Crimson Reign

Delacorte. (Blood Heir: Bk. 3). Mar. 2022. 496p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780525707875.
Gr 9 Up–Ana and her friends must undertake separate quests in this last book of the trilogy. Ana heads for Cyrilia to confront her aunt, the tyrannical Empress Morganya, and fight for her throne—but without her blood magic, she no longer knows how strong she really is. Ramson investigates siphoned Affinities and whether they can be reclaimed. This bloody finale is stronger for bouncing between characters and asking hard questions. While the villain is unsatisfyingly two-dimensional and leads to a lackluster ending, readers will likely be happy where their favorite characters end up.
VERDICT Zhao’s series closer doesn’t quite stick the landing, making this strictly an additional purchase.

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