51 points, 2 ¾ stars
Changeling. Thief. Mortal heir in a world of treacherous immortals.
Raine Warren, half-faerie changeling and master thief, wants nothing to do with the family who abandoned her in the human realm as a child. But when Faerie comes knocking, claiming she’s descended from Sidhe nobility, she’s handed an unexpected legacy. One catch: it comes in the form of a sceptre containing dark power coveted—and feared—by every faerie court, and no instruction manual.
Now her name’s on every hit list in Faerie, and the other Sidhe will do anything to take her off the playing field… permanently. Her last hope is to strike a deal with a charming thief with his own agenda and his own plans for the sceptre. On the run from assassins and hunted by the most powerful faeries in both realms, embracing the dangerous magic of Faerie might be Raine’s only means of survival.
Mortal Heir is set after the events in The Changeling Chronicles. They’re connected, and you would probably get more out of this if you read the main series, but this is definitely a standalone. We have a new protagonist, a half-fae this time. Yet, Raine’s powers are almost exactly like Ivy’s, they’re just based in winter and Raine has no idea how to use them yet. This book isn’t as frantic as the events in Legacy of Flames – there are no deadlines, the people trying to kill her aren’t primary sources, etc. Yet it is still very fast paced, but also not as entertaining.
Not much happens in Mortal Heir that I didn’t just tell in my brief description. Lots of assassins trying to kill her. Lots of trying (and sometimes successfully) to steal the Talisman. Lots of family issues and bad love choices. It was really predictable.
Raine is probably the most down-to-earth protagonist I’ve read from Emma L. Adams so far. She doesn’t want any of this, she was forced into it. She just wanted to go back to her messed up father and her family issues. Caring for a parent is never easy, and it is even harder when you’re a teenager, or in Raine’s case 24 (though she feels 14). Now she has to deal with being a half-sidhe heiress and the politics involved. Mostly she is just really good at not dying so far.
I do have to comment on the “love” interests, though. Why does Adams write such bad perspective lovers? In this one we have the ex-lover, Robin, who was with her and then dumped her much like you would toss a piece of trash in the bin. He only comes around again because he thinks he’ll get something out of the association with her again. He isn’t really an option, but it is a poorly written attempt for the author to go “look at this choice you have hanging around, don’t you want it again”? Of course he does end up betraying her.
Then there is the prettyboy, Cedar, who just happens to show up at the right place and time to help her. And is obviously not on her side. That was even before we learned he worked for the enemy, was a thief himself, and he constantly betrayed her in the guise of “vows”. Of course he is going to end up being the true love interest for this series, because he is “just being used by his family” and “poor pitiful Cedar always having to follow orders, lets find a way for him to break out of that!”. I mean neither of those have been said yet, but it is coming.
New adult series really, really should be marked better.
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