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
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.
[30 Apr 2019]
Ladies and gentlemen, it's been confirmed: BLOOD HEIR WILL BE PUBLISHED! This is not a drill I repeat this is not a drill Blood Heir will be out November 19th 2019!
To the haters, I say:
According to New York Times, this is why and how Zhao finally decided to go ahead with publishing Blood Heir (if you want to know why it was cancelled, scroll down to the Jan 31 update):
[Zhao] reread her book several times, examining the plot and characters to see if the critics were right. She decided they weren’t.
In March, Zhao called her editor at Delacorte Press and told her that she wanted to move forward with the novel after all. She made some revisions, and “Blood Heir” is now scheduled to be released in November.
“Ultimately, it’s true to my vision,” she said.
Zhao’s decision to move ahead with publication will likely reignite the fractious, ongoing debate about diversity, representation and “cancel culture” in the young adult literary world.
While some see the discussion about cultural appropriation in fiction as a necessary, if painful, step toward addressing the lack of diversity in publishing, others argue that the online Y.A. community has become too cutthroat, even intolerant, in its attacks on first-time authors who tackle challenging social issues or write outside their immediate cultural experience.
And here is the author's letter about her decision to publish:
I'm glad to announce that Blood Heir will publish on November 19, 2019.
In writing this novel, I researched extensively on the subject of modern-day human trafficking and indentured labor throughout the world and specifically from my heritage. It is a practice that thrives on societal complicity and complacency, and it is my hope that Blood Heir will confront the silence surrounding this epidemic that continues to affect 45 million victims globally.
Through important dialogue that occurred recently, it became clear to me that my book was being read in a different cultural context than my own, so I decided to take the time to make sure the hallmarks of human trafficking were being incisively drawn.
I hope to share a new perspective from my background as a Chinese immigrant living in America. I am excited for readers to meet my heroine, who believes in justice and is ready to fight for it with her wits, grit, and magic; and for them to have a chance to engage in further dialogue about these important social issues.
Thank you for your support.
I am so proud of this community for showing Amélie their support and for speaking out against bullying, and I am so so proud of her for staying strong and getting something positive out of the negativity sent her way.
If you're reading this Amélie, I just want you to know that your determination to stand by what you believe is right, and your strength against the narrow-minded bullies, is so inspiring, and I love you for it.
Whatever happens now, whatever anyone says, know that we are there to stand by your side. Know that there's those of us who will have your back in whatever comes next.
I really wanna hug you right now. You and the whole Goodreads community. ❤
And to all who might read this: never forget to have each other's backs. And when you want to criticise a matter, first fully listen to what someone else might have to say, then and only then voice your critique and opinion of it.
I hope we all learn a lesson from this to not make assumptions about what someone else might be saying without full knowledge and attack them for it.
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[09 Feb 2019]
I need to say this, because we all need a little positivity and unity: I'm proud of you.
No, not the bullies who, in the name of criticism, aggressively attack others. No, I'm proud of you who rallied against such behaviour, to show that we don't support the shameful actions of the few.
You. I'm proud of you. I'm proud of us. Hell, I'm proud of humanity.
Don't let the few define or control us.
Here's an article by two authors who had similar experiences, giving their two very different view points on the matter: click to read the NY Times article
To quote author Jonah Winter from the article above:
To the online mob, I say, and encourage Amélie Wen Zhao to say, as did the Duke of Wellington in response to a threat to expose his extramarital affair, “Publish and be damned.”
And I do hope Amélie stays strong and patient against this unacceptable Twitter attack, and eventually gives us a chance to enter her beautiful world :)
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[31 Jan 2019]
This reaction by people is RIDICULOUS!
The book has been pulled from publication because of a number of nearsighted Twitter reviewers.
People are unbelievable!
What happened, in summary:
“With a group of mostly American writers pillorying a novel few of them had read out of the misplaced conviction that the book was ‘about’ American slavery and handled that subject inappropriately; that therefore it was deeply racist; and that, further, its author was not only an offensive writer but a maniacally screenshotting danger to others.
They spread those claims far and wide to the point where they were echoed and amplified by influential members of the literary community in question. As a result, the book, which was intended as a comment on contemporary slavery in a part of the world most Americans know nothing about, probably won’t be published and won’t give American readers a chance to read the perspective of an Asian writer inspired by an issue of urgent importance to many Asian people.”
Now, here's the problem:
There are different ways to call out a subject you want to speak against, like racism, in fantasy.
A) You build a world where it's not a problem, like it's normal for characters to be bisexual or gay, and you show the reader the rightness if it. You accustom them to the fact that it's ok.
This is usually useful for writing for kids, whose ideas are just shaping and who you don't want to bring into too much of the fights of the world yet.
B) You build a world where it is a problem, but the character is speaking against it and trying to change it.
This strategy is the most common one and the most pleasing one for readers. It's typical and understandable and straightforward and doesn't require so much thought from the lazy reader.
So while many would say that in method A the subject was just bandied about and not a firebrand and so pointless, or say that in method C it was actually standing for it and not calling it out, method B is the easiest way which just satisfies too many YA readers.
