Book review - Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux
review writeen by Aaron Willyard
OPAL HAS KILLED FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVES ARE ALL THE RIGHT REASONS.
All Opal wanted was to be respected as a wielder of magic, but her teachers passed her over time and time again. When a mysterious warlord embarks on a conquest to destroy the lands of Illyia Opal seizes an opportunity to step out from the shadows of her instructors and take her rightful spot among them. Tala, an alluring young elf, was banished from her tribe, hunted and nearly killed by the beasts that dwell in the deep forests, but more than anything else she is a survivor. Joining forces with an ancient elemental power Tala finds herself in the center of an unrelenting human war. She never wanted any of this. Flesh like leather and bone as strong as steel Karn, a veteran from the first kingdom to fall, is fueled by vengeance. While pushing ever headlong into battle Karn begins to recall memories of another life; ghosts that haunt his dreams.
Through death of soul, their world is born..
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Let me start off by saying that this book is definitely unlike most other books
of this genre. Sometimes I think I've read all the fantasy-type books that I
possibly can. How many more times can I read about the world coming to an end
due to the evil machinations of some dark lord, wizard, or king who is trying to
obtain some great artifact of power which will make him or her unstoppable and
must be stopped by some individual with a destiny to lead the forces of good to
victory? Soul Born does not fit this commonly-used formula. I must admit that
at first it was hard to get used to as I kept expecting the story to go a
certain way based on my pre-conceived notions of how these types of book usually
go. Eventually, I stopped trying to imprint my ideas onto the story though and
sat back and enjoyed the ride.
The story focuses on three different main characters: Opal, a healer and
powerful mage, Karn, a ruthless warrior with a noble heart, and Tala,
a beautiful and cunning elf. A great warlord is leading an enormous army to
conquer the land of Illyia. Opal, Karn, Tala are all trying to stop the
warlord, however, each has their own reasons. This is a world that is full of
competing powers and various races of people with their own agendas and goals
from elves and dark elves, jackalweres, lizard men, mages, giants, and humans.
Each party has a stake in the outcome of the battles being waged across the
land. Opal is faced with the task of answering to a council of mages who have
commanded her to get the man she loves, Karn, to do their bidding. Tala has the
task of finding Karn and exposing him to secrets of his forgotten past while
falling for him at the same time. Karn struggles with being the person chosen
to defeat the great warlord but he is continually plagued by visions and dreams
of another life.
This book definitely gets down to business. If you are looking for an epic tale
full of long explanations and an in-depth narrations of the history behind
Illyria and all of its inhabitants, you won't find it here. The reader is given
just enough information to learn what is important but the action keeps moving
along. At certain times in the story, this left me confused with many
questions. This kept me intrigued though and wanting to keep reading in order
to have my questions answered. I enjoyed being dropped into the middle of an
adventure and slowly discovering the secrets behind the action as the story
Soul Born was different from many other books in that important characters may
not easily classify as "good" or "evil". As in real life, sometimes people make
good choices with pure motives and sometimes they make selfish ones that may
hurt others. This led to many twists and kept my mind active throughout the
entire book questioning every move the characters made trying to guess what
secrets were really going on behind the scenes. There are some secrets left
unresolved though as this book is only the beginning of what looks to be a
thrilling adventure. I recommend you buckle up and hold on tight.
This review was written by Aaron Willyard for Julie Brazeal's blog: A Tale of Many Reviews
Julie is a former teacher and curriculum director who now works part time helping low performing schools. No longer having students to discuss books with on a daily basis, she started A Tale of Many Reviews blog. Her favorite genres are urban fantasy and paranormal, but really will read anything that catches her fancy.