ARC Review – Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow

The brave, burning with fire, harnessed the Dragon’s Rage….

As the Dragon Heir, seventeen-year-old Kaia inherited the power of flame to protect her homeland from a godlike necromancer’s undead army. But after centuries of peace, the necromancer has faded to myth, and the Dragon Heir is feared by the people. Persecuted and cast out, Kaia struggles to embrace and control her seemingly useless gift while confined to her family’s farm.

But when the necromancer’s undead terrorize the land once again, Kaia runs away to join the battle.

With the help of her childhood rival, the handsome Shadow Heir, and a snarky, cursed cat, Kaia must figure out how to control both her fire and her confidence in time to save Okarria. If she fails, she will sacrifice her family, her new friends, and the enchanting world she has only just begun to see.

And time is running out.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and can confirm all opinions are my own.

When the army of the Lost last roamed the land Odreils heirs; Dragon with the ability to control fire, Shadow with the ability to disappear into thin air and Time with the ability to heal, each used their gifted powers to defeat Nifras. Now the Lost have been seen roaming the land again and the people fear that Nifras will return. Kaia is next in line for the Dragon Heir beating her twin brother by only 6 minutes, she wants so much to be included in her fathers, the current Dragon Heirs, travels, but being the youngest of the Heirs she is generally left behind. When her village is attacked by the Lost she barely manages to defeat them and knows that if they have travelled this far then the country is in more danger than they thought. She sets off to find her father and the other Heirs to tell them of her news and aid in the battle she is sure will arise. Her journey includes heartbreak, romance and new friendships but in the end it is Kaia and her Dragon power that has the potential to save the world from eternal darkness.

The storyline and characters in this book had me flying through the pages. Kaia is such an amazing perspective to read from. Shunned her whole life for being the ‘Dragon Heir’ by people afraid of her power, she has ultimately become afraid of it herself and the damage she could do if she let herself give into to it. She just wants to prove herself, and as the youngest and weakest of the heirs she has had to fight for every single bit of praise in her life. This has made her eager to prove herself, damn the consequences. So when she realises the Lost are back and creeping further and further into the country she jumps at the chance to join her fellow heirs in the fight. She has a fantastic ARC throughout the story and I loved seeing her character growth from being ashamed and afraid of herself to giving in to the potential of her powers. Klaus is the Shadow heir, and Kaia’s main tormentor for most of her life. Being stuck with him on this journey is not something she is looking forward to, and the bickering between them made me laugh out loud. Kaia sees him as a torment and someone that thinks she is weak and unable, however, throughout the book we see a different side to him, one that shows the true depth of his feelings for her and show a whole different reason for his torment. Kaia makes for a great lead, but one of the things I loved about this book was the side characters. Every single one of them had their part to play, especially Shadmandur, the man cursed to be a cat for 100 years. He added a lightness to the book with his sometimes snarky comments and also played a large part in Kaia’s character ARC.

I found the synopsis for this book intriguing and the story did not let me down. It is incredibly fast paced, but without losing any of the backstory information and folklore that I love. The author manages to weave the countries past into Kaia’s current storyline effortlessly so you hardly realise you are learning whilst reading. Her descriptive writing really brought all the different culture/creatures we meet and the battles to life, so much so you can picture them clearly in your mind and feel the power of Kaia’s, almost as if you are there. There are plenty of twist and turns, absolutely none of which I saw coming. The author keeps you guessing as to who the bad guy is and their reasons for bringing the Lost back to the land, and just when you think you have a happy ending BAM! The author hits you with an epilogue that leaves you grabbing blindly for the second book you know you don’t have.

The romance in this book was brilliantly written, slow burn to the max and I loved that it did not overshadow Kaia’s journey, but added something magical to it. Something that we as the readers realised long before Kaia did. I enjoyed seeing them come to the realisation and admitting their feelings, and am eager to follow their story in book two.

A brilliant read that had me thoroughly engrossed, so much so I read over 65% of it on a 2.5 hour plane ride, I simply couldn’t put it down. Definitely one to add to your TBR’s, out 01.03.20 and an easy 4.5/5 stars.

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  1. I love those character ARCs too. I’m a sucker for them… like sarah in witchy eye… instead of being all hell yeah! I’m a chosen one and have this fantastic power… they are insecure and unsure and have to grow into it.

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  2. Oh wow. This sounds like an incredible read and something that is totally up my street. I’ll definitely be adding this to the list, I love the sound of it. The characters sound like fun! Thanks for the great review!

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