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The Arrival (BirthRight Trilogy #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,382 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
On a world where sword and sorcery rule, a feud between two archaic families threatens to eradicate the oldest line of Kings. Only one thing can tip the balance, the return of the Elementals.
In Wellington, New Zealand, four friends cast a love spell unaware that within each of them a dormant power waits. As the final words ‘So mote it be’ ring from the lips of Kassandra, C
ebook, 450 pages
Published December 27th 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published December 22nd 2010)
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Nicole MacDonald
Apr 17, 2016 Nicole MacDonald rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I wrote it *grin* and I'm totally allowed to love it!! I survived 18months of creating this story and still love it so it bodes well - for me at least *lol*
Kami Dodson-Perry
Dec 02, 2015 Kami Dodson-Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat, Kassie, Loi, Sian are the 4 main characters of this adventure. I feel that the author really wants the readers to feel that Cat is the #1 main character. I only feel this way because a lot of the story seems to be told through her & from Cat's POV. I like the relationship between the 4 girls & love what the spell does. I guess you need to watch that wording when casting a spell (note to self, LOL). Once the spell is cast the story really seems to take off. There is great action ...more
Penelope Fletcher
Dec 02, 2015 Penelope Fletcher rated it really liked it
I'm little more than a strumpet when it comes to book covers, and this one had me rolling over and practically purring. It's not obvious but subtly engaging.

At first the numerous points of view annoyed the hell out of me because I wanted to crawl into one characters head and stay there, letting the rest of the story envelop me. But I have to humble myself and say by doing this I was able to glean a broad and comprehensive understanding of the story, of the characters in a way I don't think I ha
Diane Ryan
Dec 02, 2015 Diane Ryan rated it it was amazing
This book is an adventure and a half. It had me laughing and turning green with envy over Nicole's eye for detail. I love a good fantasy meets sci-fi novel. Think Lord of the Rings meets a really interesting and witty chick lit book. At first I was afraid I would be thrown off by the switching point of views. I knew she was going to do it, but I hadn't quite prepared myself for how it would work. But it did work out well. It is actually a very interesting way to read a book. You get to try on ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, freebies
Writing this review is difficult. In no way I want to offend the author, but I disagree with the high rating.

This book strongly needs a good editing, both for length and grammar and punctuation mistakes. (Real mistakes, not style choices.)

I had to read some paragraphs 3 or 4 times to understand (and often I had to skip.) [i.e. the world they came, from magic...]

To me the alternating POV (third person, first person) was confusing as hell. I know it's a willingly made choice (the author said so),
The Pen & Muse
I found this book to be a bit of a tough read simply because it hit on my biggest pet peeve: bad editing. I struggled with multiple names of characters in addition to a nickname for nearly every one of them. Many of the characters expressed thoughts that were difficult to follow with the point of view shifting nearly every paragraph. Also difficult to process was the overuse of words (more specifically “and”) and misuse of verb tense (such as using has instead of had). The problem is that most ...more
N.R. Williams
I don't think it is difficult for anyone to imagine the frustrations accompanied by searching for your soul mate. In The Arrival, by Nicole MacDonald, her four protagonist are in just such a frame of mind. After a night out in New Zealand they gather to cast a love spell and end up along with their pet dog and cat in a different world. Here, magic is real and fantastical creatures abound. The girls have their hands full from the start but are delighted to discover clothes and weapons along with ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book - some of the reviews nearly put me off it but MAN am I glad I tried it. I'm a guy, normally I avoid chick lit but this was so far from what I'd expected. And written in such a cool way. I really don't get some of the reviewers comments about it being hard to read or make sense of. It was straight forward - seriously if you have issues with making it out maybe you should be reading a lower grade. Multiple POV makes this story fast paced and on the ball ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Latte rated it liked it
An Amazon freebie, I wasn't certain what to expect. While I enjoyed the storyline, the cliffhanger end drove me crazy.

As others have mentioned, it's rather disjointed in that the POV changes. Constantly. Without warning. Sometimes within a single paragraph.

It's a bit like being in the mind of a schizophrenic.

