The Dark Gifts Birthright

The Dark Gifts Birthright

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by Willow Cross

For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch who was 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

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For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch who was 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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Willow Cross
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Dark Gifts , #1
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12 Years

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The Dark Gifts Birthright 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
brittanyrose40 More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of those books that will have you hooked from page one!! I had a really hard time putting Birthright down, which was a really bad thing since I kept reading it right before bed. I even had several dreams about it, that's how good it is!! Birthright is definitely different from other paranormal romance/vampire type books because it actually focuses on the action instead of the love story. Willow's representation of some of the scenes were so descriptive that I had a hard time removing the visualizations from my brain. I kept playing some of the scenes over and over so much that I wished (and seriously hope) that the book becomes a movie just so I could see exactly what she was picturing when she wrote the book! You will get what I mean once you get towards the end of the book ;) I recommend this book for ALL paranormal lovers.
KatieSeco More than 1 year ago
Birthright is the first book in the series named, ¿The Dark Gifts¿ by Willow Cross. Upon finishing, I am eagerly awaiting, (not so patiently!) the next instalment! This E-Book is not your typical, vampire romance book, where there is brooding, lust and danger. It is considerably more! I found myself having to turn the ¿pages¿ every few seconds as I was just so engrossed in the story. It captivated me, had its hold on me so tightly, that I was forced into continue reading until the final page. The characters are so complex and so intricately thought out with striking, individual personalities that consequently lead you to falling in love with them. For example, you see Cass, one of the most powerful of the Witches face tremendous difficulties. You witness a side to her that you ultimately would not expect, as she is a character who you expect to keep composure. The love observed between Liz and Michael is one of a kind, extraordinary, brimming with passion. They have an understanding that many would crave. Willow has created a mystical world that you are catapulted into from the very first page. Infused into the book, has everything and anything any lover of the paranormal could ever want from a book. There are witches, vampires, ghosts, permeated with mythology and history. The story flows beautifully from the first page to the final concluding page, at the end leaving you feeling like you have lost a part of you. You feel as though you were part of the story, an observer, and it leaves you aching with neediness for the next book. There are countless twists and turns in the storyline that leave you gasping for more, forcing you to read on to find out what happens next! The way that Willow describes and her spectacular way with the words she uses, leaves you craving for more. I would without a doubt give this book a 5/5 stars and I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a must to be read. You must read it! Thank you Willow, for this amazing book!!! ~Katie (¿Beneath the Cover¿ Facebook page)
A_Wimer More than 1 year ago
Birthright grabs readers right from the start. There are no dull moments in this book making it a fast and fun read that you don't want to stop! So sorry when it did! You can't help but love the characters and cheer them on. This is definitely not your typical vampire story! Can't wait to read the next one!! Keep up the good work Ms. Cross!
Monkeycstars More than 1 year ago
Not the typical vampire story. Interesting from the very beginning. Liz is brought forth to the Vampire Council to learn her fate and the fate of her Maker. Liz has been accidentally turned by Michael, who is a Vampire. It all started with a kiss... He is confused because it takes 3 encounters to be turned, but he was only with Liz this one time. Liz is special. She has powers that she shouldn't have so early on. As soon as Liz is turned, she and Michael have this intense connection and they don't like to be apart. There is a war going on and Liz and Michael are right in the middle of it. Liz finds out an interesting secret about her family that she never knew. Her family is made up of a long line of Witches. Witches and Vampires don't like each other at all. Liz learns she part of a prophecy to save humanity and she learns to fight pretty quickly. The end leaves you knowing there will be more adventures to come. Vamp lovers will love it.
LovesAllThingsBooks More than 1 year ago
I'm a total Vamp lover, so this book hooked me from the beginning. There's lots of action and even a little romance...definitely my kind of book. Liz is born from a witch family and ends up a vampire. After she is accepted into the council, the vampires divide. She must learn how to defend herself from these evil vampires, even killing them.
