It is my turn on this blog tour for Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow, which I had the pleasure of reading for the 2021 Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA).
From over 100 entrants, this one came a fantastic fifth place, and deservedly so. In the first of a series, Chow delivers outstanding world-building full of enchanting fantastical concepts, and a wonderful main character. I connected with Kaia right from the start and was rooting for her throughout her journey as the Dragon Heir.
Organised by the Write Reads, BBNYA is an annual competition open to independent authors, with books read and scored by book bloggers from across the world. It is held in association with the Folio Society, who offer some wonderful prizes. Congratulations to Hayley for finishing fifth!
Thank you to Dave @ The Write Reads for organising this blog tour along with his disciples, and of course to Noly for suitably striking tour banner.
Published: 1st March 2020
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.
Hayley Reese Chow has had an extraordinarily eclectic range of roles in her lifetime, and with Odriel’s Heirs in 2020 she added ‘novelist’ to that list. As listed on her Goodreads page, she has been an engineer; a veteran of the United States Air Force; a fencer, and a triathlete – among other things.
In terms of writing, she has had short fiction appear in several publications, with Odriel’s Heirs being her debut novel. As well as fifth place in BBNYA, it won the Florida Author Project in 2020. Two sequels were released in 2021.
She can be found on Twitter or Instagram @HayleyReeseChow
*I received a free electronic copy of the book for BBNYA
Do check out all the other posts on the blog tour!