Despite this, the overall story is enjoyable. It's a fun read if you don't get too caught up in trying to separate the various POVs as you're reading. I lowered the the rating to reflect t
Jolene Stockman
Dec 02, 2015 Jolene Stockman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-zealand
What a way to dive back into the female POV! The challenge of jumping between so many different voices was one I struggled with initially like many others, but once I pushed through, I got into it! I love the combination of weaponry, magic, fight scenes, fantasy, romance, plants, creatures, landscapes, fashion, and kick-ass Kiwi women. Go Nicole!
Dec 02, 2015 Natasja rated it really liked it
When Catherine “Cat”, Sian, Laura “Loi” and Kassandra “Kassie” from New Zealand cast a love spell one night to find their soul mates, they couldn’t imagine that this will transport them to another world, where magic, other creatures and evil are normal.

Waking up outside in the woods, along with Lucky the cat and Audrey the dog, they discover that all they have are the clothes they are wearing, some food, weapons and strange money. They realize that they are not on Earth anymore and know that the
Dec 02, 2015 Melissa rated it it was ok
This is such a bumpy read to be considered a good read. I want to make it clear, though, that the plot is not bad, but there are aspects of the book that didn't help earn stars for this review. My major frustrations:

1: The different points of view-- this book by far has the most rapid shifting points of view I've ever encountered, so much so that it swings around to the next before I could even grasp whose thoughts I am into. The quick succession of POV shifts is literally confusing. A first pe
Dec 02, 2015 Jody rated it liked it
The Arrival is an exciting book with a clever premise and likable characters. The four heroines really define the word girl-power and stick together through any adversity. After being transported to a mythical land after casting a spell to find their true loves they gamely adjust to the changes and work diligently to refine the mystical powers bestowed on them to save this new world they've entered. Each heroine has unique talents and distinct personalities that set each apart and I admired ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Rayven rated it liked it
The Arrival is the first book in the Birthright Trilogy by Nicole MacDonald. I must say when I first started to read The Arrival, I had my doubts. The main characters Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi seemed very one dimensional and lacked depth. But as the book progressed, I realized this was a result from the author's writing style. From the very first page the author jumps around from different points of view,which makes for a very confusing read. This distraction took away from the lure of the ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Bron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA, adults
I loved this book, it would just sit next to me on my iPad and be like "Read me....Read know you want to." Eventually i would cave and read it. Hence the reason its finished....i tried to stretch the amount of time it took me, but it didnt last as long as i hoped.
The only downfall was the ending, i like where the story was going but it left me disapointed because i didnt know what was going to happen with Alek and Cat + the other Griffin Guard and Elementals.
I found it really easy t
Andy Angel
Dec 02, 2015 Andy Angel rated it it was amazing
Four young women from New Zealand cast a "love spell" to find their soul mates and are transported to another world - so starts this cracking book, the first in the Birthright series.
The Arrival has good world-building and history. The characters come up with a decent explanation as to why they can speak with and understand the natives. The interraction and relationship developments between the Girls and the Griffon guards is not too cloying and girly. The blurb may lead people to think this boo
Dec 02, 2015 Cyberiasha rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this one, the varying points of view gave a good flow to the storyline. Cat and the girls are great characters because they are far from average. Their interests alone in varies combat techniques like ju-jitsu and archery make them extremely fascinating to follow along.

their humanism as the story unfolds is recognizable and in many respects shockingly honest. What I loved most and feel many readers could agree, is the intro to the alternate realm. It is chock full with all sorts of gr
Dec 02, 2015 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
This was one of my very first books I ever read in ebook format. I loved it so much I could not stop reading. The girls held their own for being thrown into a whole new world with crazy exotic deadly creatures. There was love, excitement, thrills and adventure... This book was so awesome. Everyone should take a chance on it and read it. You won't be disappointed
Talli Roland
Dec 02, 2015 Talli Roland rated it it was amazing
I don't read much paranormal, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I started reading. But the characters and their plight gripped me, and as the story unfolded I just had to keep reading. I loved that these girls learn to reply on their own strength. The author does a fantastic job of weaving paranormal elements into a modern-day setting. A very entertaining read!
Sarah Ketley
Dec 02, 2015 Sarah Ketley rated it it was amazing
How did I miss leaving a review for this book!!

