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  • Ascension, Book 1
  • By: L. Fergus
  • Narrated by: Mary L Phillips
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Birthright

By: L. Fergus
Narrated by: Mary L Phillips
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Summary

Every god has an origin.

Kita's constantly on the run from her parents trying to build a life for herself. She's an undefeated sword duelist and risen to underboss in the Shadow Guild, but her family keeps dragging her back to her life as a duke's daughter—and no one will explain why.

What Kita doesn't know is her future was written before she was born.

When the commander of the Legion of Yorq arrives to recruit a member of the noble family, Kita's mother informs Kita of her destiny: A powerful role in Arcone, a place Kita's never heard of. This is the opportunity Kita longs for—it will take her far from home and give her protection from her father.

But nothing's free.

To claim her birthright, Kita must win the harrowing Proving Ritual but the deadly challenge may be more than Kita can handle. She would rather die than live with failure. But to win, she may be forced to reveal her darkest secret.

©2019 Chelsea Feeny (P)2022 Chelsea Feeny

Critic reviews

Best Overall, The Pearl Awards

1st Place, Science FIction, The Lilac Awards

1st Place, Science Fiction, LGBT+ Wattys

1st Place, Science Fiction, The Blue Rose Awards

1st Place, Science Fiction, Eminence Awards

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fantastic audiobook version

over all fantastic, though there is a few cases of names being pronounced wrong the first time then back to the correct way for the rest of the book. Her verison of kitas inner thoughts add a really interesting spin to it, sits on the edge of sain.

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  • andrew
  • 27-06-22

WOW!

This book series falls into a genre I love. It brings in si-fi, mid-evil, and assigns!!! The character build-up is great. Fergus starts at the bedrock taking to account that you know nothing about this world and the story is built up in a fun way that helps you understand the world you are attempting to envision. The main character is a total badass! She has power, a crazy awesome attitude, and will slaughter just about anything if push comes to shove.

I have been waiting for a new series that treads in the vein of The Lies of Locke Lamora, this hits it on the head... HARD! The storyline is great, the characters are dynamic and the flow of the book is easy to track. I will be plowing through this series!

For the Audiobook, the reader is on point! MAry L. Phillips always does an awesome job!

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  • Alex
  • 28-05-22

The book that started it all.

Having followed this series since its conception, i can confidently say that the first book will have you hooked from the start. The foundation set by this book will leave you wanting to see just what crazy thing is going to happen next to kita. 10/10 i would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Kristen
  • 26-05-22

Well done

Birthright is the beginning of the story of Kita the fallen angel. This Ascension series explains Kita's origins and the reason for her bloodlust. She has a berserking ability that makes her a fierce assassin and warrior. It also affects her emotions until she eventually learns to control it. This series is set in a medieval-style world with lords and ladies, knights etc. The next series, Game of the Gods, takes place after Kita has become immortal and has grown into her "fallen angel" nickname. It takes place in a larger universe and alien characters are added to the mix.
Kita is not the most likeable character but she is certainly one of the most complex. Despite her evil qualities, there are lines even she won't cross and she is incredibly loyal to those who stand by her. I would recommend all Kita books to anyone who enjoys plenty of action and sci-fi. They're reminiscent of some of the best anime series. You don't have to be LGBTQ+ to really enjoy these books (and while this book doesn't delve as much into Kita's relationships, the next books will).
For the voice performance specifically: I loved it! The voice actress did an excellent job and even did the Scottish accent of the Arconians. Well done.

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  • Linn F. Neilson
  • 18-05-22

A Bad Girl You'll Love

I've read the series and enjoyed Mary Phillips performance. Birthright is a great setup to the Ascension series. Not only is Birthright fun but everything comes together in the next book when the series begins to cook . Kita is a fun bad girl that I fell in love with. Her dedication, loyalty, and care for her friends is enjoyable and a nice counter to her dark side.

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  • MRod
  • 15-05-22

No narrative thread

The story didn’t really feel like a story, it just kind of bounced from one crazy thing to another. This made the many problematic tropes and lackluster character develop even more glaring