The Dark Gifts Birthright by Willow Cross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Source: I can't remember and I can't find an email (sorry)
Book Description from Goodreads: Throughout the ages, druids have passed down a prophecy from one generation to the next. A girl, born of a witch clan, will become vampyre and spark a war that will divide the vampire nation. This young woman will either save humanity from vampire reign, or be the end of it. Although she’s never heard the prophecy, and doesn’t believe in witchcraft, Liz Markum is that woman.
Working with her maker, Michael, and the remaining members of the warring Vampire Council, Liz must defeat the darkness inside her, and learn to become more than a killer vampire. She must become a vampire killer.
My thoughts: This book had a great start, it grabbed my attention and I was thoroughly enjoying it.
Somewhere in the middle it began to drag and was bogged down in the details. Even though some of my interest was lost, there was enough to make me want to continue to the end.
This book is told in a narrative style. Liz has been transformed into a vampire. It is a mystery for a while, because it usually takes three bites to transform a human. Michael only bit her once, thinking that she would make a great snack. She is also a mystery because she masters the vampire powers much sooner than a newly formed vampire should. The bond between Liz and Michael is instantaneous. They go from acquaintances to madly in love in almost a heartbeat.
She finds herself in the middle of a vampire war. It pretty much takes off at her turning. Vampires are not allowed to turn another without gaining permission from the vampire council. Michael is a law abiding vampire and the assassin for the vampires. His turning of Liz heats up a great debate and old feuds.
There are many paranormal creatures in this book. You have vampires, witches, druids and ghosts. It really is entertaining and a decent book. It is worth reading, maybe not more than once though. It's currently 99 US cents on Amazon.
This book is pretty clean. There is mild swearing. While this is geared to an adult audience, I would be comfortable letting older teens read this book.