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“...in order to move forward, we cannot allow ourselves to forever dwell in the past.” - Vivian Eve, Birthright
A tyrant rules Arenhed. This doesn't seem to have any effect on the life of Hedy until one day the unexpected and terrible happens. Hedy loses everything. The village she calls home, her best friend, her mother, the last of her family. And now she finds herself in a world of dangerous politics where one mistake could cost her her life and the lives of those around her. Find the description on Goodreads.
Birthright was an interesting read. Right from the very beginning, the action draws you in, and keeping things hopping. The plot is full of twists and turns, some of which you think you understand fully, but of which it is actually impossible to fully guess. The ending was certainly a shock. I had some thoughts but I certainly couldn't have guessed the true ending. Vivian Eve has created a book that is engaging, and keeps the reader guessing. She drops clues and sometimes you might be in the right direction but then you might not.
Hedy was a different character. She's haunted by nightmares that seem to make little sense, much like the nightmares that we frequently have. And yet, there are clues hidden within them. Hedy was a character that I sympathized with because she lost everything and was focused on gaining revenge for all she'd lost. It certainly drew me as a reader to her character. Lucas just seemed too detached(for good reason) for me to feel attached to him in any way and so Hedy was the character I found myself paying the most attention to and jumping into her head.
If you're a fan of fantasy books with magic, knights, and ancient times than this book is certainly one you should look into. It's a great read and one that will keep you engrossed.