Jinji is imprisoned in the dungeons, unsure of what is going to happen to her and if Rhen is alive. Above her in the castle Rhen is in a coma, but when he wakes he finds his world has changed. His father and oldest brother are dead, leaving his new born nephew as king, and his best friend Jin is actually a woman. With enemies surrounding them, and Jin and Rhen growing closer, they must work together, as the fate of humanity is in their hands.
The Spirit Heir is a really good sequel to The Shadow Soul as it is fast paced and well written. I am really hooked to this story as it is addictive, it has more action and romance than the previous book.
Jin is stronger in this book and is more world wise, but she is still naïve and a nice person. Rhen has become more responsible but I do miss the more carefree person he was in the last book, he is also more comfortable with his powers but not with how people treat him now. I love the sweet romance between the two of them and I like that they still have the friendship from the previous novel but it has developed into something more.
I am really looking forward to reading the next book The Phoenix Born. I would recommend The Spirit Heir to fans of the rest of the A Dance of Dragons series, and this series to fans of really enjoyable YA fantasy novels.