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Set in a land where magic has faded into the stuff of legend, and a corrupt council dominates the realm, Birthrights is a story that grapples with the concept of the truth - following two young men who are navigating its shifting sands in a world on the brink of civil war.

The son of a street sweeper and last in line of a disgraced family, Whym has grown up in the RatsNest slum of the capital. In the hopes of escaping his father's fate, he accepts an apprenticeship to be a seeker - something akin to a modern-day bounty hunter. Soon, he finds himself entangled in a web of treachery and set forth on a perilous journey across the Lost Land to locate a creature of myth and magic - a journey that will not only transform Whym, but shape the future of the realm.

Meanwhile, Quint - the privileged son of a powerful religious leader who has been groomed to inherit his father's role - abandons his faith to join the fight against a corrupt council. As the adviser to a remote tribe in the Fringe, Quint must find within himself the wisdom and fortitude to save the people from the invading army - and their own leaders.

Told in alternating perspectives against a backdrop of heightening civil unrest, Birthrights tracks Whym and Quint as they are forced to distill what they believe, and decide on whose side they will stand in the coming conflict. The first installment in McNeal's four-part Revisions to the Truth series, Birthrights is all at once a heart-pounding page-turner and a thoughtful, timely meditation on the unwieldy nature of the truth.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 538 pages
  • 150 x 229 x 36mm | 590g
  • Elevate Fiction
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1945449217
  • 9781945449215

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"J. Kyle McNeal managed to convince me, draw me in, entertain me, and glue me to the pages... While Birthrights obviously gets some pointers from the masters of the genre - and being absolutely innovative is almost impossible these days - the book feels fresh and I wasn't bored at any stage of reading it... Experienced readers will understand when I say it's a book you can get comfortable with, and kind of get attached to."
Kim Anisi
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"The standard by which I recommend any book is one of value. I can safely say I've gotten hours of entertainment from reading Birthrights, still more from thinking about it, and I'm sure I'll read it again before Broken Oaths, the next book in the series (due in 2018) comes out... Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal is an expansive and exciting work of fantasy that holds the reader's interest over well-written terrain."
Ellen Putnam
Charlotte Geeks

"A fantasy of magic, power, corruption, and coming of age, all told in a vigorous prose."
Dr. Terry Norton
Professor Emeritus of Literacy, Winthrop University

"Kyle McNeal builds a diverse world, rich in history, steeped in mythology, and peopled with complex characters. Beginning on the first page, raw, beautiful language immerses the reader in a story that carries one from the slums of RatsNest to the edge of the Fringe. A pleasure to read."
Lisa Dunn
Author of The Chasmaria Chronicles
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65 ratings
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