastic creatures. Also here is where Basil experiences lost love.
Alexandria Johnson
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

"This book reminded me of the world of Narnia especially when I was reading about the enchanted forest...."

"Warm definitely portrayed the life of a jealous prince SO well that I could see his compressed pain on the page and that made me root for the character even more...."

"...…I would prefer the plotline to be....."

To read the full, and non spoiler review, go here --->
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The plot was exciting and the details made it easy to picture everything in your head. I was eager to see what Basil would do next. However, I thought the pacing of the book was a bit off as it felt the same scene happened over and over again in span of just a few chapters. The love interests had great chemistry, but I didn't feel it was enough for the ending. I am looking forward to what comes next in the land of Silverkeep!
*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchang
Jasmine Smith
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a cool novel that explored jealousy and envy amongst brothers. The relationships among everyone in the novel were extraordinarily well done - you could FEEL the tension. And, of course, it's high-fantasy, and Warm DELIVERS on this. There's evil and secrets and a magic key and the whole time you're reading you truly feel enveloped in the world Warm's created. If I could rate higher than 5 stars I honestly would lol. ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I was sent an early reader copy of Not the Heir in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really good read. I found myself wanting to turn the page and see what was going to happen. the pace was pretty steady and the plot itself had a few twist that I found fun to read.
Overall the writing was pretty good and I would definitely recommend it!!
Yet another indie book that blows my mind. Warm does a fantastic job with world-building, weaving separate plots and storylines, and creating vivid scenery that immerses the reader in the book. There's a ton of twists, the story matter is engaging, and the writing is phenomenal. Indie genre...indie CONTINUE to blow my mind. ...more
Katie Sendia
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
A great indie read. Warm does an amazing job with characterization, emotion, and combines it all into a high-fantasy novella that will blow your mind. So glad that indie reads are becoming such a fad nowadays - it illuminates all the hidden gems out there.
Jake Bernstein
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A page-turning forest academia quest story, Not The Heir left me shocked, heartbroken, and wanting more of Silverkeep. Highly recommend!
Melanie Taylor
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this! Super unique idea and great, refreshing writing.
Devon Duncan
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I was sent an early reader copy of Not the Heir in exchange for an honest review.

Hudson crafted a really interesting story. The plot was very entertaining. In the beginning, I felt it might be predictable but it had plenty of twists and turns. It is clear that the author has a wonderful imagination. I did find the writing a bit tough to navigate but I know she is a teenage author and I'm excited to see her future works.
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of Not the Heir for early review.
This book did exactly what I expected it to: meet my expectations. Not that I mean that in a negative way! I was still thoroughly impressed by the author's ability to publish a readable book at such a young age, but I wasn't expecting it to be Grapes of Wrath or anything.
I was entranced by the contradictory character of Basil, so unlikeable at first that you almost seem shocked that you've grown empathetic for him by the end
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Basil captured my heart from the beginning of this exciting, coming of age fantasy. The main character goes on a journey to find a magical lost key and finds so much more than he ever expected.
The story is filled with twists and turns that kept me in suspense and I could not put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. I highly recommend this book!
Taylor Kreamer
rated it it was amazing
Nov 01, 2020
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