Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: Birthright by Vivian Eve


By Vivian Eve

Blurb: Its king murdered in cold blood by friend and foe alike, the once magnificent kingdom of Arenhed has fallen to its knees. Without a proper heir to assume the throne, the nation concedes to the rule of a cruel and villainous tyrant.

When her village is attacked by the duke and his men, 16-year-old Hedy Odell's simple life is turned upside down. She loses all that is important to her: her best friend, her mother—everything. Unbeknownst to her, she is thrust in the midst of dangerous politics and into a world where everyone—and everything—is not what they seem.

Tormented by nightmares, Hedy must navigate both the treacherous landscape of the noble courts and the conflicted waters of her heart if she is to get her revenge. One misstep, and she may suffer a fate far worse than death...

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Pages: 316

Series: Talmassa Chronicles (book 1)

My Rating: 3 stars

  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fantasy and I have had our ups and downs. The genre can be amazing or just plain bizarre. It can be insanely original or a rehash of LOTR. Birthright, however, really doesn't fit into any of these categories, something that doesn't happen very often for me. It was a bit above okay; it had its imaginative moments, but also a lot of strange and rather confusing ones.

My main complaint with Birthright is that half the time it felt like too much happened in to short a time. Now, this is a pleasant alternative to what usually happens to me in fantasy novels--where nothing happens within a very long period of time--so I'll cut Birthright some slack.

Hedy's character was iffy for me. At times, I liked her. She has a sad back-story and is a strong heroine for the most part, but at times her character could also annoy me. And this is going to sound stupid, but I could never figure out exactly why.

Of course, I liked a lot of aspects in this book. Not loved, but liked. Mainly Lukas. He is arguably the most fascinating character in the bung; I found him to be complex, cute, and even though I'm sure many people might think of him as a horrible person after one of the twists to the plot occurs, I labeled him as misunderstood. I didn't think that he was as horrible as the rest of the characters thought he was, simply because of his motivation.

The more fantastical parts in the plot were pretty interesting. I thought they were original, and I liked that they were a bit darker in style than the fantasy that I am used to reading. It was a nice change in pace for me.

This is a quick read, with some good and bad aspects to it. It isn't the best fantasy I've ever read, but it was still okay.

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