Book Review: Birthright by Willow Cross

  • Review: Birthright
  • Series: The Dark Gifts
  • Author: Willow Cross
  • No of Pages: ebook 535
  • Release Date: Published March 2nd 2011 by Willow Cross, via Smashwords


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.


Another growl rumbled through her chest as she took a step forward and to the side.

The man’s hands went up in front of him. “Now just calm down.”  Still eyeing the door, he made a running break for it.

She slammed it shut before he could make it out. Cat-like, she pounced. She saw nothing other than the red haze covering her vision. Hot, slightly bitter fluid poured down her gullet, squelching the burn. Dizzy with the nearly orgasmic feel of it, her jaw tightened and she felt her teeth sink deeper into his flesh. His shrieks could not block out the slurping-sucking sounds as she drank. Inwardly screaming at herself to stop, she had no control. Nothing would stop the darkness from draining every last drop of the delicious nectar.

Within seconds, his cries of terror changed to barely audible pleas for mercy. “Don’t. You don’t have to. Please.”

The door behind them splintered from the hinges and slammed into them. Flying backward, Liz lost her hold on the man and scrambled to her feet. The raven haired man from the night before stood between her and the prey. “Get out of my way,” she hissed.

My thoughts:

First of all, this book was absolutely perfect for the Fall season! There are vampires, witches, ghosts and even yes, demons!! And these creatures are not just thrown in there for fluff, oh no! Willow Cross does a great job at making them make sense!

So, the plot was really good. I loved additions as I said above but it was such a good read. Not exactly candy easy but easy enough to plow through and beg for more! The beginning was the only thing that got me a little thrown off but really that was less than five percent until I started getting what was going on. And once I did, man oh man, I loved every word to the end!

The characters were great. I really like Liz even though she’s your average girl become vamp that doesn’t see her true potential. She’s very human. It’s almost odd to think of her as a vampire but yes, she definitely does drink blood and has fangs, so whether I believe it or not it’s true. But maybe that’s because her humanity is also so close to the surface. She has a huge amount of empathy for everyone and I just love that about her.

I really like all the character but I think my personal favorite is Big Jon. He’s a riot!

“I don’t believe I like your tone, youngster.” Big Jon’s clipboard dropped to the ground as he began rolling up his sleeves.

“Oh yeah? Well I don’t think I like you period. You seem to think you’re pretty big shit around here.” He looked around at the others. The onlookers stared back.

“You have about two seconds to reconsider your tone, boy.”

That was it. The young one flew across the meager space between them and unloaded several blows against Jon’s head. Jon didn’t so much as flinch as the young man threw three solid punches against his jaw. After the third hit, he stopped and stared incredulously at Big Jon.

Big Jon’s mouth slid into a crooked vicious smile. “My turn.” He threw one punch that bowled him end over end into the group of onlookers. Fists began flying and an all out brawl ensued. By the time the fracas was over, there were black eyes, cuts and scrapes for nearly thirty of them.

This is the first of three and this does leave you on a bit of a cliffhanger. You get enough answers to keep you happy but not enough to let the series go! I’m seriously looking foward to the second and third in the series now. Willow’s writing is definitely something that I look forward to. Just enough information for the story, fighting to keep you entertained and conversations to keep the flow.

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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