Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews

Aurelia Ryder, Book 1

Synopsis: 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 name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit.

If Aurelia’s true identity is discovered, those closest to her will die. So her plan is simple: get in, solve the murders, prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, and get out without being recognized. She expected danger, but she never anticipated that the only man she’d ever loved could threaten everything.

One small misstep could lead to disaster. But for Aurelia, facing disaster is easy; it’s relationships that are hard.

Review: I loved the Kate Daniels series and was thrilled to see a new spin off novel. So I was very happy to get into this novel. This time we follow Julie, who returns to Atlanta after an eight-year absence.

Following a terrible prophecy, Julie, under the name of Aurelia Ryder, is forced to return to her hometown to fight a new danger that could well make all the people she loves disappear. In addition to a new name, she also has a new face and a new smell so that no one will recognize her. But now her investigation leads her to the murder of a man that everyone loved and an artifact that he had to authenticate. This investigation also puts her back on the road to Derek and Ascanio.

Once again I had a great time with this story and it was a pleasure to be back with the characters and the world. Things are just getting started here and I’m sure we’ll learn more soon! The characters have all changed, they all have very different goals and yet they still have something of who they were.

A very nice novel once again!

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