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Birthright (The Dark Gifts Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Willow Cross , Brittany Carrigan , Airicka's Mystical Creations
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Birthright (Book I in The Dark Gifts series)

For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control.

Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into an ancient war between rival vampire factions. She must choose between those she loves and the ever-present darkness attempting to devour her very soul.

Only one question remains: Will Liz claim her birthright or surrender to the dark gift?

One choice.

One chance.

Two destinies.

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About the Author

Willow Cross resides in Arkansas with her husband, two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a neurotic dog named Tank. Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

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  • File Size: 1869 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Willow Cross; special edition edition (January 2, 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052F7IHQ
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "THE DARK GIFTS: BIRTHRIGHT" (REVIEW) August 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition

I am on a continuous search for something different when it comes to vampires. Not necessarily that the entire concept has to be changed but at least that the story is different and not the same old vampire falls in love with human type deal. I can even deal with that as long as there is an underlying story that drives the synopsis further than just revolving around the romance.

I can honestly say that Willow Cross has done just that, she has written a story that moves away from the simple romance we are all so familiar with to an actual plot that is full of action and intrigue. When Liz is turned by accident and not in the usual way you'd imagine, the Council decides that she must stay hidden until they can trust her.

All their good intentions come crashing down when those that believe she is a nuisance decide to overthrow the Council once and for all. Her maker Michael and her are plunged into a world full of turmoil as they have no choice but to run for their lives.

Another aspect that was refreshing was Willow's use of the Greek Goddesses. I have always wanted to believe that some of the myths from old were still out there, just having put themselves in a place they could live comfortably. What better way to do this than to become a creature with the ability to hide for eternity.

I'm a huge fan of Greece and Roman culture so that was another wonderful surprise. I think a lot of people will enjoy this story and it's one that you should definitely pick up! Thank you Willow for the opportunity to read your novel and review it!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time for a GOOD Vampire Book August 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is fantastic and refreshing, especially for someone in love with the paranormal and is so tired of terrible YA (she met he, she fell for he, he said no, then said yes, sex, sex, sex -- oh with vampires and stuff).

This is so refreshing, genuinely creepy, great new concepts, real scary (not just romanticized, but that, too) vampires. It's just honestly a great book. And I'm excited for the new book releasing soon.

Self-publishing at it's best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Awesome Awesome October 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Definitely will not be disappointed!!!! Great vampire story!!!
I have nothing but good things to say about this book. Yes, it took me a minute to get into the story but that had everything to do with outside noise and not this book. If I was going to complain about anything in this book, it would be that I knew enough about the bad guys to know that they were the bad guys. They were important to the story in the sense that they were the reason everything was happening (if that makes sense) but I didn't care about them. I did care about Liz and Michael and their band of misfits.
I think this is the first book that I've read that I wasn't really clear who the hero was going to be. I had read the blurb and knew what the story was about. But ignoring what I was supposed to know and just experiencing the book as I read, there were opportunities for other people to step up to the plate and fill that role. Is it bad to not know who the hero of the story is? Only if there aren't any characters that you care about. And in Birthright, there were plenty of characters to grow attached to.
I have to say that I am not always a fan of romances that are so unexpected that they pound you in the face like a baseball out of left field. But I loved the dynamic between Michael and Liz. It was unexpected and there was definitely some interesting chemistry at work, but they did not rush into something, their feelings were believable and sweetly awesome! I am definitely looking forward to the digging into the next book.

Recommendation? Definitely check out Dark Gifts: Birthright, you will not be disappointed!

Starr K
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love me some vampires and witches! February 18, 2012
I am completely shocked that I hadn't read this book yet! I am totally taken with the characters, the story, everything. I love how Willow Cross writes! Her writing is fluid and she takes us through a story well. Birthright begins with Liz going before the council, but then it takes us back to her memory of how she got there. Let me tell you, it's not easy to pull this off and she did a great job with doing it a few times in the beginning to let us know how Liz got where she was and also where the story was going. Loved it and props for pulling that off without a hitch.

Ok! Love me some vampires and some witches!

Also, I'm going to say again that I love fight scenes and there are a few in this book. So, I was happy with them.

I have to say that my favorite part of this book is the vampire connection with the vampire and the maker. I love this. For some it is of a parent and child, for some it is a connection of lovers, and no one else can come close to the connection that a vampire and their maker have. The connected vampires have a psychic connection as well. This part of the book, is literally the love story for me. Even the vampires who are connected as parent and child...the connection is basically the essence of their being. I'm very impressed with the story Willow Cross has given us here.

The story in Birthright comes full circle and leaves us satisfied, but wanting more from the author. I highly recommend her books. I also finished Oceans of Red and that was great too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Must Read!
I loved this book ... Willow is amazing!! You connect with the characters, she makes you feel like you are there. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Penny Winnell Brosze
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!! On my... To read again list.
Willow Cross is an amazing writer who can grab you and take you on some scary, sexy, and chill giving rides with her writings. "The Dark Gifts: Birthrights" OMG! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Faith A Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully written..
A great story of Vampires, witches , druids, ghosts...

You would think with so many types of people the story would be awkward, but it wasn't! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stacey Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
I think Willow Cross is an amazing author and story teller!! I really LOVE her writing!! Keep up the GREAT work Willow!!
Published 14 months ago by Kim freidhoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
This book was way different than any other vampire book I have read. It is action packed with witch craft, training for battles, actual battles, and even some romance. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very captivating and enjoyable story!
What a wonderful story of mystery....danger....learning one's destiny... above all else love. Liz finds herself intrigued with a handsome man who lures her away from her friends... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dsaraceni
4.0 out of 5 stars Witches and Wizards and Vampires, oh my.
Astounding, Birthright turned out to be other than I expected, it was more. I wasn't expecting to find goddesses as the mother's of vampires or vampires with a human child. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Author Robin Loveless
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to what could be a good series
This started off as your average human turned by vamp. But it wasn't that clear cut.
Liz was turned by one bite when its impossible for that to happen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly awesome.
Review: Birthright (The Dark Gifts) by Willow Cross
Wow, what an amazing read. If you are even remotely interested in vampires witches and the supernatural then you have to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
This book was a great read.
When Michael turns Liz, by accident, he didn't realize the trouble it would cause. It seems that trouble finds them no matter which way they turn. Read more
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Willow Cross is a multi-genre author who resides in Indiana. She also moonlights as a radio talk show host for The World of Ink Network's The Paranormal Hour. A self-proclaimed vamp enthusiast, were-hunter, prankster, dreamer, story teller, benevolent dictator of minions, and chocolate lover, she spends her free time with family and friends, as well as participating in paranormal investigations.

Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

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