Book Review: Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow

Publication Date: March 1st, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Epic Fantasy, Adventure

Series: Odriel’s Heirs Book 1

Blurb:

Burn the dead. Light the Dark.

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

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Book Review

Seventeen years old Kaia Dashul is the first born of a Dragon heir, blessed with the ability to conjure fire as with her descendants before her. Tasked with a huge responsibility to protect the people of Okarria from a powerful necromancer and his undead army (called The Lost), she embarks on a journey to save her father from his clutches. Exiled by the people she has sworn to protect and allied with friends, a band of warriors and two magicians, she forges ahead to fight battles she may never come back from.

Hayley is an amazing writer, I must say. I couldn’t believe this is her debut novel. She really nailed it on the world building, realistic characters, and the romance subplot. I so much enjoyed the battle scenes, the heirs’ training sessions and Kaia’s display of raw power. It was well-written and very detailed. Themes of friendship, love, Good vs. evil, war, survival and death were explored in the narrative. 

I love books that features strong female characters, and this book didn’t disappoint. Our young heroine is seen to be fierce, but plagued with doubts about the future. Even when she’s overwhelmed by emotions, she develops the fortitude through the help of her partner and shadow heir, Klaus and her ragehound, Gus. I love the way Kaia and Klaus supported each other through thick and thin. 

In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story. I finished it in one sitting. A fast-paced fantasy story, that made me laugh out loud, scream for Joy and shed a tear when overwhelmed with sadness. I must say that this book was professionally edited, due to the fact that some writers do not really care about editing before self-publishing their debut novels. I feel like there should be a movie adaptation for this book. It would be like “The Hobbit: Battle of the five armies.” I look forward to the second book in the series. Highly recommended. There are trigger warnings to watch out for such as explicit details of body mutilation and torture, and a few creative swear words here and there, so if you’re sensitive, then you can steer clear 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I want to appreciate Booksirens for providing this ARC for free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and I leave this review voluntarily

About The Author

Hayley Reese Chow has short and flash fiction featured or upcoming in Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s omnibus, AS YOU WISH!Until recently though, she’s mostly done a lot of things that have nothing at all to do with writing. Her hat collection includes mother, wife, engineer, USAF veteran, reservist, four-time All American fencer, 100 mile ultramarathoner, triathlete, world traveler, voracious reader, and super nerd.Hayley currently lives in Florida with two small wild boys, her long-suffering husband, and her miniature ragehound.But at night, when the house is still, she writes.

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