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Birthright (The Dark Gifts Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story has already been examined by previous reviewers so I will focus more on the writing.
Ms. Cross is an author I have read before both in short story format and in Oceans of Red Volume One and Two. I have not been disappointed with any of the works I have read by her. Each time the story telling has had the tight, clean and crisp writing that is the hallmark of a good writer. She knows her craft and provides the reader with just the right amount of information on the characters back stories to let us get to know and understand their motivation without being wordy or superfluous. Ms. Cross is a master at the "show don't tell" rules of writing and it is once again evident in Birthright. Her books are always cleanly edited and you would have to spend a good deal of time looking to find many editing, spelling, grammar or punctuation errors. She obviously takes pride in her work and makes the effort to present a clean copy. Something lacking in many Indie and E-published authors. I always enjoy her work and this one does not disappoint.
I recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal romance, good mysteries and interesting characters. It was a good read and I quite enjoyed getting to know Liz and Michael and hope to see them again in future.
Karen Bryant Doering
In Birthright, I will say the one aspect that impacted me most was Liz's journey and growth. She had to go a long way in a short time...which she did swiftly and with grace. Nice. I also found the interactions between Liz and her fellow characters compelling. Angie, Liz's sidekick and bff, is surprising, uplifting and silly all at once. And Michael, Liz's partner...oh sweet Mother-Of-Imaginary-Eye-Candy...thank you for him! Tough, strong, and yet great with caring for children (even though he won't admit it), Michael is the perfect man. Seriously. He's perfect. I also love little Jenna...the five year old girl who will steal your heart from the very moment you meet her. Oh...I don't want to forget the witches. Yay for the witches! Without them, some of what the vampires do could never be accomplished. Also, there's Brogan. I won't tell you much about him (spoilers), let's just say he is unforgettable. You won't want to miss him.
There you go. The cast of Birthright is unforgettable. You will cheer for them, feel for them, sometimes get annoyed at their choices. It's exactly like how you feel with your friends in real life - minus the bloodsucking. :)
I give the book five-stars and highly recommend it.
I was fortunate to read this book in e-book format, and I enjoyed it so much I ordered it in print to have on my bookshelf - something I'm doing less and less of these days, as I'm running out of precious space!
The new cover is absolutely gorgeous, I adore the warm colors and the blue eyes are striking!
The first several chapters mastered the art of suspense. I kept clicking the pages, growing ever more curous as to why this young woman, Liz, was standing trial, and how the vampire Michael had broken laws in turning her.
In a series of flashbacks pulled from Liz's mind from the powerful vampire council, we start to understand. According the laws of this vampire world, a human must be bitten three time to turn, but Liz only received one bite.
She turned into a vampire alone, and I found her initial time, trying on her own to understand what had happened, both humorous and emotional. She consdered herself a monster, and had the presence of mind to understand she was not safe to be around family. Finally, her creator, Micahael, finds her and she begins a journey of self-discovery, becomes embroiled in ancient power-struggles and find out she has a place dead in the middle of it all.
The supporting characters were vibrant and unique. I enjoyed the Druid very much, especially his speach patterns, that reminded me of an old time cowboy, the kind that might be found panning for gold. But, as with others, he is far more than he apears. We are introduced to witches, as well. Minerva was a remarkable woman, and then there was a young human child, Jenna, raised by a human father, Dan, and a powerful vampire adoptive mother, Cass.
The dynamics between Cass and her husband proved immemsely rewarding, especialy after he was changed be necessity. No longer a normal husband and wife relationship, Cass was - and must be - in control of the man she loves. And Dan's new nature proves a danger to his own daughter, an intense scene that sent chills up my spine.
The Twists kept coming, too many to list, and most were a complete suprise! The writing and language choices were wonderful, giving the ancient vampires a sound all their own. Liz was kept as a young, secular girl, and I was impressed with the way young Jenna's dialogue was handled. Very hard to write for a child that age, and I wondered if the athor was a mother.
A book I highly recommend, and one I am comfoprtable and excited to pass along to my teenage daughters. Bravo, Willow Cross!