Review ~ Birthright by E.J. Stevens

Posted July 17, 2015 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review ~ Birthright by E.J. StevensBirthright by E.J. Stevens
Series: Ivy Granger #4
Published by Sacred Oaks Press on July 14, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 274
3 Stars
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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Being a faerie princess isn't all 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...

I really think that this series, at least the main books, should be read in order. It has been a year since I read Burning Bright (book 3), and I felt a little lost at first trying to remember the details on why Ivy was in the situation she was in. The main idea is present, but I struggled trying to pull the scenes from my head.

The opportunity that Ivy has been waiting for is finally here. I was a little upset at how much of a secret Ivy kept her plans. I am a big fan of the side characters in this series, and cutting them down to just a couple made me a little sad.

The trip to Faerie brought some interesting characters, a couple of pretty dangerous encounters and some amazing changes to Ivy. I found the path to the Wisp court the most exciting. After she is there, we have pops of what happens over the time span, but just enough to give you an idea of where Ivy is at. I felt like the events were stretched over a very long period of time. This should, and probably will in the next book, but in this one, that big time lapse didn’t cause as much of a problem. I thought it should have caused more conflict.

After we have this big jump in time and we are back to current happenings as they happen, a lot of really big revelations happen. When we thought Ivy’s whole world was changed from being in the Wisp court, it gets changed even more when truths are unveiled! For the present, these revelations definitely work to her favor, but they are going to create a whole slew of new issues back in the human world.

I felt that the portions of the story that dealt with Ivy learning her new skills, and jumped huge timelines, took me out of the story a bit. It does point out some of the skills she learns, and some of the strangeness of her family. It was just too long of a space for me. At first I was reading it and thought things were rolling along at the usual pace, then it smacked me with how long she’d actually been there. When we finally get to the point where we are not jumping time spans, the action picks up and the story gets fun again. We have the interactions with the side characters that I enjoyed. I did disagree with Ivy on how the situation ended with her family. I felt that despite the drastic step she took, she should have been more final. I think she left herself open to future problems. But that may have been the point.

The trip back to the human world seemed to happen fast and easy, but the setup for our next adventure pops up within minutes after their arrival. I’m not expecting any time lapse between Birthright and the next book, Hound’s Bite. I’m really interested on the reactions of the people she left behind to her reappearance.

I did not get quite the excitement with Birthright as I did with the previous books. I think that big jump in time was the culprit for me. I am looking forward to events that have been setup for Hound’s Bite. The way Birthright ended kept you wanting to jump right into the next one!

About E.J. Stevens

E.J. Stevens writes poetry, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the young adult paranormal SPIRIT GUIDE series (SHE SMELLS THE DEAD, SPIRIT STORM, LEGEND OF WITCHTROT ROAD, BRUSH WITH DEATH, THE PIRATE CURSE) and the IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series (SHADOW SIGHT, BLOOD AND MISTLETOE, GHOST LIGHT, CLUB NEXUS, BURNING BRIGHT).

When E.J. isn’t at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. She currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.