C) And here's the most challenging one. You build a world where it is a problem, but instead of happy merry “I'm gonna give a speech and change the world”, you show the harms this belief brings.
In this method, you're focusing on the destruction brought by, for example, racism. The scars it leaves. So more than a revolution or a firebrand, it's a personal fight for the character to show how you can survive that hate.
And this strategy of calling out a trope is the most conflicting one, but also the one that leads the open-minded reader to the most thoughts and understanding.
“Most adult readers across genres understand that representing a morally repugnant position as part of a broader narrative is not the same as endorsing that opinion, but this is the sort of obvious-to-everyone-else point YA Twitter tends to confuse or outright reject.”
And that is exactly what happens, repeatedly. Reading the tweets, I feel repulsed by some people and authors alike.
What they don't understand is that the world is not all like your neighborhood. A lot of people don't understand that many of the issues you have, perhaps, solved with yourself, or even ones you've never had, are still cultural issues in a huge percentage of the world.
And everything is NOT about you. If there's ‘slavery’, it doesn't mean ‘American slavery’. It's shining light on something in another culture in past or present so would you stop and read if you want to understand or stop and leave if you don't? What's the point of all this backlash and hate?
Or, for many people, it's like if it's telling a story set in the past or in a world where it's still a patriarchy and there's no revolutionary woman or a understanding man in the story that miraculously disagrees with it all, then the story is supporting the idea of women lesser than man, instead of maybe realising the fact that it's showing the harms it brings and that not everyone is so fortunate to live in a world where women can do anything for God knows I don't.
Yes, if for example slavery or racism is a sensitive subject for you which reading its effects will only unsettle you and you are quite aware of it, then don't pick up the book using method C.
I understand. I share those sensitivities for many things myself and just don't read the book. But that doesn't mean it's wrong in its way of calling out the trope. It's raising awareness in a different way.
And another thing is unaware people spreading rumours.
“But while some of the social justice concerns percolating within YA fiction are legitimate, the explosive manner in which they’re expressed within YA Twitter is another story.
Posing as urgent interventions to prevent the circulation of harmful tropes, the pile-ons are often based on selective excerpts pulled out of context from the advance copies of books most in the community haven’t read yet. Often, they feature critics operating on the basis of idiosyncratic ideas about the very purpose and nature of fiction itself, elevating tendentious interpretations of the limited snippets available to pass judgement on books before they have been released.”
And that's one reason it's been a whole year since I've visited my Twitter or Instagram accounts. The social media is just unbelievably ridiculous in its harassments!
“If a confused friend ever asks you to sum up the culture of YA Twitter in one sentence, ‘Imagine a white woman explaining that she is spreading unverifiable rumors about a first-time author of color in order to protect people of color’ will do nicely.”
So while I have not read Blood Heir, it's pretty clear to me it's using something between methods C and B, or perhaps starting from C and leading to B, I'm not sure, but I'm sure that IT'S NOT SUPPORTING RACISM FOR GOD'S SAKE.
I'm so sad to read this letter by the author, I feel ashamed. *shakes head*
I still want to read this book. Without a doubt.
To the book community,
I want to start by saying that I have the utmost respect for your voices, and I am listening l am grateful to those who have raised questions around representation, coding, and themes in my book.
I emigrated from China when I was 18. Drawing on my own multicultural upbringing and the complex history of my heritage that has incidences of bias and oppression, I wrote Blood Heir from my immediate cultural perspective. The issues around Affinite indenturement in the story represent a specific critique of the epidemic of indentured labor and human trafficking prevalent in many industries across Asia, including in my owrn home country. The narrative and history of slavery in the United States is not something I cultural context. I am so sorry for the pain this has caused.
It was never my intention to bring harm to any reader of this valued community particularly those for whom I seek to write and empower. As such, I have decided to ask my publisher not to publish Blood Heir at this time, and they have agreed. I don't wish to clarify, defend, or have anyone defend me. This is not that; this is an apology.
With the feedback of the community, I feel this is the right decision.
The quoted sections are from the Tablet Magazine article which you need to read:
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Let's all take a moment and raise our glasses to Amélie Wen Zhao!
Why? I'll tell you;
In a world where the princess is the monster, oppression is blind to skin color, and good and evil exist in shades of gray...
Um. Thank you?? Grey morality and the exploration of what is evil or monstrous and also equality has always been the strongest point of a book to me!
So basically it's already a must read; but that's not even the start of it...
...comes a dark Anastasia retelling that explores love, loss, fear, and divisiveness, and how ultimately it is our choices that define who we are.
Keywords to focus on: dark, Anastasia retelling, loss, fear, choices, identity!
The best part, however, is the message she wants to convey with this book! I was totally moved after reading her letter to the reader:
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.
I don't think there are any words that could describe how I'm feeling right now; about this book, about the author...
I'm filled with respect, wonder, and love, and I know that I will love this book with all my heart.
Counting the days until June 4th 2019; already added to my calendar!!!
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!
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
**Show your support for publication by purchasing a pre-sale copy of Blood Heir from your countries primary bookseller**
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...