If you haven't read it - go get it. The girls have no shortage of character, the boys are rather stubborn and sexy. I'd love to run into them anywhere! The plot is really well thought out and the writing is well sculpted and just plain fun.

Can't wait for the next book.

Awesome read from a gifted new author.

Rebecca Walker
Dec 02, 2015 Rebecca Walker rated it really liked it
This book got off to a slow start due to the changes in POV, the use of different nicknames, and the general lack of structure. But the story was good and full of action, especially toward the end. It was definitely worth the $0 I paid for it (many thanks to the author for the freebie) and I am willing to pay for her next ebook.
Cheryl Archbold
Dec 02, 2015 Cheryl Archbold rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I hope the second book in the series comes out soon. Don't wanna be a spoiler so I won't say what happens......guess You'll have to read it to find out. :)
Dec 02, 2015 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book I didn't want to put it down!! Can't wait for book two!!!
Dec 02, 2015 Caiti marked it as to-read
I'm not one of those people who doesn't finish books they don't like. I can't stand the thought of not finishing something I've started; it's particularly painful when I get caught up in a series I don't like all that much, but I'm far too stubborn to just put it down and read something else.

This is the first time I've put a book down without intending to finish it. I just can't in good faith bring myself to do it, especially when I know I have other books I need to start. Because of that, I wan
Scott Hundley
Oct 26, 2016 Scott Hundley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

Absolutely wonderful author. This book was gripping, so much so it was hard to put down. I loved the character development, of both worlds.
Roger Royer
Dec 08, 2016 Roger Royer rated it really liked it
What a fun and fantastic book. I really enjoyed it and plan reading the next one.
Melissa Levine
Nov 11, 2016 Melissa Levine rated it it was ok
No problems regarding the plot. The story itself was good. The changing of the POV's though, OMG!! I have never read a book like this one. I usually have no issues when the author chooses to use multiple POV's but this one, had WAY TOO MANY! I had to keep rereading parts where I have no clue who was even talking/thinking. It was really confusing. I'd like to say that it got easier throughout the story, but not really. After the 4 ladies meet with the Griffin guys (5 total) and then their 5 ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Jenna rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
It really, really, scares me how close I came to putting down this book around Chapter Three and never finishing it. I ended up forcing myself to keep reading, and thank goodness for that!

I'll start with the things I really liked about this book. Nicole MacDonald has created a very detailed and interesting fantasy world, and then made it even better by adding likeable and engaging characters to it. The story centers around four best friends who cast a spell looking for their soul mates, and the
Dec 02, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok

I'm going to be honest here and state: I have a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing. I also plan on attending an MFA program in Creative Writing -- particularly specializing in young adult. So, please keep this in mind as you read my review.

First off: DO NOT RE-INVENT THE WHEEL. The author has put warnings all over her book (which I found out later) due to the fact that she was getting poor revie
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Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi are fed up with not having any men in their lives, so they decide to cast a love spell. Instead of uniting them with their soul mate, the spell transports them to a different planet where nothing is at seems. Oh, and their cat and dog are tagging along as well for good measure. A bit in “Alice in Wonderland” fashion the four girls have to find their way through the mystical island to get back to their ho
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Nicole MacDonald is the Independent author of The Arrival, and, Awakening, the first two books in the BirthRight Trilogy. Writing had never been a life long dream for her but it now is an all consuming passion.
A proud Kiwi (New Zealander) Nicole dreams that one day Peter Jackson will be in touch to option the film rights for the BirthRight Trilogy. When she's not daydreaming about that she's worki
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“They said you’re an Elemental. You don’t look like an Elemental, more like a cheap maid from Slemnask.' She spat the words out, the inference obvious. My rational voice had a field day while I observed her costume; a belt for a skirt and a belt for a top. 'Pot, meet kettle,' I replied in a pleasant tone.” 1 likes
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