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    I am Judica, do you want to know who I really am?

    Proposed reader-I trust you are aware this is book 2 in the series and before proceeding with this super read have you read book 1, if not, I urge you to do so before this book 2. The Evian's are an intense race, quite unlike humans and this means they are very harsh in life with each other and in many instances humans too. One would not think twice about killing another one if the appropriate circumstances arose. Judica's twin Chancery still lives and by their laws and customs she should have been put to death at birth because she was born first, therefore the second born becomes Heir to their mother Enora, Empress of the Alamecha family. But the mother Enora did not follow the strict protocol of their clan by killing Chancery and just leaving Judica. Enora did this because she was the Empress and could do anything she wanted to without any adverse effect. However, in this instance it did because it caused Judica to have doubts about her mother's actions and love for her, creating a very serious rift between her and Chancery, in fact if it came to a head she felt she could quite easily kill her sister to protect her position. Chancery was a very different person to Judica and her feelings and ambition to be friendly with all races, even though if not an evian, caused Judica great concern about her sister, she was not the typical evian she should be, especially being part of the Royal family too. There are dark forces working within the family and this means inside the Palace where Judica lives. She is very concerned about her mother's untimely death and desperately wants to find out who is behind it so she can deal to them in the extreme as an ordinary evian would, but possibly not as harshly as Judica will when she finds out. She has her suspicions but needs more than them to weed out this person or persons. There is a small number of personnel she is absolutely certain would not be involved with killing her mother and one of these is Chancery which makes her disliking her sister more difficult knowing she loved her mother and mother loved her too, it even created doubt in Judica's mind whether their mother loved them both equally. This worried her and is one of the reasons Judica finds it difficult to let herself be close to anybody in spite of on occasions she really wants to but has no trust, in herself or the other party. She was heir to the throne but her loving mother near the end of her time changed that and again this caused Judica much anguish. After extensive investigations and some assistance from other parties she casts one of her mother's life long and most trusted friends and household position manager into jail while Judica makes further enquiries. She finally reaches a conclusion and acts on her beliefs but finds out later she may have come to the wrong decision. There is also other sisters involved in various roles both within the palace and in other towns, what is their roles in this conspiracy, Does Judica finally get to the bottom of it and avenge her mother? When her mother passed Judica was in power for a short time and during this period she made a decision regarding an action she wanted to happen, with the appearance that another country caused this war like event so that she could play politics and hopefully come out as the good race of evians and their kingdom be even more powerful. This action when it did happen in the near future, was a very drastic move and would cost the lives of many thousands of innocent people in another country. Judica and Chancery have had their fight against each other with surprising results, Judica finds it difficult to ascertain what actually happened to her thought process during this event and given how she felt about being overseen and Chancery being appointed her successor by her mother just before she passed. She was certain given a challenge to a fight by Chancery, she would be able to kill her sister so she could regain the throne and become the all powerful one, but what happened to her thoughts and what did Chancery do to her to make her recant her decision to kill Chancery. In her usual manner Chancery was very forgiving to her aggressive and hateful sister ,but what did she really feel towards her? Unbeknown to Judica, after the fight, Chancery found out about Judica's plan she had actioned and took immediate action to nullify the results, the results were so devastating but she was still there to act as the Empress, what was this action put in place by Judica and how would she feel when she found out the truth about what happened? Why did Chancery suddenly disappear off the face of the earth so it seemed, with nobody aware of what she was doing or where she went. Judica found herself in a dire situation caused by a very close friend of her mothers and later on by an older sister. There was a specific reason for this sister and friend to act as they did and the more. I have more to add but there is not enough space for me to complete.
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    Even better than the first book!

    I went into this book thinking there was no way Bridget E. Baker could make me sympathize with Judica. There was just no way I could ever like her after the things she did in Displaced. Wow, was I ever wrong! Reading both sides of the story really does make a difference. I ended up loving Judica. "There are two sides to every story, but they can’t both be true, can they? In the second book of the Birthright Series, Bridget E. Baker weaves a tale of bad things done for very good reasons and an unexpected chance at redemption." That perfectly describes this book. I know the author says this is an optional read, but in my opinion, if you are going to read this series, this is a must read. Lots of things were explained and layers were peeled away so that we were able to see who Judica really is. Along with telling Judica's side of the story, there is also some romance added that was nicely done, and a couple of new characters that I really liked as well.
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    Redemption is never impossible

    Judica is heir to the Evian throne, the most powerful position in the world. She has spent her entire life training for this position (how many five-year-olds have to learn battle strategy and diplomacy and hand-to-hand combat?). And at age 17, when her mother unexpectedly dies, she finds herself taking the position she has devoted her life to. Until she discovers that just days before, her mother changed the heir paperwork, naming her twin sister the new empress. Chancery, the sister who received their mother’s affection while Judica received her instruction. The one who knows next to nothing about running a government while Judica has given up her childhood to learn how. On top of that, Chancery formally accuses Judica of killing their mother. Surprisingly, Judica doesn’t really mind being passed over for empress. She fights Chancery, but more out of concern for what would happen to Evian with a young, weak ruler. Because weak is the one thing that an empress of a supernatural race cannot be. As a young child, Judica learned the terrible truth that a ruler cannot show compassion or even affection for anyone who could be a rival…particularly a twin sister who could assert a claim to the throne. So she pushes herself to be perfect, unflawed by any weakness. The one person in whom she could have confided, sharing her struggles and finding relief from the constant tension, is her mother, the empress. And the empress chose to love Chancery. All of the time she spent with Judica was training, teaching her how to be the perfect leader. But what Chancery doesn’t know is that her cold, hard sister actually yearns for her love. That Judica wishes she could fall in love just because of who a person is rather than how he can help her rule. That she deeply loved the mother who only seemed to see her as the heir. That she isn’t cruel because she enjoys being cruel. That she wonders if there’s a possibility of a second chance at being sisters rather than rivals. One of my favorite aspects of Bridget Baker’s books is the depth of character she portrays, and the fact that every single character has understandable and redeemable qualities. I can identify much more with Chancery, both in personality and the way she was raised. I can’t imagine being in Judica’s situation…and yet, I live her life as I read this book. I feel her pain at desperately trying for her mother’s affection while it is lavished on Chancery. And I wonder: how many of the “bullies” I’ve known were in a similar situation, avoiding any display of weakness for their own survival in a harsh situation, but secretly yearning for love? I also like that although there is a strong story arc that goes through the series (this book does not wrap up all the questions), it doesn’t end on an unsatisfying cliffhanger. I strongly recommend that all the “Chancerys” in life, who go through hard things but know love, read this book to understand others better. And I recommend that all the “Judicas” read it to see that there is hope.
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    Loved it!

    This story breaks off from the first book and is told from Judica's point of view. It draws you in and has you feeling all kinds of emotions towards her! I didn't think I would want to read this at first because I wanted to continue from where the last book ended but I am very glad I did!! It was great!! I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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    Judica's Tale - The other side of the story

    This is Book 2 in Bridget Baker's Birthright series. Having read Book 1, I was sure I wasn't a fan of the main character in Book 2 as it is told from Judica's POV. Bridget managed to turn my certain dislike of Judica around. Bridget has an engaging writing style with great attention to detail. The plot turns and surprises are sure to keep readers ready for the next page, chapter and book.
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