SamanthaD-ParaRomParty More than 1 year ago
*Originally posted on TheParaNormalRomanceParty(.)blogspot(.)com* 1st Line in the Book---> "This was crazy." REVIEW: Well let just say to Mrs. Cross, Thank you for writing this great story!!! I understand how many times people will just make assumptions that its another 'Twilight' theme read when they read its about Vampires. HECK NO ITS NOT!!! From the moment you begin to read, it throws you into the story! You have no idea whats going on and all you can do hold on for the ride!! Elizabeth Markum is thrust into this world when she is accidentally turned into something she never thought existed! A vampire! All she wanted to do was get to know the mysterious but handsome man she caught staring at her. Now she must be brought before the council and judged to see if she is trustworthy and able to adapt into her new life. Her maker Michael is shocked when he realizes that he has become Liz's Maker. That was the last thing he wanted although he was attracted to her from the moment he saw her. Being the Council's best and only executioner, he has gained many enemies. So having a weakness is something he cannot afford. Especially when a rebellion sprouts against the Council. A war is coming. I loved the use of different myths and themes embedded into the story. There are witches, vampires, druids, ghosts, demons and greek mythology, just to name a few! There are soo many twists and turns in this book. It keeps you guessing and on your toes. One moment you may think you have it all figured out, then out of nowhere .another element is added to the plot! There is action and mystery along with a little romance. There were many characters that were introduced and played important parts. I only wished we could have seen more character depth in Liz and Micheal. I understand that the author wanted to explain what was going on, but at times I had to remind myself that the story's main characters were Liz and Michael and it all revolved around them. The different POV did a very well job moving the plot forward and getting to know the other characters, but it left we wondering at times.... are we getting a new main character for the rest of the story??? The story begins with Liz and Michael. I got soo interested in their characters, when suddenly the story pulls away from them and focuses on others. The good thing is towards the end, we get more of the H/H again!! Everything else in the book was great!! This is the first book in the series! I loved the storyline and the plot. Liz is a great character she is smart, honest and wise but can kick some major A**!! Michael is loyal, protective and fierce but can be loving when it comes to Liz. I will definitely be waiting anxiously for the next book!! There is a long road ahead for Liz, Michael and the rest of the gang as they try to win the war between good vs evil!!
lillmiss222 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for readers of all ages. I love the way the various paranormal entities are interwoven. This story grabs you from the beginning and is non stop goodness. Very reminiscent of early Anne Rice. Can't wait for the next one in the series.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"THE DARK GIFTS: BIRTHRIGHT" BY WILLOW CROSS 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
Chajua Peterson More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the next one
dlsully75 More than 1 year ago
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. I was expecting a typical vampire novel and was excited to find so much more. Vampire law states you are not allowed to make new vampires without the approval of the Council. One night while at a fair, Michael accidentally turns Liz which sets off a series of events that will suck you into the story and not let you go. All at once, Liz is not the typical human anymore. She is a vampire, drinking blood, fighting battles and eventually becoming much more than she ever imagined. She also finds out there are generations of witches in her family. There were several different characters in this book and the author focused on all of them instead of just Michael and Liz. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. You not only had vampires, but you also had witches and ghosts. I also like the fact that even though Michael and Liz fell in love, the whole story isn't just about that. There was a lot of background and action and a really good plot. I enjoyed this book and will definitely watch for the next one in the series. *I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vampires, witches, romance and prophecy all rolled into one. Willow makes this story flow so well with all the characters making you think you are there with them. Can't wait for the next book to see how their story progresses 
Jenny1977 More than 1 year ago
OMG!! What a wonderful story of vampire romance!!! The things you would do for love is all in this book!! From Micheal and Liz's story of romance and love to Cass' love and loss and regain! The story is wonderful! It talks about the present and past events of each character and how they came about and is basically family in a vampire-sire kind of way! The main characters had to fight through their problems and I love how Willow incorporated each problem into the story one at a time and yet how each problem was part of another problem. Everything started just because Micheal made the first mistake and the whole chain-of-events happened! I loved the how magic was incorporated into the story as well. Just an overall MUST read! Thank you Willow, and lots of love!
