Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)by Published 19 Nov 2019
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This hot debut is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to clear her name for her father's murder.
In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.
When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.
A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.
Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) Reviews
Update: So, the cover is live! Andddd it's time for me to hide and never come on Goodreads again! Just kidding. Sort of?
I wanted to share the Dear Reader letter that we included in the ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of BLOOD HEIR. It touches upon why I wrote BLOOD HEIR, and who I wrote it for.
Four years ago, I began writing a story about a corrupt empire steeped in winter, filled with morally gray con men, deadly assassins, twisted villains, and above all, a girl named Anastacya, who has the power to manipulate blood and who believes she is a monster.
It took me two years to realize that the monster in the story is me.
I am an immigrant. I am a woman of color. And I am an “Other.” In my time in the United States, I have never experienced the sense of crushing fear about my identity that I have recently. “Get out of my country, communist!” is only one of the slurs I’ve had screamed at me from across the street. What I’ve experienced personally and seen across social media outlets and national television broadcasts has all amounted to a hyperawareness of my foreignness, my Otherness, and the possibility that because I am different, I am not worthy of belonging.
Blood Heir explores the demonization of the Other and this experience of not belonging. Ana’s journey examines how one can internalize hatred and fear, how that can warp one’s core and turn it into something cruel and twisted. But ultimately, her story is one of self-acceptance, and of the realization that we cannot change who we are nor what we are born with, but we can choose what we do with what we are given. And like me, Ana chooses to fight for a better tomorrow.
So I gave magic to my girls who were told they were monsters. I gave my children of color the ability to fight oppression. Because in a world where there is so little I can control, I want to put hope and power in their hands for once—and in a world where those deemed “different” are often cast out and made to be monsters, I want them to win.
Thank you for reading.
Amélie Wen Zhao
Added to post April 30, 2019
GOOD NEWS!! Zhao is publishing Blood Heir AS IS in November! http://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/books/amelie-wen-zhao-blood-heir.html
Added to post Jan 31, 2019
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Added to post late Jan 30, 2019
Added since author Amelie pulled her book from publishing...
Folks this is just mob-style bullying. The book is fantasy, not non-fiction or even historical fiction. The book might as well be banned, burned or censored. I cannot believe that some people's opinions have persuaded the writer to pull the novel. Not only that but Blood Heir was being published by Random House for goodness sake! It's not like it hasn't been edited, proofed, etc. Saying that authors can't kill off minority characters or touch on certain subject is absurd. Creativity should be about freedom of art in any form as the creator chooses. Social media is out of control and this is a sad day for publishing and free speech.
Posted afternoon of Jan 30, 2019
Yes I have an eARC.
Usually I don’t read books months before they are published; however, due to controversy’s I may make an exception here and read this very soon...
Three things to say in advance:
1) many people are upset that a young black girl dies in this story. Is this to say we can never have a minority killed off ever again? Cause that seems wrong.
2) The is zero, ZERO proof that the writer is screen capping or ‘listing’ reviewers who give her poor reviews. The rumour is based one on twitter post by some random chick who won’t give provide any sources. That’s not journalism folks. It’s just flat out, ridiculous rumour. Don’t accuse someone if you don’t have at least a shred of proof (and no your word is not worth crap on Twitter, sorry but it’s not)
3) The line from LOTR many have mentioned being used in this book has been used by a dozen or more fantasy or other genre books over the years. I don’t think you can claim that “don’t go where I can’t follow” is so iconic that it can never be used again... it’s a very symbolic phrase perhaps but I see no reason why this concept can’t be revisited many times over in literature.
PS: I have NOT yet read Six of Crows, so parallels to it I won’t be able to speak to even when I do read this one...
I still have my original ARC. Undecided if I will read, because it appears very few significant edits were made.
First off, something a lot of people don't know: Asian friends! Please do not get confused--the main character is not Asian. I know a lot of people think that she is (I myself thought that), but after further digging & clarification, Ana is not Asian. Nor are the people who are enslaved. Do with that as you will.
The most recent NYT article, abridged:
"...some readers argued that Zhao’s depiction of slavery was racially insensitive"
"...she collected herself and reread her book several times, examining the plot and characters to see if the critics were right. She decided they weren’t."
