Red Tigress by Amelie Wen Zhao – Book Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

The continuation of this book was so good. It’s great to see an author improve so much.

NOTE: If you did not read Blood Heir there will be spoilers. The review for Red Tigress is spoiler free itself, as always.

You can read the review on the first book here:

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao – Book and Audio Review

Happy Reading!

Red Tigress

Amelie Wen Zhao

5 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

Ana Mikhailov is the only surviving member of the royal family of Cyrilia. She has no army, no title, and no allies, and now she must find a way to take back the throne or risk the brutal retribution of the empress. Morganya is determined to establish a new world order on the spilled blood of non-Affinites. Ana is certain that Morganya won’t stop until she kills them all.

Ana’s only chance at navigating the dangerous world of her homeland means partnering with Ramson Quicktongue again. But the cunning crime lord has schemes of his own. For Ana to find an army, they must cross the Whitewaves to the impenetrable stone forts of Bregon. Only, no one can be certain what they will find there.

A dark power has risen. Will revolution bring peace–or will it only paint the streets in more blood.


I am enjoying this series a lot more than I anticipated. With a strong first book, second books can either be a hit or a miss. Luckily this was a huge hit for me. After all the revelations made from the first book, the second one amps up the stakes. Alliances made in the first book are broken but new ones are forged. I thought this plot was just as engaging and stressful but it was more personal. Since the characters had been developed, the story could really shine through. I thought that the writing was much improved as well showing a more concise plot and not so much back and forth. There were some twists I didn’t see coming and I really enjoyed those moments! This was definitely a fantastic second installment and getting ready for the finale.

Oh the character growth in this book was so much better. My biggest struggle with Ana in the first book was her back and forth on her blood magic. In this one, it wasn’t as relevant and really focused on her as a person more – which I loved! And then when her magic did come into play, it was in moments that made sense and she embarrassed it. Ramson had some growth as well but I don’t think as much as the first book. Regardless I still love his character. A third point of view was added into this book and I enjoyed it. I thought Linn was a fantastic edition. The only thing that was a bit disappointing is the new “villain”. I honestly didn’t care for this character much at all and hopefully they’ll be eliminated early in the third book (but probably not).

Final Thoughts

Overall, Red Tigress by Amélie Wen Zhao was a great second installment. I enjoyed it much more than the first book with it’s new adventure and more dangerous plot lines. The writing seemed much more advanced and cohesive which really helped the plot and pacing of this book. Ana had a lot more focus on her character rather than her magic and I really enjoyed that. Ramson didn’t have much more development than the first book but he’s still a fantastic character. Then the addition of Linn was great and I thoroughly enjoyed learning her character more. If you enjoyed the first book then I highly recommend picking this one up as it is definitely an improvement of the series.

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