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
A spectacular book with bite. Willow Cross successfully manages to create a paranormal romance of epic proportions, in her full length novel Birthright. Her main characters, Liz and Michael, are brought to life by the strong narrative, impressive craft and control of their dialogue and by beautifully detailed descriptions. The pace, from start to finish, is fluid and allows the reader to become active cheerleaders for Willow Cross' characters. There's rarely a moment that the author allows the reader to lose sight of the characters' motives and desires. The author takes her characters, and her readers, on a gripping journey filled with action, mystery and romance. But this is so much more than your average paranormal romance. Birthright breaks conventions and tiresome patterns associated with this genre. And as such, it's a book very of a re-read and therefore an amazing 5 fairies. Disclosure: This book was purchased by Bex as a personal read.
Albinomex More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! I started with the companion book Afterlife & immediately purchased Birthright. One day later I've finished it & ready for more! I do believe this is my newest favorite book! Willow Cross brought her characters to life & they instantly had me hooked! It's hard to decide who my favorite character would be, but honestly how can you go wrong with vampires, witches, goddesses, & a druid!!??!! She has exciting new twists around every corner that definitely made me want to keep going! I look forward to reading more of her books!
JenniferWarrickDavis More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked from the very start. It isn't you everyday, same ole, blah, blah, blah, vampire book. It is hard to right a review for this book and not give something away and still give this book all the credit it deserves. There is a little romance, but it is centered around the thrill and action, it is full of twist and turns and doesn't let up. And not to mention there are also ghost, witches and a druid, OH MY! The author has a real skill for describing the characters and the scenes. It mad me feel as I was watching it play word by word in my head. I could see this being a big hit if it were to be turned into a movie. This book was just what I needed, something new and different. willow Cross is a blooming author and I see her grow with each book of hers I pick up. I highly recommend this book to all paranormal readers, especially someone who loves the "tingle" here and there of the romance, but craves the thrills and action of the fight with a twist of what fate has in store.
Literary_VixenAP More than 1 year ago
This book was an interesting take on vampires. It follows the lore well and creates a sense of structure of the vampire world. Liz is our main character and is a strong person in dealing with the changes in her life and her new role in the war of the Vampire groups. Her mate, Michael, is also an intriguing character, seems to remain pretty grounded throughout and very deadly. Overall I enjoyed the book. It did take me a long time to read this book, and I do read multiple books at once btw. I found the huge cast of characters a bit daunting at first, but they seemed to each have some sort or role, no matter how small. I think the length was a bit much for me; it was not a quick read. The book leads into some tangents that would confuse me at first but seemed to be resolved for the most part at the end. I really liked how well she mixed the different supernatural beings, such as witches and ghosts, together and blended them into a united front in some ways rather than pitch them against each other all the time. Overall, a more traditional take on vampires with some other magical creature factions tossed in.
dani1982 More than 1 year ago
With so many Vampire books out there I was a little skepitcal about this book at first, however, I have to say I am very happy to have read it. A great fantasy book that includes several details that you already know (if you read/watch anyting vampires) and also several new things. Willow makes the characters come alive and you are instantly pulled into the book wondering if Liz will make the right choices and hoping that it all works together in the end. I am very excited to continue to read this series!