"Zhao aimed to invoke real-world issues, including human trafficking and indentured servitude in Asia"
""“It was very devastating to me that the book was read in a totally different cultural context.” [said Zhao]"
There's a full article, but I've taken care to abridge it without instilling bias in it, although the act of abridging is inherently biased. Please seek the full text if you desire.
Ultimately, I think when you take an important issue that's relevant to a specific ethnic group, such as human trafficking and indentured servitude in Asia, and change the ethnicities in a novel (by making them black, which an enslaved character in question was cast as Amandla Stenberg as by the author), the story will be read in a different context.
It will, if the enslaved group in question is black, be read as slavery to most American readers. Yes, it's an American-centric interpretation, definitely, and something the world should work on. But this is still something children's authors must take into account, to prevent harm to readers--such as black American teens--who might read this and interpret it differently.
I admit that I have not read it yet. But given the facts presented to me, I do question the sensitivity of Blood Heir, new or old version, given the apparent lack of validity in what I believed had been valid criticism about the portrayal of black characters (even if it had be amplified/muddled by a large number of voices).
Changing the race of a character will inherently make a new situation and include its own potential for harmful stereotypes.
I hope this provides clarity to the situation. Both with respect to the main character and the Asian human trafficking influences in Blood Heir.
EDIT: Another November 19th 2019 publish? What's going on? However, seeing that the author most likely rewrote parts of the book... I'm a bit hesitant to read it. It almost feels like self-censoring. I'm very conflicted about this.
My hopes right now? I really need a review from someone who had a chance to read the first version.
EDIT: I made the mistake that I went back to Twitter to have a look what's new. I should not have done that. They are trying to turn this all around and make the two authors who tried to destroy Zhao (you know fair competition) the victims in this! Let me tell you; they are not the victims. They started this without reading this book. (Just disclaimer: I absolutely disagree if anyone is threatening them. That is a wrong thing to do. Take the high road in this. Say why you disagree with what they did; you can get angry (I'm still angry); pledge to never read anything from them (DO NOT RATE their books without reading! Be better than that) but certainly, do not attack them.)
Let me tell you; I was excited about this book. I still am, and I hope it will be published one day. Because even if the author did some wrong in the way she wrote about certain things I would like to see it for myself and create my own opinion.
The only good outcome of this controversy is that I've spent hours reading about slavery in Asia and slavery in the 21st century. And let me tell you, we need to talk about this issue more!
I wanted to write a nice summary of why I think that the backlash against this author and her unpublished book but I cannot do it without my emotions running high.
If you want to read more, I suggest reading this review: From Mary S. R. I think it's absolutely spot on. And I could not do a better job!
Or if you would like to watch a video, I recommend this one: by Francina Simone. She did a wonderful job with that video.
And now, I have only one thing to say. Only a few people read this book, and the majority of the backlash came after people read some outtakes written in a review. Let me tell you, if you go and take only part from almost any book, you can create a controversy! You are judging it without seeing the whole picture, without reading how the author addressed those scenes. You know, maybe those scenes were the moment when the MC realised the system was wrong? Maybe not. But we do not know. And now it seems like we won't find out.
Update! My favorite book of the year has a new release date! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
You have no idea how disappointed I am to hear that this book will not be getting published. People need to stop getting offended over things. This is a fiction book and it was seriously my favorite so far of 2019, so I'm completely heartbroken that the author felt the need to pull her book because of bullying.
A dark retelling version of Anastasia? I'm all in! I've read one other Anastasia retelling, Heart of Iron, which was totally different than this one but both were awesome!
Ana was my baby monster—she could do some pretty amazing things with other people's blood! We get another POV besides her, Ramson, and oh boy, this young gent had a mind full of things—betrayals, a dark past, a dark heart with a hint of light hidden in it. I loved him!!! And the scenes with him and Ana own my life!
The writing was so good, and the story was an incredible page turner. I was so scared of another book with a cliffhanger because I've started so many dang series that end on them, and while it is open ended because of the second book, it isn't the death cliffhanger sentence that I loathe! And I'll be ready for book two when it comes! Can I also just state that the freaking cover artist deserves a metal for the beautiful cover!