Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Crimson Reign by Amelie Wen Zhao - OPTIONAL

Crimson Reign (Blood Heir #3) by Amelie Wen Zhao, 483 pages. Delacorte Press (Random), 2022. $19

Language: PG-13 (12 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: R.



Ana has lost her magical power, just as she was starting to understand how to use it to better her people's lives. Despite having lost her magic, she is determined to keep Cryilia safe from the dangerous Sorsha Forrarld and Ana's wicked Aunt Morganya. Morganya is trying to locate and control magic from the old gods, and Sorsha is holding Ana's magic. Ana is getting weaker the longer she lives without her magic, but maybe with the help of her true friends, including Ransom Quicktongue, Ana can win the fight.

I have enjoyed this trilogy because of the characters. The storyline isn't anything new necessarily, but I love the spunky and loyal friendships. As the final book in the series, it has a satisfying closing of the storyline. However, I do wish that there was more to the ending, but maybe that is because it's hard to leave the characters. The biggest hang-up with this book and the entire series is the amount of violence. The violence is shocking, gruesome and a complete disregard for human life. The violence happens to characters that you care about making it seem personal and more upsetting than if it just happened to the bad guys.

Reviewer, C. Peterson

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