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
Willow Cross is an amazing author! I got this book, and fell in love with it. I can not wait to read more from this author. The story flowed and even though it was 263 pages, it was awesome. I wish it could have been longer since I did not want to stop reading it, but I am hoping this author will continue writing about Michael and Liz, and all the other characters. I want to see where this book can go. I highly recommended this book and this author to everyone. If you love Paranormal books you will love this one! Please go and pick it and read it. I am almost certain you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best mixture of vamporism and witches
Sweetsnuggs More than 1 year ago
This book is a perfect mixture of Vampires, Witches, and a twist on Mythology. The characters are brilliantly written. True love, war, the battle within oneself between what is right and wrong. This book truly has it all. For me, the first couple of chapters were a little all over the place. But once you figure out what is going on, it picks up and grabs your attention, never letting it go. The story of learning who you are, no matter the circumstances, is perfectly written. Its an amazing book for the YA readers. I'm afraid if I go into too much detail, I'll give it all away (once I start, I won't know when to stop!) The book leaves you dying to know what happens next! I honestly can not wait to see what comes from this amazing writer next! For me, its a definite must read, and 5 out of 5 stars! Great work by the amazing Willow Cross!
RaeZRyans More than 1 year ago
Willow Cross brings excitement, suspense and a whole underground mystical world to life with her first installment in The Dark Gifts series. Introduced to Liz and Michael we quickly learn of the vampire world when she is bitten. Her life turned upside down, and the looming threat of the cataclysmic undoing of the vampire world. She must quickly learn how to become not only a vampire, but a vampire killer in order to survive and protect her new family. With the vampire war beginning, a battle ensues for not only power but restoration of the old ways that have allowed the vampires to live in secrecy. With the council in question, and time running short, will Liz and Michael be able to pull off the impossible? My opinion of “The Dark Gifts Birthright” by Willow Cross: I could not put this book down, and this says a lot. Filled with page turning suspense, a bit of romance, and the fantasy world of vampires; I was easily sucked into her world. Birthright will easily entertain young adults (and older ones too!) as well as those who love vampire stories. Willow Cross intertwines her characters into the scenery that you’ll feel as if you’re right there fighting with Liz and Michael. You feel like you’re as much apart of the story as any other character in the book. If you love vampires, ghosts, witches and even druids than you will absolutely fall in love with “The Dark Gifts Birthright.” Even more, you will fall in love with the exceptional writing style that encompasses Willow Cross. This alone will leave you begging, for more!
cbahr More than 1 year ago
***(Slightly Spoliery)***I was introduced to Willows writing when I read Oceans of Red volume 1. My only complaint then was the story was too short because I had really gotten into it. With Birthright it was great and not so short. Willow simply has a way with words that bring you into the world she so perfectly weaves. While a lot of stories take some build up to get you into the action this one starts right off with Liz's transformation. You are hauled right away into a world that neither you or Liz understands and you learn with her the rules of being a vampire and the bond that binds her to Michael. Before she can even get a handle on her new world and the fact that she can no longer be part of the family she had before she was turned she is thrust into even more danger by a greedy, heartless, old vampire who has had it out for her for who knows how long... I have to say that when she meets the witches it is one of the best parts ever and little what a twist. All along I thought it was William. Even now at the end of the book I am left to wonder where is Cass and Dan? Will they be back? Is Jenna and Angie really okay? All in all it's a great read and Im going to get the second in the series now only having paused long enough to write out this review.
ida_doodlebug More than 1 year ago
can't wait to read the book! so many good reviews and not a single one less than 4 stars! already in my shopping cart just have to wait for it to ship. ;/ :)
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JacquieMT More than 1 year ago
Michael found what he thought was only going to be his lunch, but once he bit into Liz it was something more than he ever thought. Michael was a hunter bringing bad vampires to justice but his life as he knew it was changing. Liz was a vampire after one bite. He knew this wasn’t possible so he had to get answers from the Council. When he went to see his father, things changed for him and Liz and a war was in the making. Angie is a young minded vampire with many skills and William is a ghost that shares information with her about the people around them. This is a very interesting and exciting story about the survival that was going to change everything. Has the little girl Jenna that they saved holding secrets that could hinder their survival? Is she the chosen one to save everyone? Ms. Cross did a wonderful job bringing this story together and filled me with excitement. I look forward to reading more from her.