Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

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  • 496 pages
  • Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)
  • Amélie Wen Zhao
  • English
  • 19 November 2018
  • 9780525707813

About the Author: Amélie Wen Zhao

Hi friends I don t check Goodreads any, but you can find me on Instagram ameliewenzhao and Twitter ameliewenzhao Am lie Wen Zhao is a Paris born Chinese national who fell in love with stories since she was old enough to hold a book Raised in an international community in Beijing, she had the opportunity to grow up steeped in the values and teachings of three different cultures Romance


Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) 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.

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  1. Mary S. R. says:

    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 Dear Readers 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.Sincerely,Am lieI am so proud of this community for showing Am lie 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 Am lie, 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.Mic drop 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 articleTo quote author Jonah Winter from the article above To the online mob, I say, and encourage Am lie 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 Am lie stays strong and patient against this unacceptable Twitter attack, and eventually gives us a chance to enter her beautiful world 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 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.Thank you.Sincerely,Am lieThe quoted sections are from the Tablet Magazine article which you need to read Initial review Let s all take a moment and raise our glasses to Am lie 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 grayUm 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 authorI 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

  2. Amélie Zhao says:

    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.Dear Reader,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.Am lie Wen Zhao

  3. Mel (Epic Reading) says:

    Added to post April 30, 2019GOOD NEWS Zhao is publishing Blood Heir AS IS in November 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, 2019Added 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, 2019Yes 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 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

  4. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    This book was so damn good If a friend has a physical copy of the arc before the author was bullied, message me, I want the original The book had some major sad parts in it I m looking forward to the next book Mel RANT BELOW ABOUT THE ASSHOLES THAT GOT THOS BOOK SHUT DOWN FOR A BIT UPDATE This was not the day to get this email about my pre order being void And don t preach on my post or you will be deleted I ve put up with enough bullshit in my 40 years It will be back to happy days when I read another great book I guess I should have stayed on Netgalley so I could have read this I have been wanting this book sooo bad but some assholes bullied the author into pulling her book This is a free f g country people I would like to decide for myself whether I might like a book or not I have read plenty of books with slurs, rapes, genocide etc etc etc Do you see that shit pulled No As well it shouldn t So thank you to all the bastards that can t get a life and ruin things for other people Oh, and you all can kiss my ass PS If you don t like this post then unfriend me, you wouldn t be any different than the dickhead boys and girls that dropped my friendship while I was out battling cancer Yeah, you big wigs on GR that I would LOVE to call out for your uncaring asses, but I won t I have better things to do I m sorry to the author and I hope you change your mind And I m sorry for anyone out there that might be trying to tell their story and it gets pulled as well PSS I hope I find hundreds of likes on this post to show we don t tolerate bullying in any way shape or form We all had the right to rate this book from dnf to 5 stars Just think about that Glad I don t have Twitter, wish that shit would shut down too Signed, Royally Pissed Omg I keep finding beautiful cover They dare to be so pretty I pre ordered it too Mel

  5. Emily May says:

    The author has confirmed that Blood Heir will publish November 19, 2019.

  6. Candace Robinson says:

    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

  7. Vicky Who Reads says:

    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.

  8. MischaS_ says:

    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 Original 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 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 , 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.

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  10. Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔ says:

    UPDATE It has a new release date everyone Your Affinity does not define you What defines you is how you choose to wield it As many of you may know by now, this book has apparently been embroiled in a rather intense controversy I say apparently because I personally have only heard of the incident through second hand sources here on Goodreads and have not in fact been following the issue on Twitter So please understand I cannot to speak to that issue I am just here to give my honest review on the book I read Note Not spoiler free This book tells the story of Ana, the fallen princess for Cyrilia, who, due to her affinity for controlling blood, is forced to flee the palace after being accused of murdering her own father She embarks on a journey for justice, seeking to find the man truly responsible for her father s demise, which after a long search puts her on a collision course with Ramson Quicktongue con man extraordinaire An uneasy alliance is formed as these two journey through the kingdom in search of justice and vengeance So I ll say this, the writing itself is rather average There is nothing particularly stellar or memorable about the style of writing But it gets the point across and still carries the story along just fine For those who want the warning, yes this book does contain bloodshed and violence I mean, it s called Blood Heir It d be surprising if there was no bloodshed And yes, there is mention of slavery, or, as it is referred to in this book, Affinite indenturement That being said, it is not slavery based on race or skin color Because in the book it did not seem to matter where the Affinites were from or what they looked liked, if they had a useful affinity they were captured by Affinite brokers, essentially slave traders, and sold to the highest bidder Now I want this to be clear, although slavery does take place in the book, in no way does this book treat slavery as anything but something morally wrong Though our protagonist Ana is certainly quite ignorant to how significant of an issue it is in her country Due to her privilege, she has never truly come face to face with the crime and corruption that runs rampant through the cities She initially believes the issue far and few between, blindly believing that the Whitecoats, the Imperial Guard, protects against threats such as Affinite indenturement But it does not take too long after the book starts, for her to realize just how wrong and out of touch she is Another one, she thought helplessly, and it was as though the world she had seen for the past eighteen years were slowly peeling away to reveal the truth of what it was How many times had she purchases something from someone who might have been forced into a sham contract How many indentured Affinites had she waved at in the crowds when she had traveled with her father to see her empire as a child If Affinite indenturement was so rampant, why had she never heard it discussed in the Palace, at Court, with all of Papa s Imperial Advisors Why had none of it been mentioned in textbooks I ll be honest, initially, I was a bit annoyed with Ana for being so naive, but after I read the passage above I came to realize that it was done purposefully It is part of Ana s journey, discovering the wrongness of her world Understanding that because of her privilege she was shielded from the horrors that everyday people had to face Because, although she certainly suffered for being an Affinite, there were those out there who suffered just as much, if not Because unlike her they did not have a warm bed to go back to or a proper roof over their head They did not have anyone, servants or family members, to take care of them after they were beaten or sold or abused The first step to fixing a problem is recognizing there is a problem And this was Ana s moment of recognition There was nothing, absolutely nothing, forgivable about human beings who chose to put children in cages.For those who are upset saying that it was wrong of the author to kill off May, I just have to say that this has been a long used plot device The killing off of a character close to the protagonist to propel them towards a greater purpose And in no way did it feel like the author killed May simply because she was a person of color If anything I think it because she was a child, an innocent child who had absolutely no say in being born with an ability But because of it she was stolen from her homeland and forced into slavery She died after standing her ground, imploring Ana that no matter what she would not abandon her fellow Affinites to the auction house She died protecting someone she loved, Ana I do not consider that a pointless or meaningless death Ana Ramson Thank you for coming after me Thank you for fighting for me Thank you for saving my life. Don t die, Witch, he said Don t get kidnapped, she replied.I adore these two Their threats Their banter But their serious talks were just as important Such as the moment where Ana asks Ramson if he was ever an Affinite broker To which he answers, no, he was not And yet he also makes it clear that he is in no way truly innocent Because although he never did so himself, he knew it was happening and did nothing He continued to work for the man behind it all And that was its own sort of wrongness Guilt by association I think what I enjoyed most about this book is in fact how gray everything was Ana and Ramson both, at their cores, have goodness in them But they have each done their fair share of terrible things Killed, lied and hurt people All in the name of justice and revenge And while I certainly rooted for them the entire time I know they re not innocent They may not be the heroes the people want, but they are the heroes these people need And I hope to, eventually, continue to follow them along their journey to fix a world so wrong I received a free ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Huge thank you to the publishers for providing me with a copy to read and review. 1 31 19So apparently this book has been retracted from publication That s very disappointing So far, I m enjoying the book Though it s being put on hold, which I assume it is because if I remember correctly The Continent offended a lot of people and still managed to get published eventually Original blurb In a world where the princess is the monster, oppression is blind to skin color, and good and evil exist in shades of gray comes a dark Anastasia retelling that explores love, loss, fear, and divisiveness, and how ultimately it is our choices that define who we are.