Friday, November 20, 2015

#Friday Review - Birthright by E.J. Stevens (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Ivy Granger # 4
Format: E-Galley, 274 pages
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Being a faerie princess isn't what it's cracked up to be...

Ivy must go to Faerie, but the gateway to the Wisp Court is through Tech Duinn, the house of Donn--Celtic god of the dead. Just her luck.

Unable to share her secret with Jinx, and with Jenna called away on Hunters' Guild business, Ivy must rely on Ceff and Torn to lead her to Death's door, literally, and back again. As if that wasn't dangerous enough, there's no saying what horrors lay in store within the Faerie realm. Too bad the Wisp Court is the one lead Ivy has in the search for her father--and possible salvation.

Maybe hiding away and dodging sidhe assassins isn't so bad after all..

Birthright is the FOURTH installment in E.J. Stevens' Ivy Granger series. Welcome back to Harborsmouth, home to Psychic Detective Ivy Granger, and a plethora of Otherworld beings who can only be seen by those like Ivy who have the second sight. Ivy is also a bit different from the rest of the Otherworlders. She's a Wisp Princess who is supposed to be dead after the events of Burning Bright

Not appearing in public after dying and coming back to life, puts a real damper on Ivy and her best friend, roommate, and business partner Jinx's finances. With everyone in the community believing that Ivy died, she can't exactly expose herself without further troubles from the Faerie's who blame her for exposing the existence of the Otherworlders. She can, however, find ways to sneak out to spend quality time with Ceff.

Ivy is still set on traveling to Faerie on Solstice to discover more information about her father, and her abilities that have brought trouble down on her head. Her only stumbling block is that she can't tell any human, and that means lying to Jinx. Now that she has the key to Tech Duinn, and two traveling partners in her boyfriend Ceff, king of the kelpies, and Torn, the King of the Cat Sidhe,  she can hopefully discover truths about her heritage, her abilities, and the whereabouts of her father. 

I think of this story as perhaps a bridge to the rest of Stevens intended books she plans to write. We do get interesting new characters like the Baphomet (goat headed demon), Morrigan (the goddess of war), Donn, (the god of the dead), and an uncle Kade, that Ivy has never met, but wants a whole lot more than Ivy is willing to give. Birthright is the ideal name for this book and the cover brings to life a key scene in the book. 

The story unlocks a few head spinning secrets and mysteries that you can probably guess if you pay attention to the little bread crumbs Stevens' lays out for you. Ivy spends a great deal of time without Ceff and Torn but, I won't say why, or spoil what happens. Instead, she spends a lot of time with Kade learning about her abilities, and perhaps getting a whole lot stronger in the process.

Birthright will give readers a whole new sense about who Ivy really is, while also being the first book in the series that takes place mostly outside of Ivy's home. You can really tell that she values her friendship with Jinx, while putting up with Torn's antics because he and Ceff are the only ones willing to put their lives on the line for Ivy and her search for answers in Faerie. Things have a habit of happening around Ivy that perhaps might not be such a good thing. But, that is what makes this series so interesting. You never know what Ivy and her crew will be forced to face next.

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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