Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: Birthright by Mari Freeman

eBook, 356 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Ellora's Cave  
ISBN 13: 9781419917561
Source: Author for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Erotic Fantasy Romance
Stars: 4
Flames: 5
After an attack by something straight out of a nightmare Mary wakes up in a strange bed, in a strange place with people she has never seen in her life. These people begin to tell her of her birthright, which entails a vastly different life than she ever imagined possible. A life filled with shifters, gnomes, imps and vamps. In this new life she is Keena Priestess of the Wild, a Witch and her home is on the hidden island of WildLand. Keena’s new friends and family begin to train her for the trials that an extremely old prophecy has spoken of. Keena will have to fight magically and physically to obtain the throne and title for High Priestess. Sounds really exciting right, well that’s just the tip of the excitement iceberg.

                Keena has a short few months to learn how the fight and defend herself against her opponents. She also has to become more comfortable as a Witch and forget her human feeling about casual sex. Keena not only needs the sexual contact of others to fully come into her Witch powers but her Witch powers also needs the power exchange of other magical beings. Birthright is written in first person from Keena’s point of view. I loved Keena. She evolves from a human who always knew she was different to an incredibly strong Witch. For Keena to obtain the High Priestess throne and title she must battle her twin Feldema in the Battle of Birthright. Feldema was spoiled from the time she came to WildLand. The member of the Kith believed that she was the stronger of the twins. After all she was with them and had her full magical abilities long before anyone ever found Keena. Feldema does everything one can possibly imagine an evil twin doing and then some. The fight for the throne adds an enormous amount of tension to this book. The suspense of what obstacle is going to be tossed at Keena next left me on the edge of my seat as I was eagerly turning pages.

The romance! I mentioned already that Keena needed the sexual exchange of powers with others. In the world that this book is set in there are no taboos about multiple partners in fact it is expected. Keena being raised as a human has some issues with casual sex with multiple partners. She does find herself not only attracted to but drawn on a primal level to Tynan and Jordan. Tynan is a Vampire Lord and Jordan is the half Demon head of security. The romance is hot. Keena can’t just fall into bed with these two. Her human side wants the connection, the passion and the loving relationship. The connection that she has with the two men is amazing. I loved the way her Witch nature heightened the connection. There is an interesting happily ever after with Birthright. Keena gets two sexy men. It’s not ménage. The three are never together at the same time. I just want to warn someone who may not be interested in this nature of happily ever after.

Birthright is priced extremely low at just $1.49, for such a great full length novel that is an incredible price. 

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