From Ilona Andrews, an all-new novel set in the Kate Daniels World and featuring Julie Lennart-Olsen, Kate and Curran’s ward.
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.
Warning! Mild spoilers below.
First of all I want to thank Ilona Andrews for returning to the Kate Daniels world of post-shift Atlanta with their new installment, Blood Heir. This is the first installment to a new trilogy featuring Julie Olsen-Lennart, Kate’s ward. It’s been eight years since the end of Magic Triumphs when Julie left Atlanta so she could find herself. Now Julie has returned back home after a new threat emerges against Kate. However, she’s not the same Julie that left. Now known as going by Aurelia Ryder, Julie has a new appearance due to implanting the stolen eye of the Canaanite god Moloch. The eye has remade Julie into a new person that no one who knows her could recognize her even her scent has changed. This suits Julie because according to the oracle if Julie makes any direct contact with Kate, Kate will die. To prevent that, Julie needs to take down Moloch and returning to Atlanta to solve a murder is the first step. Unfortunately, someone else is interested in the murder case, Derek Gaunt, Julie’s old crush who left the Pack along with Kate and Curran. Forced to work together, Julie can only hope that Derek won’t recognize her but can she prevent old feelings from surfacing?
Overall, Blood Heir was great start to a new series. We got to see many old favorite characters and how they have been doing since Magic Triumphs. As for Julie, she’s really grown up and has impressive skills including the magical powers of Kate and her family. As for Julie and Derek, as seen in Magic Stars, they make an incredible team. I look forward to see their relationship grow in future installments because it looks like both have grown since Magic Triumphs.