Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Birthrights has just released today and it truly deserves all the hype.

Title: Birthrights (#1)
Author: J. Kyle McNeal
Pages: 552
Publisher: Elevate Fiction (Elevate Publishing)
Publication Date: 6/6/17
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

To escape the burden of his family's past, Whym accepts an apprenticeship with a master his parents fear and revile. He soon finds himself entangled in a web of treachery and on a perilous journey to locate a creature of myth and magic-a journey that will transform Whym and shape the future of the realm.

Meanwhile, Quint, the son of a powerful religious leader, abandons his faith to join the fight against a corrupt council. As the adviser to a remote tribe, he must find in himself the wisdom and fortitude to save the people from the invading army-and their own leaders.

Civil war looms, defeated foes plot revenge, and an ancient deity schemes to destroy them all. While navigating the shifting sands of truth, the two young men must distill what they believe, and decide on whose side they will stand in the coming conflict.

'Birthrights' by J. Kyle McNeal is the first book of the "Revisions of the Truth" series, which I was sent to review by Netgalley after request.

Now, I'll be honest with you. Usually, when I am sent a book for review, I'm incredibly skeptical, and usually extra judgy whilst reading. It's like I'm looking for faults. I don't think I'm the only one.

You will be surprised to know that I was absolutely delighted with this book from start to finish. Appropriately, if you are looking for a magical read, look no further - you have found it right here in this post!

At first, it was an impulse request after seeing the cover, but when I delved inside of the brilliant, intricate world that McNeal created for us, I was stunned. I didn't think I would love it as much as I did. It was magical, full of rich history, incredible word-building, and a complex plot that was developed in an incredibly enticing manner. Not just by the writing style, but the way the whole novel was put together, with all of its elements. I wish that I could forget its contents and read it over and over again (which I will do, regardless!).

So let me tell you a few of the things I loved about it:

- First and foremost, the writing. From the very first page, it was strong, realistic, and incredibly enticing. I honestly could not stop reading, and I feel as though I have never felt this way reading any other book, not to this extent!
- The incredible, completely enveloping illustrations that just blew my mind
- The characterisation! I connected with all of the characters, no matter what little I had in common with them, because they felt real. They were young, they were old; they were flawed, they were true. They were badass.
- The clever construction of the plot. I don't want to say too much here, lest I give anything away!

I sincerely, from a place deep in my heart, encourage you all of you - lover of magic or not - to drop what you are doing and pick it up. You will not regret it!

You can buy it here.

Happy release day, Birthrights

*Photos in this post were sent to me by the author's publicist and were not taken by me!


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