The Phoenix Bloodline: Ember Holt *Review*

Cover image of The Phoenix Bloodline by Ember Holt is in the centre of an image of a starry night out on a mountainside. Added text: Maeve is plotting a rebellion, but is she strong enough to see it through?

Genres: NA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy | Release Date: 21 November 2023 | Series: Fae Prison: Earth | Series Book: #3 | Pages: 379 | Indie Author | Review

“We don’t let each other slip into the darkness, but if we do, we go into that unknown together.”

Ember Holt


A massive thank you goes to indie author Ember Holt for letting me read an e-ARC of The Phoenix Bloodline! This urban NA fantasy is the third book in the Fae Prison: Earth series, and if you haven’t heard of it before? Go check out my review for book one before you go any further: The Chimera Bounty. And now let’s dive into an overview!

Maeve is now an exiled Fae revolutionary, one who has wholeheartedly embraced the desire to overthrow a tyrannical empire. But planning a rebellion from a prison realm was never going to be easy, especially when everyone is hunting her for her phoenix bloodline. Although Dante wishes Maeve would embrace the Alpha bond between them, her focus is still on saving Corvin (and others) from a disease that is killing them. But what happens when Maeve and her friends are tracked across the realms? Can anyone save Maeve from being enslaved? Unlikely allies will be found in war, but at what cost to Maeve and those she loves?

Cover image of The Phoenix Bloodline by Ember Holt is to the bottom left of an image of a starry sky over water. Added text: Maeve's in danger no matter where she goes, all because she's a phoenix... Can Dante and her friends keep her safe? Or will they die trying?
How does this urban NA fantasy series just keep getting better?!

Happiness Boost:

Ember, please, *please* give us more. By tomorrow. That’s not asking for too much, right? I know it is, but with The Phoenix Bloodline full of twists and turns, and the fate of every realm across the universe in peril… I am fangirling *so* hard behind this screen! And can we talk about these realms, specifically Toksis? It never even crossed my mind that a realm can have an entity at its core. I love that there’s a sentient being for every world, and love even more how Toksis and Maeve’s relationship is reshaped over time! The surprises that pop up in this series are honestly such a delight.

In The Phoenix Bloodline, a mature relationship is clearly evident between Dante and Maeve. After the horrors she’s gone through with Corvin in The Starlite Heist, it is so refreshing to see her being treated with respect and love! She absolutely deserves this, and I’ve been cheering for them every step of the way. This NA fantasy also shows how a fractious group of people can become an incredibly strong found family. Give me more of this beautiful trope, and the brilliantly chaotic ‘unalive you’ vibes from Dante when Maeve’s under threat!

Okay, I said this before with book one, but seriously… Chimeras. Isn’t it the best thing ever, to get more than just a common shifter like a wolf?! Maeve’s phoenix, jackal and hare are a powerful combination, and I’m loving every second of seeing her grow more powerful with every death defying adventure. Give me more, Ember. Please? I am *so* ready to gobble it up like ice cream and chocolate!


I don’t have a downside!

Final Thoughts:

The Phoenix Bloodline by indie author Ember Holt is an exceptional urban NA fantasy, featuring a chimera ready to bring down an empire. I am so in love with Maeve’s story, and would read the next book right now if only it was available! If you love the sound of this story from my review? Just click on the link below to order a copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can pre-order The Phoenix Bloodline via this link: Amazon

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